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Miles Davis


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.30 | 678 ratings

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4 stars Well, this is the work of the definitive "artistic maturity" for a great artist such as Miles Davis, whose "impact"- in the history of the best cool jazz music genre- is important so far!!

For instance, here you find the first defined "fusion" experiments during his remarkable career in the sixties and- moreover-the improvisational moments upon the melodic structure and the repetitive sketches, which allow a kind of "reduction" concerning the music plot, represent some important features...even though- actually- the whole length should be over two hours, but the producer Teo Macero decided to cut down the duration to 80 minutes and then along with Miles even to 27 minutes: in fact at the end of the album divided into two sections, the main music phrases have been repeated twice, probably in order to let him play in a more concise manner... in particular here you find the most remarkable phrasing and also his trumpet is extraordinary.

"Shhh/Peaceful" is a great jam, enriched by means of a fine harmony, being supported by three keyboardists and the jam led by the guitarist and the sax player as well.

As a matter of fact, the connections between several different elements , create a big contrast in the composition and also regarding of track#2- "In A Silent Way/It's About That Time"- which is different from the tune as it was originally written by J. Zawinul, characterized (as it was when He wrote the composition) by too many chords!

At the end, the final section of It's About That Time" is a bluesy clever piece of work, with its amazing groove, which is splitted by everything that could be composed by Weather Report for instance...the repetitions inside allow such a reflective and intense moment of art, rather than being a more serious impediment to the music growth!

Basically this is a must-have for the lovers of the intelligent cool jazz!!

lor68 | 4/5 |


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