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Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 - 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 Brew contained nineteen ...
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Kind of Blue (180g Vinyl)Kind of Blue (180g Vinyl)
Columbia 2011
Vinyl$10.47
$10.00 (used)
All of You: The Last Tour, 1960All of You: The Last Tour, 1960
Box set
Acrobat 2014
Audio CD$22.99
The Best of Miles Davis & John Coltrane (1955-1961)The Best of Miles Davis & John Coltrane (1955-1961)
Remastered
Sony 2001
Audio CD$3.40
$2.97 (used)
Bitches BrewBitches Brew
Extra tracks · Remastered
Sony 1999
Audio CD$7.95
$6.83 (used)
Miles at the Fillmore - Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3Miles at the Fillmore - Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3
Legacy 2014
Audio CD$19.00
$18.99 (used)
Birth of the CoolBirth of the Cool
Remastered
Capitol Records 2001
Audio CD$2.63
$0.44 (used)
Sketches of SpainSketches of Spain
Remastered · Extra tracks
Sony 1997
Audio CD$2.78
$0.24 (used)
In a Silent WayIn a Silent Way
Remastered
Sony 2002
Audio CD$4.67
$2.05 (used)
Round About MidnightRound About Midnight
Remastered
Sony 2001
Audio CD$4.68
$3.30 (used)
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3.00 | 7 ratings
First Miles
1945
3.33 | 3 ratings
Boppin' the Blues
1946
3.00 | 3 ratings
Cool Boppin'
1948
3.00 | 1 ratings
Blue Period
1951
3.55 | 11 ratings
Blue Haze
1954
3.67 | 27 ratings
Walkin'
1954
4.00 | 4 ratings
The Musings of Miles
1955
4.13 | 15 ratings
Miles Davis and Milt Jackson Quintet/Sextet
1955
4.50 | 4 ratings
Miles Davis and Horns
1956
3.17 | 10 ratings
Miles (aka The New Miles Davis Quintet)
1956
4.00 | 3 ratings
Collectors Items
1956
3.73 | 11 ratings
Dig
1956
4.07 | 36 ratings
Cookin
1957
3.82 | 33 ratings
Relaxin'
1957
4.29 | 87 ratings
'Round About Midnight
1957
4.02 | 23 ratings
Bags' Groove
1957
3.83 | 31 ratings
Miles Ahead
1957
2.79 | 15 ratings
Ascenseur pour l'Echafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)
1958
4.37 | 94 ratings
Milestones
1958
3.73 | 11 ratings
Miles Davis and The Modern Jazz Giants
1958
3.96 | 6 ratings
Jazz Track
1958
4.20 | 51 ratings
Porgy and Bess
1958
4.17 | 35 ratings
Workin'
1959
4.37 | 621 ratings
Kind Of Blue
1959
3.90 | 107 ratings
Sketches of Spain
1960
3.52 | 27 ratings
Someday My Prince Will Come
1961
4.20 | 40 ratings
Steamin'
1961
3.65 | 20 ratings
Quiet Nights
1963
3.49 | 15 ratings
Blue Moods
1963
4.16 | 41 ratings
Seven Steps to Heaven
1963
3.80 | 43 ratings
E.S.P.
1965
4.25 | 77 ratings
Miles Smiles
1966
4.19 | 74 ratings
Nefertiti
1967
4.01 | 47 ratings
Sorcerer
1967
4.04 | 55 ratings
Miles in the Sky
1968
3.89 | 53 ratings
Filles De Kilimanjaro
1969
4.38 | 420 ratings
In a Silent Way
1969
4.27 | 377 ratings
Bitches Brew
1970
4.24 | 138 ratings
A Tribute to Jack Johnson
1971
3.80 | 68 ratings
On the Corner
1972
4.09 | 64 ratings
Get Up With It
1974
4.27 | 65 ratings
Big Fun
1974
3.45 | 37 ratings
Water Babies
1976
3.13 | 4 ratings
At Last . Miles Davis and The Lighthouse All-Stars
1977
3.58 | 22 ratings
The Man with the Horn
1981
3.17 | 22 ratings
Star People
1983
2.46 | 21 ratings
Decoy
1983
2.60 | 24 ratings
You're Under Arrest
1985
2.40 | 45 ratings
Tutu
1986
3.62 | 33 ratings
Aura
1989
3.88 | 21 ratings
Amandla
1989
2.38 | 33 ratings
Doo-Bop
1991

