Best Of 2012, Guest Editors: Global Noise On Miles Davis

As 2012 comes to an end, we are taking a look back at some of our favorite posts of the year by our guest editors.

Jason Miles has been around for a long time, programming synths for and jamming with the likes of Miles Davis and Luther Vandross, let alone producing other side projects over the years. DJ Logic has been around, too, working with ?uestlove, Vernon Reid, Marcus Miller and many more. The two have been through a lot together, traveling the world from Japan to Marrakech before finally releasing the first Global Noize album in 2008, later joined permanently by Indian vocalist Falu on their latest, A Prayer For The Planet (Lightyear/EMI). Global Noize will be guest editing all week. Read our brand new Q&A with Logic and Miles.

Miles: I still don’t believe it when I see myself in the various pictures I have with Miles that I got to be friends and work with him. He was so brilliant and many times misunderstood on his comments and stance on many different subjects like music and race. He was warm and generous to me, and I learned a lot about music and life from him. If you went to Europe and performed in the ’50s and ’60s you were treated like royalty. Miles met kings and queens, only to come back to the U.S. and not be able to use the same bathroom and restaurant in North Carolina as a white person. I would be bitter and angry as well.He constantly changed the music, and I can say most of his albums have sparked serious discussion and controversy. He has and will continue to influence generations of musicians and fans for many more years to come.