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AGHARTA

Miles Davis

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.55 | 70 ratings

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friso
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2 stars In early and mid-seventies Miles Davis was heavily criticized in the jazz community for 'turning pop'. I always though this was objectively ridiculous, but listening to this 2LP live set 'Agartha' I sort of changed my mind. Before you stop reading, let me paint my background as a Miles Davis listener. I love some of his old works, even performed 'Flamenco Sketches' on lead-guitar on my final musical exam of my study, music therapy. I was initially shocked by the simplicity of 'In a Silent Way' but came around liking it. I consider 'Bitches Brew' one of the pinnacle creative outbreaks of the jazz genre, though I mostly like the influence it has had on bands like Nucleus and many others.

Now on this double live album the fusion formula is just too worn out. There are no stand-out ideas; melodies / riffs / chord progressions / leads to be found anywhere. Just some funky jamsession music with lots of solo's. No chord progressions at all. Just those one chord vamps that drag on. For me art (albeit music, poetry, movies) is about getting across meaning and content and this album is just to damn empty for me. The musical talent involved is clearly there. The psychedelic guitar solo's might have actually sounded great on an interesting chord progression. The recording quality is quite good. This is the first Miles Davis album I've encountered that enables you to totally forget you're actually listening to.. Miles Davis!

friso | 2/5 |

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