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Mute: Miles Davis 1991

28th June 2018

 

This was the drawing of Miles Davis that appeared on my 1991 Christmas card.

It was the year he died and Richard Williams used this picture on his jazz round up in the Independent On Sunday magazine when he was editor. It was the most handsome of magazines and the writing was excellent. He’d interviewed everybody, presented The Old Grey Whistle Test was starting his second notable career as a sports writer. He said the main difference between the two schools (music and sports writing) were the ways that a musician’s personality would sometimes be hidden or subdued by their art. the exact opposite being true in sport. Nothing was hidden. Nothing could be,

Above is a later, digital drawing of an older but not necessarily wiser Miles.
One of my favourite designers and best mates bought the original; the late and great Laurence Grinter, and I was glad it went to a good home. He was a typographer of rare taste and instinct as well as a truly gifted fretless bass player.

I miss them both.