Over six full decades, from his arrival on the national scene in 1945 until his death in 1991, Miles Davis made music that grew from an uncanny talent to hear the future and a headstrong desire to play it. From his beginnings in the circle of modern jazz, he came to intuit new worlds of sound and challenge. While the vast majority of musicians – jazz, rock, R&B, otherwise – find the experimental charge and imperviousness of youth eventually running down, Miles forever forged ahead, trusting and following instinct until the end. In doing so, Miles became the standard bearer for successive generations of musicians, and shaped the course of modern improvisational music more than a half-dozen times.
In 1985, his album You're Under Arrest – with unexpected covers of recent pop charters (Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" and Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time") – brought the long Davis-Columbia association to a close. He embarked on a new relationship with Warner Bros. Records and producer Tommy LiPuma, scoring successes with Tutu, Music from Siesta, and Amandla (featuring a new breed of soloists, including alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett, tenor saxophonist Rick Margitza, guitarist Jean-Paul Bourelly, and keyboardist Joey DeFrancesco). Originally issued in 1989, the consummate Amandla is one of the finest releases of Davis' late period highlighted by a sterling tribute to bassist Jaco Pastorius entitled "Mr. Pastorius."