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Jazz Rock/Fusion • United States


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Miles Dewey Davis III - May 26, 1926 (Alton, Illinois, US) - September 28, 1991

Miles Davis was not only a gifted musician (trumpet and composition) but also a major artist of the twentieth century. He was in a constant search for new forms of expression. Having been a painter himself, and not unlike Pablo Picasso he tried to renew himself in all periods of his life. He played on various early bebop records, recorded one of the first cool jazz records, developped modal jazz, and was a pioneer in jazz rock . Only a few musicians have mastered like him to shape new forms and set aesthetic milestones.

The "electric" period of Miles Davis started in 1969 and ended in1975 when Miles retired due to health problems until the end of the seventies. In these years Miles distributed an important part to jazz rock. Columbia released four studio records 'In a silent way'(1969), 'Bitches Brew' (1970), 'A tribute to Jack Johnson' (1970), 'On the Corner' (1972) and an important number of live records (some released on vinyl only in Japan) : 'Black Beauty'/Live at the Fillmore West (1970), 'Live-Evil' (1970), 'Dark Magus' (1974) 'Agharta' (1975), 'Pangaea' (1975). A great part of the studio tracks recorded during these years were only released in the second half of the 70's and first half of the 80's on various compilations.

Beginning with 'In a silent way' Miles used mainly riffs or short segments and more often just simple rhythmic figures that would serve as a base for collective improvisation. At the same time the rhythmic changed from tertiary jazz rhythm to binary rock rhythm. Guitarist John Mc Laughlin became one of the key elements of the electric Miles sound. Influenced by Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles, Miles Davis used during this period for the first time new studio techniques, new electronic instruments (among them the Fender Rhodes electric piano) and new sound devices, (Miles would use heavily the Wah-Wah pedal, popularized by Hendrix) to enlarge the sound spectrum of his music. Miles was among the first musicians to realize the full potential of modern recording studios. He and his longtime producer Teo Macero recorded non-stop whole sessions, with the intention to choose and assemble the material afterwards. They would use this technique in an extensive way, especially on 'Bitches Brew', creating musical "puzzles" through multiple edits, up to a point where the original tracks are barely recognizable. ('Pharaoh's Dance'on Bitches Br...
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Kind Of Blue (Vinyl)Kind Of Blue (Vinyl)
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The Best of Miles Davis & John Coltrane (1955-1961)The Best of Miles Davis & John Coltrane (1955-1961)
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Not Now 2016
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Sketches Of SpainSketches Of Spain
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Columbia / Legacy 1997
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Miles Davis at Newport: 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4Miles Davis at Newport: 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4
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Miles Davis Quintet:  Live In Europe 1967:  The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1Miles Davis Quintet: Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1
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3.00 | 16 ratings
First Miles
1945
3.38 | 8 ratings
Boppin' The Blues
1946
3.13 | 8 ratings
Cool Boppin'
1948
3.00 | 9 ratings
Blue Period
1951
3.45 | 22 ratings
Blue Haze [Aka: Miles Davis Quartet]
1954
3.70 | 16 ratings
The Musings Of Miles [Aka: The Beginning]
1955
3.50 | 22 ratings
Blue Moods
1955
3.75 | 8 ratings
Collectors' Items
1956
3.74 | 25 ratings
Miles Davis And Milt Jackson [Aka: Quintet/Sextet]
1956
3.69 | 13 ratings
Miles Davis And Horns
1956
3.31 | 16 ratings
Miles [Aka: The New Miles Davis Quintet]
1956
3.98 | 37 ratings
Bags' Groove
1957
4.23 | 123 ratings
'Round About Midnight
1957
3.71 | 38 ratings
Miles Davis All Stars: Walkin'
1957
4.06 | 51 ratings
The Miles Davis Quintet: Cookin'
1957
3.90 | 48 ratings
The Miles Davis Quintet: Relaxin'
1957
3.87 | 51 ratings
Miles Ahead
1957
4.25 | 146 ratings
Milestones
1958
3.21 | 32 ratings
Ascenseur Pour l'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)
1958
3.77 | 22 ratings
Miles Davis And The Modern Jazz Giants
1958
3.97 | 13 ratings
Jazz Track
1958
4.10 | 80 ratings
Porgy and Bess
1958
4.09 | 51 ratings
The Miles Davis Quintet: Workin'
1959
4.36 | 931 ratings
Kind Of Blue
1959
4.04 | 167 ratings
Sketches Of Spain
1960
3.68 | 47 ratings
Miles Davis Sextet: Someday My Prince Will Come
1961
4.13 | 56 ratings
The Miles Davis Quintet: Steamin'
1961
3.53 | 34 ratings
Quiet Nights
1963
4.14 | 64 ratings
Seven Steps To Heaven
1963
3.85 | 58 ratings
Miles Davis Quintet: E.S.P.
1965
4.24 | 113 ratings
Miles Davis Quintet: Miles Smiles
1966
4.04 | 74 ratings
Miles Davis Quintet: Sorcerer
1967
4.13 | 111 ratings
Miles Davis Quintet: Nefertiti
1967
4.04 | 84 ratings
Miles Davis Quintet: Miles In The Sky
1968
3.94 | 77 ratings
Filles De Kilimanjaro
1968
4.30 | 643 ratings
In A Silent Way
1969
4.25 | 633 ratings
Bitches Brew
1970
4.20 | 197 ratings
A Tribute To Jack Johnson
1971
3.83 | 109 ratings
On The Corner
1972
4.29 | 93 ratings
Big Fun
1974
4.05 | 97 ratings
Get Up With It
1974
3.46 | 51 ratings
Water Babies
1976
3.59 | 36 ratings
The Man With The Horn
1981
3.19 | 36 ratings
Star People
1983
2.56 | 34 ratings
Decoy
1984
2.67 | 34 ratings
You're Under Arrest
1985
2.48 | 66 ratings
Tutu
1986
3.48 | 48 ratings
Aura
1989
3.71 | 36 ratings
Amandla
1989
2.41 | 50 ratings
Doo-Bop
1992

