Miles Davis (1926-1991) is a jazz composer and widely considered to be one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. His 48 album discography features mainly jazz and various hybrids but his closest link with bossa nova is his 1964 release “Quiet Nights,” an album featuring various jazz standards done in bossa nova style.

Miles Davis discusses Desafinado

Miles Davis discusses Desafinado

In 1964 he gave his view on a number of songs including the bossa nova classic “Desafinado,” as performed by Joao Gilberto and Stan Getz.

“Gilberto and Stan Getz made an album together? Stan plays good on that. I like Gilberto; I’m not particularly crazy about just anybody’s bossa nova. I like the samba. And I like Stan, because he has so much patience, the way he plays those melodies – other people can’t get nothing out of a song, but he can. Which takes a lot of imagination, that he has, that so many other people don’t have.

As for Gilberto, he could read a newspaper and sound good! I’ll give that one five stars.”