How is it that Miles Davis became the focus of so much adulation? Unlike the greats of jazz, he left no significant contributions as a composer. Instead of drawing his audience into the music, he turned his back on them almost defying them to follow the trip he was determined to take alone. Great players like Bill Evans blossomed after they broke their ties with him. Jazz for him wasn't celebrating a great melody by adding an individual contribution. His style was unique in the sense that he had but one speed - strung out, and personal exhibitionism was the only goal. If he left any legacy, it was the sad one of leading young players like Wynton Marsalis down a dead end road where their obvious talents were wasted.
Nevertheless he's a cult icon. It's the musical equivalent of the emperor's new clothes.