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

4.00 | 1 ratings
Birdland 1951
1951
3.60 | 5 ratings
At Newport
1958
3.26 | 8 ratings
At Carnegie Hall
1961
4.00 | 9 ratings
Miles in Berlin
1964
4.00 | 15 ratings
My Funny Valentine: Miles Davis in Concert
1965
3.55 | 6 ratings
Miles in Tokyo
1969
3.05 | 24 ratings
Miles Davis at Fillmore: Live at the Fillmore East
1970
4.06 | 53 ratings
Live-Evil
1971
2.93 | 17 ratings
In Concert: Live at Philharmonic Hall
1972
3.28 | 19 ratings
Black Beauty: Live at the Fillmore West
1973
4.67 | 42 ratings
Dark Magus
1974
4.37 | 40 ratings
Pangaea
1975
3.64 | 43 ratings
Agharta
1975
3.44 | 16 ratings
We Want Miles
1982
3.50 | 2 ratings
Live In Warsaw
1983
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Second Spring
1991
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Live
1991
4.43 | 7 ratings
The Complete Concert 1964 My Funny Valentine + Four & More
1992
4.00 | 10 ratings
Live At Montreux (with Quincy Jones)
1993
4.60 | 5 ratings
The Complete Live at The Plugged Nickel
1995
3.24 | 8 ratings
Live Around the World
1996
0.00 | 0 ratings
Bye Bye Blackbird
1996
4.00 | 1 ratings
Fat Time
1997
4.10 | 13 ratings
It's About that Time: Live at the Fillmore East, March 7, 1970
2001
3.00 | 1 ratings
Olympia - Jul. 11th, 1973
2002
4.75 | 4 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
3.48 | 8 ratings
Bitches Brew Live
2011
2.00 | 2 ratings
Miles Davis Quintet - The Unissued Japanese Concerts
2011

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

5.00 | 1 ratings
Miles in Paris
1990
4.00 | 4 ratings
The Miles Davis Story
2002

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

4.16 | 40 ratings
Birth of The Cool
1949
4.00 | 1 ratings
Miles Davis: Volume 1
1956
4.50 | 2 ratings
Many Miles of Davis
1962
0.00 | 0 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
4.53 | 11 ratings
Circle In The Round
1979
4.60 | 5 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
3.72 | 13 ratings
The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions
1998
3.17 | 4 ratings
Panthalassa: The Music of Miles Davis 1969-1974
1998
4.75 | 4 ratings
Best of the Miles Davis Quintet, 1965-'68
1999
4.96 | 6 ratings
Miles Davis Quintet: The Complete Studio Recordings, 1965-'68
1999
4.24 | 12 ratings
The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions
2001
4.33 | 3 ratings
The Essential Miles Davis
2001
3.36 | 5 ratings
The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions
2003
3.66 | 13 ratings
The Cellar Door Sessions
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Very Best Of Miles davis: The Warner Bros. Sessions 1985/ 1991
2007
4.31 | 14 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 | 3 ratings
The Complete Columbia Album Collection
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
Perfect Way: The Miles Davis Anthology - The Warner Bros. Years
2010
3.73 | 3 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
0.00 | 0 ratings
Classics In Jazz Part 1
1954
0.00 | 0 ratings
Green Haze
1955
3.00 | 1 ratings
Collectors' Items
1957
5.00 | 1 ratings
Someday My Prince Will Come
1962
0.00 | 0 ratings
Blow / Fantasy
1992
3.00 | 1 ratings
Plugged Nickel Sampler
1995
0.00 | 0 ratings
Miles
2008

MILES DAVIS Reviews


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 Get Up With It by DAVIS, MILES album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.09 | 64 ratings

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Get Up With It
Miles Davis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
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5 stars This was the last studio album Miles recorded before taking an extended layoff, and it's really a compilation of songs recorded from 1970 to 1974 with various lineups. There's some really interesting thoughts in the liner notes from flautist David Liebman. I have to say that this is a top three studio album for me when it comes to Miles Davis recordings. And part of the charm is how different yet familiar some of these tracks are.

