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Miles Davis


Jazz Rock/Fusion

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4 stars A lot of works that were called the listener a masterpiece in the history in longtime music of Miles Davis might have been exactly announced. It will have been "Kind Of Blue" to have decided the position of mode Jazz whose it is not an exaggeration to say that Miles had voluntarily established the route. And, the work by Quintet of the gold in the 60's is a very important, in work of Miles popular work. And, the work that should be able to be called compile of the performance, the method, and the route to which he went in the 70's might be this "Agharta". And, Miles's moving backward from the first line of music for about six years taking the opportunity of "Pangaea" that had been announced in the same year while fighting against the sickness resulted.

Miles Davis multiplied in February in January and visited 1975 year three times in total. And, 14 concerts in total are held. Miles and the band might have caused some miracles by the performance in the period. Especially, the performance of this album and "Pangaea" might be able to be called a perfect state exactly in all situations. It is an of course technology of the member of the band, physical strength, and willpower besides Miles. Or, the technology in the stage and the recording might be almost perfect even if it considers it overall.

The performance in daytime and the line separately for the nightly performance have cracked to this concert held on February 1, 1975. The content of the performance in daytime is "Agharta". And, the content of the nightly performance becomes "Pangaea" and it is edited. Teo Macero of album Producer is related to a lot of work so far for the work of Miles. And, it is of course related in perfect shape from the start of this "Agharta" to the last sound of "Pangaea" and edited.

Miles might already understood the music at which it always aims. And, the performance collected to this album also perfectly exactly operates the flow of the band. The storm of Improvisation that Band weaves with a sense of existence of Miles completely catches the listener.

And, the point that should make a special mention is a point that this album puts an almost complete performance by CD. As for LP Record at that time, the edit by the part of the fade- out had been done. However, the concert is collected in more perfect shape by the capacity of CD and the technology of the edit. It is said that the performance developed by the band after Miles gets off the stage was an instruction by Miles. These performances exactly offer the listener the performance that all musicians do including Miles in union.

The music character of Miles in the 70's will not stay in music to which electronic musical instruments are simply taken. Music that should be aimed. And, the electric wave that Miles had caught always showed the continuousness of dismantlement and the restructuring of the form. And, the point that Miles freely created music regardless of the genre. As for them, the music that Miles created while it revolutionized from "Bitches Brew" to the route of "On The Corner" and Afro's rhythm and the rhythm of R&B and Rock intersected further presented a perfect aspect with various musicians. The performance of guitar player's Pete Cosey and Bass player's Michael Henderson will have been important existence for the music of Miles at this time. And, the existence of drum player's Al Foster might be also important. Playing his drum is still popular.

The power of "Prelude" is overwhelming. Ensemble of the band is exactly complete. Miles also has surely put out the instruction of the organ. A comfortable tension will be sure to be given to the listener by this performance. The sound of the trumpet that does the mute is always Cool. The intersection of the signal by the flow and Miles done to Solo of Sax from now on with the dash feeling continued might be a flood of the sound. The tune advances gradually from the form of Improvisation. And, the drum and Bass might also contribute perfectly to the performance.

"Maiysha" progresses by a beautiful melody and the rhythm of Latin. The creation of Miles to establish to the style of JazzRock/Fusion might be exactly great. The guitar that denies those elements has the part not ended as a simple tune. They will be able to be discovered by listening to this tune. The flute by Sonny Fortune in the latter half colors a new color to the tune.

"Theme from Jack Johnson" might be one space from "Interlude" that Miles exactly created. It is completely possessed in the member of the band. The flow that changes the air of the space repeating the intersection of the sound from intense, fast Passage is splendid. And, the flow of the sound rushes into space in full scale. The music that Miles creates might already exceeded the genre. The flow that completely receives the top will associate that it is the wandering about the star after it explodes.

By the way, it is said that the performance of Miles at this time almost dared to put the title of the tune because Improvisation was almost a main current. "Agharta" of the city of the said legend with the overwhelming might.. has finished when having existed and in Sri Lanka. The performance might be a work that is not the exaggeration to say the top still in the work of one space element and Miles in the 70's.

Kazuhiro | 4/5 |


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