MILES DAVIS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.80 | 10 ratings
Birdland 1951
1951
3.91 | 11 ratings
At Newport
1958
3.43 | 18 ratings
At Carnegie Hall
1961
4.10 | 20 ratings
Miles in Berlin
1964
4.19 | 29 ratings
My Funny Valentine: Miles Davis in Concert
1965
3.62 | 15 ratings
Miles in Tokyo
1969
3.14 | 36 ratings
Miles Davis at Fillmore: Live at the Fillmore East
1970
4.07 | 76 ratings
Live-Evil
1971
2.94 | 25 ratings
In Concert: Live at Philharmonic Hall
1972
3.32 | 30 ratings
Black Beauty: Live at the Fillmore West
1973
4.61 | 61 ratings
Dark Magus
1974
4.34 | 58 ratings
Pangaea
1975
3.68 | 63 ratings
Agharta
1975
3.48 | 27 ratings
We Want Miles
1982
3.13 | 8 ratings
Live In Warsaw
1983
3.12 | 6 ratings
Miles Davis And The Lighthouse All-Stars: At Last !
1985
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Second Spring
1991
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Live
1991
4.47 | 15 ratings
The Complete Concert 1964 My Funny Valentine + Four & More
1992
3.88 | 15 ratings
Live At Montreux (with Quincy Jones)
1993
4.64 | 11 ratings
The Complete Live at The Plugged Nickel
1995
3.09 | 14 ratings
Live Around the World
1996
0.00 | 0 ratings
Bye Bye Blackbird
1996
4.00 | 1 ratings
Fat Time
1997
4.07 | 16 ratings
It's About that Time: Live at the Fillmore East, March 7, 1970
2001
3.00 | 2 ratings
Olympia - Jul. 11th, 1973
2002
4.67 | 9 ratings
In Person Friday and Saturday Nights at the Blackhawk, Complete
2003
4.00 | 1 ratings
European Tour '56 (With the Modern Jazz Quartet and Lester Young)
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
Moondreams
2007
4.71 | 7 ratings
MIles Davis Quintet - Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. I
2011
3.60 | 12 ratings
Bitches Brew Live
2011
3.00 | 2 ratings
Miles Davis Quintet - The Unissued Japanese Concerts
2011

