I grew up with Miles Davis' music from an early age, particularly the Columbia Years box set that came out in the '80s (which my dad bought and introduced to me when I was 4 years old). I've always loved the sound of Miles' muted trumpet and I'm a big fan of his pre-fusion work. There's something so evocative and familiar about that sound. My dad was probably a bigger fan of the fusion stuff (particularly as a diehard fan of John McLaughlin on guitar) but I never quite got into it as much, although I can certainly appreciate how groundbreaking it was/is. But what about his '80s comeback material? (For reference, Miles went into retirement from circa 1975-1980, returning with The Man With The Horn in '81 or so and continued recording/performing until he passed in 1991). A lot of my music/jazz-loving friends tend to dismiss Miles' '80s comeback material -- too dated-sounding ('80s synths, synth drums, pop influences, etc.), less memorable compositions, Miles no longer being an innovator in jazz and seeming to follow trends and fashions, being too commercial, dressing rather peculiarly onstage, etc. However, for some reason, I love quite a bit of Miles' '80s music. Granted, not all of the recordings are winners and I wouldn't necessarily recommend his '80s work first to someone who wasn't familiar with Miles (I'd say start with Kind of Blue or 'Round About Midnight), but I really think he continued to push the envelope for himself and came up with some creative, challenging, yet very listenable/accessible works. I can still listen to Miles' '80s work without feeling it's kitschy in a way that I find a lot of late '70s jazz-fusion/smooth jazz is (no offence to anyone who likes it), even if some of the musical elements are indeed dated. My two favourite albums from that era of Miles are Tutu and Amandla. Again, not every song on those two albums is a winner (some of them sound like they could almost pass as backing tracks for Prince or Michael Jackson), but the standouts for me are "Tutu", "Portia" (so beautifully hypnotic and meditative -- time literally stands still for me when I listen to that one), "Cobra", and "Hannibal". One of the things that strikes me about Miles' pre-fusion music for me is that when I listen to it, I can almost see myself wandering the streets of NYC at night in the '40s or '50s. I get that same vibe from those two albums, except that the decade is the '80s instead. Some criticized his covers of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" and Michael Jackson's "Human Nature", but I absolutely love what Miles' treatment of them. I appreciate Lauper's original but Miles' version of "Time After Time" almost reduces me to tears every time I hear it. Let's not forget that Miles continued to collaborate with amazing musicians during that decade, including Mike Stern, Robben Ford, John Scofield, Marcus Miller (who provided most of the instrumentation on Tutu including programming the drum machines in such a way that they could actually swing!), Darryl Jones, etc. Maybe I'm crazy? Maybe it's nostalgia for a decade I grew up in? I don't know. All I know is that some of Miles' '80s music would rank in my personal Top 20 of Miles Davis.