Disc one starts off with "He Loved Him Madly" which I believe is the center-piece of this recording. It's a tribute to Duke Ellington who had just passed away less than a month previous to this song being recorded in June of 1974. What blows me away with this over 32 minute track is how minamilistic and melancholic it is. Brian Eno is said to have been greatly influenced by it. I was reminded right away of Terje Rypdal's "Whenever I Seem So Far Away". It starts with Miles on the organ which Liebman notes he did a lot to start off a composition. We get sporadic percussion and drums as the guitar comes in. The first change is before 13 minutes when the flute comes in. Just tripping here as it plods along slowly. The trumpet takes over from the flute after 16 minutes and cries out of the dark over and over. More flute and trumpet to follow. I would never have thought Miles would have created a tune like this. "Maiyshr" is also from 1974 but is a catchy song with organ, bass and percussion leading the way as the guitar comes and goes. Flute comes in around 2 minutes then trumpet a minute later. Themes are repeated. Check out the guitar after 10 minutes. "Honky Tonk" recorded in 1970 features John McLaughlin on guitar as well as some cool sounding clavinet from Herbie Hancock. It gets fuller 2 minutes in and there's so much going on with all these intricate sounds. Great track! "Rated X" from 1972 features all the musicians from the "On The Corner' recording sessions. Organ to start and Miles plays this throughout. An intense sound kicks in as the organ floats over top. So good! Man this is crazy with the electric sitar and dissonant organ.

Disc two begins with another over 32 minute song called "Calypso Frelimo" recorded in 1973 and it's similar in style to "He Loved Him Madly". Some insane trumpet blasts in this one and it's very adventerous sounding. Flute arrives 5 minutes in then sax around 7 1/2 minutes and it will eventually duel with the trumpet. It all stops dead after 10 minutes then it slowly comes back tonight with plenty of atmosphere as sporadic sounds come and go. Organ and bass at first with percussion then flute after 15 minutes. The trumpet cries out mournfully over and over after 17 minutes. The tempo picks up around 22 minutes and it becomes quite intense before 28 minutes to the end. What a song! "Red China Blues" is from 1972 and it's very bluesy but just over 4 minutes in length. Plenty of harmonica here along with brass arrangements. "Mtume" is from 1974 and it has a lot of percussion and bass throughout. The guitar is prominant as well and the rhythm is repetitive and really good. I really like the organ as well especially 12 1/2 minutes in. Some crazy trumpet runs late. "Billy Preston" ends it all and it's from 1972. This is a trippy tune with some electric sitar, guitar, organ, trumpet and a beat standing out.

A must for fans of adventerous music and especially for fans of Miles Davis' electric period.

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 Seven Steps to Heaven by DAVIS, MILES album cover Studio Album, 1963
4.16 | 41 ratings

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Seven Steps to Heaven
Miles Davis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by thwok

4 stars I'm surprised no one's posted a review of Seven Steps to Heaven yet. I believe it's discussed on the great companion site to PA - JazzMusicArchives. I owned a copy of Seven Steps to Heaven when I was young; now I remember why I dug it so much! I should give props to my older brother Joe for my exposure to jazz. While it's not nearly as groundbreaking as some of Miles's classic albums, Seven Steps is one of my favorite jazz albums and deserves 4 stars in my book.

Maybe the reason that there aren't any reviews of Seven Steps so far is because it's not fusion. This album is pretty much straight bop to hard bop. I find some of Miles mid 60's stuff, before In A Silent Way, a little hard to sit through. I don't have that problem with Seven Steps. The songs, mostly standards from earlier times, are melodic and accessible. I think this would be a good introduction to Miles for people who like jazz, but don't listen to a lot of it.

I think my favorite tracks are the faster ones: "Seven Steps", "Baby Won't You Please Come Home", "Joshua". As for the musicians, they're all terrific. George Coleman, the sax player, may not be as distinctive as Miles' more legendary collaborators. He still does a superb job. The songs on Seven Steps to Heaven are memorable, and the playing is brilliant. So, this one gets four stars.