MILES DAVIS Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

5.00 | 2 ratings
Miles in Paris
1990
4.07 | 5 ratings
The Miles Davis Story
2002

MILES DAVIS Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.13 | 55 ratings
Birth of The Cool
1949
3.53 | 19 ratings
Dig
1956
4.00 | 5 ratings
Miles Davis: Volume 1
1956
4.33 | 3 ratings
Many Miles of Davis
1962
5.00 | 3 ratings
Miles Davis Vol. 1
1963
0.00 | 0 ratings
Plays For Lovers
1965
0.00 | 0 ratings
Greatest Hits
1967
2.26 | 4 ratings
Greatest Hits
1969
0.00 | 0 ratings
A Man Ahead
1970
4.00 | 1 ratings
Tallest Trees
1972
4.45 | 17 ratings
Circle In The Round
1979
4.29 | 7 ratings
'58 Sessions Featuring Stella By Starlight
1991
0.00 | 0 ratings
Miles Davis (Collection)
1993
4.50 | 2 ratings
This Is Jazz: Miles Davis Acoustic
1996
0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Masters - 100 Ans De Jazz
1996
3.79 | 20 ratings
The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions
1998
3.28 | 6 ratings
Panthalassa: The Music of Miles Davis 1969-1974
1998
4.83 | 6 ratings
Best of the Miles Davis Quintet, 1965-'68
1999
4.96 | 9 ratings
Miles Davis Quintet: The Complete Studio Recordings, 1965-'68
1999
4.32 | 19 ratings
The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions
2001
4.33 | 3 ratings
The Essential Miles Davis
2001
3.47 | 8 ratings
The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions
2003
4.13 | 13 ratings
The Cellar Door Sessions
2005
5.00 | 2 ratings
The Best Of Miles Davis & John Coltrane (1955-1961)
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Very Best Of Miles davis: The Warner Bros. Sessions 1985/ 1991
2007
4.73 | 12 ratings
The Complete On the Corner Sessions
2007
3.00 | 1 ratings
Milestones
2007
2.00 | 1 ratings
Double Best Collection: Miles Davis
2007
5.00 | 1 ratings
Collections
2009
5.00 | 7 ratings
The Complete Columbia Album Collection
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
Perfect Way: The Miles Davis Anthology - The Warner Bros. Years
2010
4.12 | 6 ratings
Miles Davis Quintet: Live in Europe 1969 (The Bootleg Series Vol. 2)
2013

MILES DAVIS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Miles Davis And His Orchestra Vol. 2
1953
4.00 | 1 ratings
Classics In Jazz Part 1
1954
2.00 | 1 ratings
Green Haze
1955
4.00 | 3 ratings
Collectors' Items
1957
3.50 | 2 ratings
Someday My Prince Will Come
1962
2.00 | 1 ratings
Blow / Fantasy
1992
2.95 | 3 ratings
Plugged Nickel Sampler
1995
2.00 | 1 ratings
Miles
2008

MILES DAVIS Reviews


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 Miles Davis And Milt Jackson  [Aka: Quintet/Sextet] by DAVIS, MILES album cover Studio Album, 1956
3.74 | 25 ratings

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Miles Davis And Milt Jackson [Aka: Quintet/Sextet]
Miles Davis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by kurtrongey

3 stars Quintet/Sextet something of an outlier in the Miles discography, with an ensemble that never came together again. It features angular head lines that flirt with the underlying tonalities and some fertile ground for soloing. Despite promising material, the band just didn't have the chemistry or time to gel into a truly special unit. Jackie McLean seems either aloof or rejected due to only bringing his sax to two songs he wrote. On the three up-tempo numbers, Milt Jackson plays in a frankly robotic mode that has plenty of flash but little soul. Luckily we get to see him open up a little in the final ballad. Miles himself is noteworthy in his ability to find the perfect tone in every instance.

