Psychedelic Jazz-Rock Fusion Video of the Day

Set the controls for the heart of the sun: Miles electric, Montreux ’73.

Announcing a new feature. No, really. If NPR can have Performance Today (i.e., daily updates in a field of music where there has been no appreciable development for a hundred years), who’s gonna say it can’t be done?

The back-story: After hooking up with his hot young wife Betty (herself the subject of some recent reissues), Miles Davis realized he was out-of-fucking-touch with youth culture and retooled his career with a sound that would horrify jazz traditionalists and echo for decades in pop culture. Miles forbade his musicians to practice. They had to just feel it. And, baby, they did. Here’s proof.