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 The Musings of Miles by DAVIS, MILES album cover Studio Album, 1955
4.00 | 4 ratings

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The Musings of Miles
Miles Davis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by siLLy puPPy
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4 stars This is early MILES DAVIS and for the pure jazz fans

Although I wouldn't call THE MUSINGS OF MILES the most essential of releases by one of the greatest musical entities of the jazz world, namely MILES DAVIS, I really love to dig deep into the vaults to hear the evolution of his music since he was one of the greatest innovators of constantly changing it up from one album to the next. At this point in his career he was not quite as eclectic as he would become a few short years down the road but at this juncture in his still fairly nascent career he still offers some well played bop of the mid-50s which finds him developing his own techniques as well as worshiping his own heroes in the form of Dizzy Gillespie on his version of "A Night In Tunisia" as well as "I See Your Face Before Me" and "A Gal In Calico" by Arthur Schwartz. In fact only the two tracks "I Didn't" and "Green Haze" were written by DAVIS.

This album finds him at the point before he would form his first classic quintet which would be created shortly after the recording of this album and this is one of the few albums where MILES is the only horn player. It is he alone on trumpet delivering the one and only horn section accompanied by Oscar Pettiford on bass, Red Garland on piano and Philly Joe Jones on drums. For this reason MILES stands out more than on his other albums where he usually trades off and weaves the brass sections together. The music here is a mix of mid-tempo bop jazz alternating with slower numbers taking you on a fairly standard jazz ride of the era but with MILES DAVIS even a standard ride has a slight edge to it that keeps my attention. Also this is one of the earliest of recordings that has found a home on a the somewhat recent Rudy Van Gelder Remasters. Although this is hardly the peak of his lengthy and diverse output I still find this a wonderful listen for its stripped down quartet sound that allows MILES to steal the limelight as sole horn master. 3.5 rounded up

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 Bitches Brew Live by DAVIS, MILES album cover Live, 2011
3.48 | 8 ratings

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Bitches Brew Live
Miles Davis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Neu!mann
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3 stars This oddly bifurcated live album presents an intriguing before-and-after portrait of an artist on the brink of ascent, and in full flight shortly afterward. The initial three tracks are from the July 1969 Newport Jazz Festival, when Miles Davis was still playing (mostly) unplugged Fusion alongside the so-called Lost Quintet. The balance of the disc is reserved for his performance at the legendary 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, where the erstwhile Jazz icon shared the marquee with Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison, Jethro Tull, ELP, and Tiny Tim (Hawkwind, not invited, played free of charge outside the fence).

The earlier era has been documented more completely in the 2013 "Live in Europe 1969" boxed set. But the abbreviated Newport concert (24-minutes in all) is more exciting, and sounds better, than anything in the later compilation. The incomplete tape is a source of frustration; it opens in the middle of "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down", a much livelier, more dynamic reading than the version later recorded for the "Bitches Brew" album. But the novelty of hearing the quintet playing as an accidental foursome (Saxophonist Wayne Shorter missed the gig, stuck in Rhode Island traffic) makes it a worthwhile footnote to the unfolding narrative of electric Miles Davis.

Fast forward to late August, 1970: thirteen short months later but a world away in musical terms. The quintet has been expanded to a much louder septet, adding Airto Moreira on percussive allsorts and Keith Jarrett on the second keyboard (with Shorter replaced by Gary Bartz). The cross-fade on disc from the enthusiastic applause at Newport to the sound of over 600,000 festival-goers is a dramatic indication of changing times; the half-hour medley that follows is even more so.

The audio alone can't compare to the full visual experience of the same gig captured on the '05 "Miles Electric" DVD. But it's fascinating to hear the trumpet player leading his band with subtle music cues, setting up a tempo here, suggesting a new theme there, and daring the other players to keep up. The ferocious jam in "Spanish Key" is the obvious highlight, ebbing and flowing with relentless energy, more so than the equally thrilling studio version heard on the "Brew" album.

Like so many other posthumous Miles Davis live albums the CD imposes artificial order on the set list, with indexed track titles that didn't exist at the time. On stage in the 1970s Davis never paused for individual songs, and when asked after the gig about the name of the piece, he famously responded, "Call it anything".