The album opens with a blues number called "Dr. Jackie." After the spiky head, fueled by Art Taylor's kick drum accents, Milt Jackson gets the first solo of the album. He's all about clockwork precision. Miles' solo is contrastingly cool and laid back, playful, teasing, then settling into unusual harmonic postures, just outside. When McLean enters, he's immediately more florid and dynamic than the two previous soloists but somehow disengaged. The underrated Ray Bryant is rhythmic and upbeat, bringing things back to the territory Jackson explored on his opening solo. Appropriately, Jackson shows up for a final solo before the head closes the piece.

"Bitty Ditty"'s head features Davis and Jackson in unison on an audience-friendly tune. The solo chord sequence is colorful and challenging. Davis doesn't always negotiate the turns smoothly in his opening solo. Bryant is more commanding as he works the harmonic landscape. Jackson once again keeps things rhythmically tidy. Davis' second solo is more cogent than the first.

McLean sits out on "Bitty Ditty" and the later "Changes." Davis has claimed that McLean was completely wasted on these sessions. It's hard to imagine how he could get it together for completely acceptable performances, but it's easy to imagine he's not... quite... all there.

Mclean's tune "Minor March brings" the tempo up with a winding head that features a mini-solo by Jackson. McLean gets the first real solo and somehow keeps things smoky despite the fast pace. Jackson does what Jackson does, machine-gunning with the pulse. Davis sees his chance to ease things up, then slowly increases the energy and delightfully plays off of bassist Heath. Bryant's solo is facile and baroque.

"Changes" is a loungy love ballad. A sentimental piano intro brings in the rhythm section and a Jackson solo. Here he finally has a texture that encourages him to breathe and throw away the metronome. A sweet song that floats away like a wisp.

 The Musings Of Miles [Aka: The Beginning] by DAVIS, MILES album cover Studio Album, 1955
3.70 | 16 ratings

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The Musings Of Miles [Aka: The Beginning]
Miles Davis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by kurtrongey

3 stars Melodic and inviting music. A quartet of Miles, pianist Red Garland, bassist Oscar Pettiford and drummer Philly Joe Jones. This is a young Miles who impresses the audience technically and draws in the audience with strong melody and affable swinging.

"Will You Still Be Mine?" begins with the perky, punctuated melody, then a solo by Miles that keeps things whimsical. Garland impresses with a rhythmically precise, immaculately articulated breeze of a solo. Miles pushes himself in the second, delving into quick, winding passagework over inventive and dynamic comping from the other three. A nice ride.

"I See Your Face Before Me" is a smooth ballad. Garland begins with a prelude of thick, impressionistic chording. Miles' mute seeks to seduce with a whisper in the main melody. These opening passages are magical. Garland's solo break continues the chordal explorations of the intro. Miles ends with more understated mute playing.

"I Didn't" is a somewhat obnoxious vamp on two chords in a minor-second relationship. Jones solos to intro and things settle into their IMO unpleasant groove. Miles buzzes like a bee. Garland's solo doesn't manage to do much with the vamp until some deft chording over brushes at the end. Miles' second solo leaves room for a couple drum breaks from Jones. The least successful track on the album.

"A Gal in Calico" is an audience-friendly number with cheeky muted playing by Miles.

"A Night in Tunisia" gives Pettiford an opening spotlight while Jones tinkles bell-clad drumsticks. The trumpet entry is harmonically confusing and perfectly stages Garland's comping wonderfully quizzical and mischievous comping to follow. The drum breaks and interaction at the end of the tune are maybe the most impressive moment on the album.

To end, a good-natured cool blues called "Green Haze" keeps the mood light. Garland lays his lush chording over the opening stretch. Miles solos unmuted with eloquence.

