This conversation was held on a warm January afternoon on the terrace of Miles Davis' beach house in Malibu, California. I had gone to the house with Miles' record producer, Tommy LiPuma, who had told me that Miles' reputation for being a difficult man to talk to was not necessarily true. From the minute Miles opened the large wooden front door to his house and invited us inside, it was obvious that this was the case. In fact, when Tommy introduced us, Miles inexplicably gave me a hug. Throughout the interview, which took place during the afternoon and, informally, continued well into the evening, Miles was gracious, humorous and extremely generous with himself and his time. The interview began with us sitting across from each other at a table, with a bowl of potato chips in between. Miles had a sketch pad in his lap and was drawing with a large magenta felt tip pen.