Maybe that should have been the title of the album itself. "Bitches Brew Live" is a disingenuous name for this somewhat forced juxtaposition of two orphaned recordings not long enough by themselves to fill a compact disc (and besides, there's a lot of music here unrelated to the 1970 LP). Consider it an extended sampler of sorts, hastily organized and incorrectly annotated (Led Zeppelin did not play at the Isle of Wight), but rewarding as a candid snapshot of an innovative artist approaching his musical zenith.

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 Kind Of Blue by DAVIS, MILES album cover Studio Album, 1959
4.37 | 621 ratings

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Kind Of Blue
Miles Davis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by BatBacon

5 stars - Hello, Kind of Blue!

- Hi, Batbacon!

- Say, Kind of blue! Do you consider yourself to be a progressive rock album?

- No, don't be silly! I'm just an totaly amazing jazz record!

- So how come the high rating then? You are aware that this is a site about progressive rock?

- Well, I guess people mostly are just looking for good music, progressive or not.

- So should I give you a high rating then, or what?

- Sure, I deserve it!

I was going to any way, because this is one of my favorite albums of all time. The best jazz album of all time, no doubt at all. Its nothing progressive going on here, no Mahavishnu or Return to Forever. Its just a bunch of really chill jazz songs and I guess thats the reason its so good. Most of the musicians playing on this record is famous for being jazz virtuosos, playing quick and complex music, demanding a lot from the listener. On this record it seems they all took a chill pill before going in to the studio. With other terms, they kept it simple and minimalistic.

The album starts of with the cool "So What". The first thing you hear is the piano intro, setting the mood for not only the song, but for the whole album. With Bill Evans in front of the piano you know exactly which kind of jazz to expect, calm and thoughtful. He belongs to the pianists who never play a note to many, picking out exactly the notes needed for the song. Think about how Richard Wright would sound if he played jazz, and you get Bill Evans. But I don't think he ever played with a band this good before or after the recording of Kind of Blue. Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Cannonball at their best, finding great tunes within their passionate solos. They are not famous for being this calm and minimalistic, but it suits them fantastically well.

The slow tempo creates a kind of sad mood, especially on songs like "Blue in Green" and "Flamenco Sketches". Imagine sitting in a window looking out on a rainy town, lit by neon lights and the moon itself. You can hear nothing but the rain against the window, except from the lonely guy across the street, playing a sad song on his saxophone. Its really moody but oh, so beautiful.

This is what jazz should be like; More cool than awesome. Less is more, yes indeed!

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 It's About that Time: Live at the Fillmore East, March 7, 1970 by DAVIS, MILES album cover Live, 2001
4.10 | 13 ratings

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It's About that Time: Live at the Fillmore East, March 7, 1970
Miles Davis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars When it comes to posthumous live releases by Zappa, Davis and SOFT MACHINE it's difficult to know what to get and what to pass on because the releases just keep on coming. This particular live album features Miles Davis and his band in unfamiliar territory as they were playing for the first time at a Rock festival which took place at the Fillmore East in March of 1970. This was also the first time that a Ring Modulator was used by Davis and his band in a concert. This gave the piano a powerful sound and certainly Chick Corea really stands out here. Check out the lineup with Miles Davis on trumpet, Chick Corea on electric piano, Wayne Shorter on sax, Dave Holland on bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums and Airto Moreira on percussion. One of the attractions of this particular concert recording is that this quintet never made a studio album together and this lineup is often called the "Lost Quintet". Add to that the fact that only bootlegs of this lineup playing live were only previously available makes this a must have. This would be the last of Miles' three great quintets. Wayne Shorter would soon leave after this to join his buddy and former Miles Davis bandmate Joe Zawinal to form WEATHER REPORT. Also I should note that there's a lot of material here is from "Bitches Brew" which was just a month away from being released upon the population at large.