There are signs of exploration in the quirky harmonies of "I Didn't" and "A Night in Tunisia" here. But for the most part, this album treads safe ground, content with laying a foundation that qualifies the players as big talents to watch out for. The clear and well-staged recording is a strong point.

 On The Corner by DAVIS, MILES album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.83 | 109 ratings

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On The Corner
Miles Davis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by PrognosticMind

4 stars Now THIS is an underrated recording!

The opening track is worth the price of this one alone. The rest of the record isn't too shabby, and displays perhaps the pinnacle of Davis' fusion experiments and lineups. Similar to Bitches Brew in its approach and production, On The Corner is serious fusion for serious fusion fans.

Percussion and rhythm are the name of the game here. There's no pause for the slow and weak. The bass holds down a steady riff while the world instruments dance and weave through, between, and behind the drums. With so much going on, it really does represent New York City on an average day. Miles was the master of capturing aesthetic in sound.

He started on Bitches Brew, and continues that here on On The Corner.

The production techniques used are top notch.

Must-listen recording for any jazz fusion enthusiast!

 In A Silent Way by DAVIS, MILES album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.30 | 643 ratings

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In A Silent Way
Miles Davis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by PrognosticMind

3 stars Compared to what came before - IASW is solid gold.

Compared to Bitches Brew and all the wonderful fusion that came after - this is tame (and sort of a letdown).

Overrated might be a more accurate term, but not in the conventional sense. The music, production, and style is NOT lacking here. It's apparent and present in spades. What isn't present is the free-form experimental vibe of later Davis fusion recordings. Stuff such as BB and On The Corner are a new level that almost seems alien to this era. While completely preference, I find myself listening to this one less and less since I have more interesting offerings from Miles and co.

Perhaps it's my personal preference for abstract acid jazz fusion, but this one has always felt too tame to garner such status in my opinion.

Overrated and only mildly enthralling.

If you want real fusion, start with Bitches Brew (1969) and work your way from there to Get Up With It (1974).

 Bitches Brew by DAVIS, MILES album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.25 | 633 ratings

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Bitches Brew
Miles Davis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by PrognosticMind

5 stars Before I begin, let me say this absolutely is a five-star recording. If not for the lineup, then for the state-of- the-art production techniques used back in 1969. Those were progressive in their own right!

Bitches Brew is Miles Davis' first record that has the fusion feel. Sure, there were others (many argue it all started on In a Silent Way; I'll argue against that!), but BB is where it really culminated both sonically and aesthetically. The cover art alone is inspiring and indicative of "directions in music" - which is an accurate preface for this monstrous work of art.

Fans of classic beepop and freebop will be disappointed with this one, however, as it's essentially abstract art in sound. There is little difference between BB and a Picasso, Dali, or Chirico surrealist painting. In fact, the two are perfectly paired. What this means stylistically for the average listener is "I just hear jamming/noise/directionless crap".

This couldn't be further from the truth!

Miles and co masterfully weave leads and melodies over some of the best vamps ever heard on any fusion recording...ever.

Others will give a track by track analysis. I'll just talk about one track - the most important, in my estimation: the title track itself.

Bitches Brew (title track) is my favorite. It's absolutely haunting. Try to count out the bass line in the intro; it will get you every single time. The movements here are spot on. The atmosphere captured here is unparalleled. The first time I heard it, it clicked immediately, and hasn't let go. Timeless is an understatement.

Do yourself a favor and procure a physical copy of this recording. Whether compact disc of vinyl (ideally both), you'll not be disappointed. While slightly more jarring than your average jazz recording, it could take some getting used to. You won't regret the relationship you form with Bitches Brew. Get on with it!

