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As he is wont to do, Miles plays an understated, melodic solo. Then boom, out comes Trane. His tone is robust and muscular, his dynamic range is broad, and his melodic lines are filled with dissonance and tension. The solos juxtapose one another perfectly. It’s almost as if Miles uses Trane’s innate intensity as a compositional tool.

Miles Davis’ classic sextet is throwing down at the Newport Jazz Festival. John Coltrane steps up to the microphone, beginning a solo that rapidly escalates to wild, cascading flurries of notes. The jazz critics in the house – hell, most of the audience for that matter – are perplexed. In a subsequent Down Beat issue, a writer goes on to refer to Coltrane as an “angry young tenor.”