by Joe Schwab
It's been well documented that Miles Davis came home to East St. Louis in 1953 while in the throes of a bad heroin addiction to spend time on his father's farm in order to kick. Before departing for the farm, Miles made a stop at radio station KXLW to visit with Modern Jazz DJ and hipster Harry Frost and his Fresh Air program. This is a fascinating look into Miles' persona and the most extensive recorded interview with him from this era. Miles discusses his career and recordings up until that time. Most people have never heard Miles' voice before it was entrenched with the raspy croak that we're used to and it's rather hard to fathom that this is the man who would later become known as "The Prince of Darkness". The Miles we hear is amiable and friendly, but obviously hurting from the drugs he was determined to defeat.
This is a very very rare and historic recording, enjoy and look for the second part of the program next week.