This is a two disc affair with each disc representing one of the two sets they played that day. Love how "Directions" opens with the crowd cheering as this runaway train comes plowing through, slowly building in speed. There's so much going on here. I can only imagine what the people in the audience must have thought. This was not normal Jazz by any stretch of the imagination, and these guys were kicking ass. "Spanish Key" continues the onslaught, man this gets down-right insane. Amazing ! "Masqualero" continues with everyone playing like they are on fire. Just to pick out one guy and to focus on him is so intense no matter who you choose. The first set ends with "It's About That Time/The Theme" which actually opens quietly which is maybe why the crowd cheers at the start(haha). This is laid back and intricate as sounds come and go. It doesn't stay this way for long though.

Disc two opens with some feedback and deep sounds and this version of "Directions" is much less "out there" than on the first set but it's building in intensity. Man I love this, in fact disc two is my favourite of the two. "Miles Runs The Voodoo Down" almost seems normal at first as the crowd can be heard cheering. Nice bass work 2 1/2 minutes in. "Bitches Brew" is a slow moving beast to say the least. Again i'm just so impressed with all that's going on here. DeJohnette is all over this but then they all seem to be in what sounds like organized chaos. "Spanish Key" also like "Directions" doesn't seem as "out there" as the version on the first set. I love when this gets going. "It's About That Time/Willie Nelson" opens rather pleasantly with some actual space to breathe. It starts to pickup before 2 minutes and getting fuller as well. This is great !

Easily 4 stars and a must for Miles Davis fans out there. I'm going to get some mileage out of this one.

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 In a Silent Way by DAVIS, MILES album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.38 | 420 ratings

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In a Silent Way
Miles Davis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Prog 74

5 stars Now this is a truly beautiful work of art! Miles Davis had been hinting at a new direction for a couple of years and with this seminal album he delivers. It's his first foray into what would go on to be called jazz-rock fusion, though I am sure to Miles it was just "music". This is an incredible album and one of several masterpieces he would give the world during his lifetime. The recording features some of the greatest musicians on the planet at the time - Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland, Joe Zawinul, John McLaughlin & Tony Williams. Just an amazing collection of talent. Never really warming up to his mid-60s quintet, I feel that this is the best album Miles Davis released since Sketches of Spain. It's massive influence cannot be underestimated. This album along with Bitches Brew and Jack Johnson represent a trio of albums that would completely transform the jazz landscape. This was the new music and it was exciting. It was progressive, it was experimental and it rocked. This particular album is also very ambient. The feeling is of a group of musicians in on a secret that the world may not quite be ready for. It's hushed and meditative, but definitely inspired. The way Miles would approach recording at the time was basically to gather his musicians in the studio (or on stage), give a little direction, roll the tape and then let them jam. Ideas were developed on the spot. This is organic music making in it's purest form. Albums would then be edited down to something digestible for people to listen to. And on this album producer Teo Macero gets a lot of credit for splicing together these open-ended jams into something that could be put on an album and flow beautifully. The edits are noticable, but do not hinder the musical experience in the least and they are certainly not as dramatic as they would be on some the live albums Miles would release in the 70s. This album is essential to any lover of music.

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 Bags' Groove by DAVIS, MILES album cover Studio Album, 1957
4.02 | 23 ratings

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Bags' Groove
Miles Davis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by siLLy puPPy
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4 stars Long before MILES DAVIS was mastering the art of fusion and creating outstanding influential albums that would change the direction of the jazz world, he was doing his more traditional stuff like on this this album where he does his cool jazz meets hard bop thing. Wanting to hear some of the older pre-Kind Of Blue era material I picked this one randomly solely because of the pretty green album cover that stands out like a the Jolly Green Giant in a cranberry bog. BAGS GROOVE was recorded way back in 1954 but wasn't released until 1957. That was a fruitful year of session recordings since other tracks from the same period led to the album "Miles Davis And The Modern Jazz Giants" as well as there being enough material to throw on Thelonious Monk albums. BAGS was the nickname of vibraphonist Milt Jackson who, despite having the album named after him, only plays on the first two tracks which are different versions of the title track.

