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Ron Miles: Custodian of Beauty, Part 1


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Ron Miles was a jazz hypnotist who would lure his listeners into his music world, taking them to another dimension and gently dropping them back on earth at the end of his concerts, or albums, leaving them wondering... "what did just happen...? And how did I get here?"

A few days back he passed away at 58, something that for most came as completely unexpected and very hard to make sense of. So this week we do the only thing that may help process this event, taking a look back at decades of music that he wrote and played, either as leader or sideman but always as a custodian of beauty.


  • Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • Ron Miles "Finger Palace" Cruel Heart (Gramavision) 0:16
  • Host talks 6:14
  • Ron Miles "Custodian of the New" Rainbow Sign (Blue Note) 7:18
  • Host talks 15:15
  • Ron Miles "I Am a Man" I Am a Man (Enja/Yellowbird) 1:14:17
  • Jason Moran "Cupid" Bangs (Yes) 22:50
  • Host talks 29:42
  • Bill Frisell "Tales from the Far Side" Bill Frisell Quartet (Nonesuch) 31:52
  • Ron Miles, Bill Frisell "Just Married" Heaven (Sterling Circle) 38:20
  • Host talks 43:02
  • Ron Miles, Bill Frisell, Brian Blade "Rudy-Go-Round" Quiver (Enja/Yellowbird) 44:38
  • Joshua Redman "It's Not the Same" Still Dreaming (Nonesuch) 50:36
  • Host talks 53:16
  • Jenny Scheinman "Moe Hawk" 12 Songs (Cryptogramophone) 54:53
  • Ben Goldberg "Wazee" Go Home (BAG) 1:01:27
  • Myra Melford "Promised Land" Snowy Egret (Enja) 1:08:03
Photo credit: Luciano Rossetti (Phocus Agency)

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