 Get Up With It by DAVIS, MILES album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.05 | 97 ratings

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Get Up With It
Miles Davis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Progfan97402

4 stars Given Miles Davis has such a large discography, it'll be virtually impossible to know everything he's released, and I know there's plenty of titles, even in this day, that I'm completely unaware of. I only knew of Get Up With It around 2004. Another one of those neglected Miles albums no one talks about, unlike say, Bitches Brew. It was 120 minutes long, so it had to be a triple LP set. Wrong! It's a double LP set, probably the lengthiest double ever released. Given it was out of print for so long (Sony finally got to reissuing it in the States only in 2000) original LPs aren't always easy to come by. I finally got a copy, but I don't regret it. This album consisted of material recorded in 1973 and '74, plus Jack Johnson and On the Corner outtakes. He just couldn't get those fit on those albums, so I'm happy he didn't let them stay in the archives. I'm sure people were scared off by this album because it starts with "He Love Him Madly". A tribute to Duke Ellington, who just then-recently passed away, it's clear it really devastated Miles big time. That caused him to record a slow pace, spacy, eerie and ominous piece where the organ, rather than trumpet dominates. It does pick up some, but the tempo is pretty much slow, and I'm sure that scared off a lot of potential listeners back in the day. I get it: mood and atmosphere was what he was more concerned here, kinda like what Tangerine Dream did for Zeit, but unlike Zeit, there is at least drums and a bit of rhythm. But the album really picks up steam after, exploring funk, Latin, blues, calypso, you name it, and do it very well. "Calypso Frelimo" is cut from much the same cloth as Return to Forever's "Captain Senor Mouse", except it's 32 minutes long. It starts off with some calypso stuff on the organ, but then quickly goes into extended jams, with heavy emphasis on percussion. This frequently sounds, to my ears, if the Drum Tower at the Oregon Country Fair (Drum Tower is a space for people to play their drums at, that is, bongos, congas, Native American drums, darbukas, and so on) was occupied by professional jazz players, including sax and various percussion players, and an organist. (For those who don't know, the Oregon Country Fair is a yearly hippie fair held outside of Eugene, Oregon, and you know you nearing the Drum Tower when you hear a lots of hand drums playing). Of course, Chick Corea & Company would have never though to extend their "Senor Mouse" to over a half an hour long, but Miles did with "Calypso Frelimo". There are times the album gets experimental, like on "Rated X" while the blues influence is felt on "Honky Tonky" and Red China Blues". Apparently guitarist Pete Cosey had an experience in blues and R&B recording for Chess Records (Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters giving him blues experience), but his guitar playing here is much more rock-oriented than blues. I have often what compelled Miles to start the album off with "He Loves Him Madly", while I enjoy it, many may not. Regardless, I really love the variety covered on this album. Even Robert Christgau gave it an A- (given he was a big fan of Miles David to begin with), very much the same rating he gave for the much more popular Bitches Brew. It don't get the recognition of many of his other albums, but I very much highly recommend it. I can't give it a five star only because "He Loves Him Madly" can be a bit hard going.
 Miles Davis Quintet: Miles Smiles by DAVIS, MILES album cover Studio Album, 1966
4.24 | 113 ratings

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Miles Davis Quintet: Miles Smiles
Miles Davis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Walkscore

5 stars The best of the 60s quintet.