There's absolutely nothing remotely rock to be found here. This is pure jazz throughout the whole album but what pleasant and beautiful jazz this is. Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver on piano, Sonny Rollins on tenor sax, Percy Heath on bass, Kenny Clarke on drums and of course Miles himself on trumpet all conspire to make an outstanding album of classic jazz that is satisfying from beginning to end. The music is good enough to merit a much higher rating but there is one thing keeping this album from being a huge classic and that is the fact that two tracks here, namely the title track "Bags Groove" and "But Not For Me" appear here twice each showcasing two different takes of each piece. Although I have no preference of one take over another, the fact is that this makes listening to this as an album from beginning to end a bit of chore especially when the title track takes are over 11 and 9 minutes and also that the takes don't differ significantly from each other. So this basically makes it feel like a leftovers package and since the album came out three years after it was recorded that very well may be exactly what this is.

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 Kind Of Blue by DAVIS, MILES album cover Studio Album, 1959
4.37 | 621 ratings

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Kind Of Blue
Miles Davis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by thwok

5 stars Kind of Blue was the first jazz record I ever owned; I think I got it just because it was so renowned. It was the record that got me into jazz, although it's not my favorite genre. Therefore, although I wouldn't consider myself a jazz expert, Kind of Blue has to be one of the cornerstone albums in jazz history.

One of the things I love about Kind of Blue is how it's arranged. By that I mean how it alternates between slower tracks and quicker tracks. If my memory is good, the first three tracks were on side 1 of the LP, and "All Blues" and "Flamenco Sketches" made up side 2. It flows very well. The musicians are beyond reproach. Bill Evans swings more on this album than he's sometimes given credit for, I think.

My favorite tracks are probably the first three. "All Blues" and "Flamenco Sketches" go on a bit too long for my tastes, but that's a very minor complaint. Also, Kind of Blue couldn't be considered jazz fusion in any way, so it lives on the edge of a progressive rock website. Only those two factors cause me to dock Kind of Blue a half star. I give 4 and 1/2 stars to one of the most important records in jazz history.

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 The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions by DAVIS, MILES album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1998
3.72 | 13 ratings

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The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions
Miles Davis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Neu!mann
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3 stars I don't think anyone can credibly argue that "Bitches Brew" isn't a groundbreaking album. But like any true masterpiece it can also be a very difficult and often divisive experience, even today. The music existed outside its time in 1970, and nothing like it has been heard since.

I can't even review the album itself, as it defeats any attempt at a systematic rating...imagine trying to judge a sunrise, or a tsunami, using only the ProgArchives star system. But I can at least approach it indirectly, through this flawed 1998 box set, which doesn't quite live up to its grand (but misleading) title. These aren't the unedited tapes used by producer Teo Macero to assemble the "Brew" album, but a compilation of studio sessions from the weeks and months afterward, when Davis was searching (in a hit-or-miss manner) for new musical worlds to conquer.

The original 1970 album was never an end in itself. It was more like a road map for Davis toward a possible bridge between the purity of his Jazz roots and the raw power of his avant-funk Götterdämmerung later in the decade. In the turbulent aftermath of "Bitches Brew" the trumpet player was more an explorer than a pioneer, and his intermittent studio forays grew more radical as they became less focused. The music on these four discs (actually two-and-one-half: the rest of the set is the "Brew" album itself, re-mastered but intact) illustrates that uncertainty with several long, formless, but compelling journeys into a musical terra-incognita far beyond even the frontiers of "Bitches Brew".

And here's where my rhetoric fails me. The paragraph that would have followed (before I wisely deleted it) was top-heavy with metaphysical weirdness: a futile attempt to describe music unbound by any stylistic tethers, to Jazz, Rock, Classical, Indo-Raga, or Ambient Shoegaze. Not every note is perfect, or needs to be. But it's the chaos behind the order that gives the music its vitality, and the order in the chaos that keeps it real.

The problem here, at least for confirmed fans, is that a lot of it has already been heard, on the albums "Big Fun", "Live-Evil", and the belated compilation "Circle in the Round". There's a logical sense to collecting the music in the order it was recorded. But logic isn't always a blessing where the creative impulse is concerned, and the unpolished building blocks can't match the imposing majesty of the final construction.

For Miles Davis, continuing to play traditional Jazz was "like going to bed with a real old person who even smells real old" (his quote). If true, this new musical direction would have been like bedding a temperamental odalisque on a divan of roses: a memorable experience to be sure, but is she the same alluring siren when exposed the next morning without any make-up?

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