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‘So What,’ by John Szwed

Sometime in late 1947, Miles was stopped one evening on 52nd Street by a thin white man in a cap and workers’ clothes. Miles had seen him in the clubs, munching salted radishes from a paper bag. What he wanted from Miles was permission to make a big band arrangement of “Donna Lee.” He was Gil Evans, an arranger for the Claude Thornhill Orchestra. […]

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