"No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination." - Edward Hopper
I saw an exhibition titled "We Want Miles" in 2010 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, which was a multimedia retrospective consisting of musical excerpts, film and documentary clips, drawings by Miles Davis, paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Mati Klarwein, photographs by Annie Leibovitz and Irving Penn, costumes, musical instruments and musical scores lent by the Davis family. Despite being a museum exhibition about a musician, there was no shortage of visual interest. In looking back at some of my pictures from the show, I remembered how much I liked some of Davis' album cover art.
Considering Miles' own creativity in everything he did - his music, his clothing, his own art - it's no surprise that his album cover art had quite a spectacular range of images. While Miles Davis recorded over a hundred albums (including studio albums, live recordings, and compilation albums), I've collected my Top 20 favorites to show you the visual ideas that accompanied his incredible music.