Such an unassuming album cover, one would hardly expect the music to be so excellent. This is in my opinion the very best of Miles' 1960s quintet, which itself was one of Miles' best-ever bands. My wife is not keen on progressive rock or fusion but thankfully she loves traditional jazz, and the 1960s Miles albums have featured strongly in our house. I have listened to these albums so many times so I know the music well, and this album consistently stands out among the rest. The tracks on this album are very musical, combining strong yet quirky melodies, and with enough twists and turns that it stays interesting. Only one of these tunes is actually written by Miles ("Circle"), while three were written by Wayne Shorter (sax); the remaining two written by Jimmy Heath, and Eddie Harris. Half of these tunes veer toward faster hard bop, each with an original angular head that matches up the two lead players really well (e.g. Wayne Shorter's "Orbits" and "Dolores", and Jimmy Heath's "Ginger Bread Boy"). The other half are slower tunes with some lineage to Kind of Blue (particularly "Circle", the one written by Miles), but here with more angular and experimental melodies, with Davis and Shorter often playing the quirky lead lines in unison. Shorter's "Footprints", and Harris' "Freedom Jazz Dance", are my favourite tracks on this album, simultaneously introspective and tentative, and bold. Neither tunes jump out at you at first, but after many listens are like long-lost (but slightly eccentric) friends. But in fact every track is great, up there in the five-star category of Miles songs, and the album flows very well from one to the next. The quintet here is the classic with Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and the amazing Tony Williams. The band is very tight, giving the impression they had played this music many times before recording it. While Miles and Shorter are the main focus, the rhythm section is really on behind them. Miles' 1950s music was similar, but more 'straight' jazz, while his later 1970s are definitely far more 'out' with a very different avant-fusion-funk approach. I like all of it, but his music from the late 1950s through the late 1960s is his most special. Most listeners today who put this on in the background might think of this as pretty straight, but anyone who listens to it will realize the interesting musical things they are doing that even today hold up as impressive and experimental. I give this album 9.2 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 5 PA stars.

 In A Silent Way by DAVIS, MILES album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.30 | 643 ratings

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In A Silent Way
Miles Davis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Walkscore

4 stars Subtle, Quiet, Original.

Recorded around the same time as Bitches Brew, 'In a Silent Way' also revolutionized jazz. Not at all what you might expect from jazz-rock fusion, though, this album sees Tony Williams lay out some very new beats but very softly and continuously, while stars like Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, and Joe Zawinal are muted in their solos, offering new colours like soft palettes on a modernist painting rather than the ripping trails they would blaze later on. The result is a new modern sound, but one that fits easily within jazz and that let's Miles be Miles with his slow building solos. There is a constant feeling of potential throughout the album, as if something could suddenly bust forth at any time, but the band is held back and the mutations are mostly evolutions (except for Mile's habit of splicing bits together), so this feeling of potential continues throughout the album. By the end, it feels both very rich - one has experienced high quality music - but also slightly unsatisfying as if something that were supposed to happen never did. But one is also struck by the sheer quality of the music. A perfect partner to Bitches Brew, which is much more in-your-face, In a Silent Way establishes the reason why one would want to listen to the next Miles album (and the next, and the next). Hugely influential among musicians everywhere, this album deserves its place in music history. I give this album 8.6 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which places it as 4 PA stars.

 Sketches Of Spain by DAVIS, MILES album cover Studio Album, 1960
4.04 | 167 ratings

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Sketches Of Spain
Miles Davis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

5 stars For their third collaboration, Miles Davis and Gil Evans teamed up to tackle the whole Third Stream business - then a big wave in jazz, much like jazz-rock fusion would become a big wave at the other end of the 1960s - and knock it out of the park. The inclusion of flamenco and saeta accents here and there ensures that the album keeps a little spice and voids descending into syrupy 1950s Hollywood-classical, and in addition a suitable amount of effort is made to ensure that the orchestra swings just as much as the jazz players do. The sound of the album will surprise listeners more used to Miles' modal jazz and post-bop offerings from around this period, but precisely because it stands out so much it becomes a real gem in Miles' extensive discography.
 Ascenseur Pour l'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold) by DAVIS, MILES album cover Studio Album, 1958
3.21 | 32 ratings

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Ascenseur Pour l'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)
Miles Davis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Film noir jazz at its best. This is much more stripped-down and sparse than you usually think of when it comes to Miles Davis' work, perhaps in part due to him working with a mostly French backing band instead of his usual suspects. Imagine Miles under a spotlight surrounded by pitch darkness playing mournful trumpet solos as something suitably noirish and/or Lynchian happens. Recent rereleases add a plethora of bonus tracks made up of unused and unreleased takes, which will be interesting to jazz historians but doesn't make for quite a good listening experience compared to the carefully chosen and nicely succinct original LP running order.
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