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Old 09-20-2010, 02:31 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Bitches Brew is ear sex.

Though pretty much everything I have by him is wonderful. Some of his live stuff from the 70s is intense.
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Old 10-18-2010, 07:13 AM   #32 (permalink)
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My introduction to Davis was from his later work, 1980s electronic studio pyrotechnics with Marcus Miller and George Duke. From there I worked backwards. Maybe as a result, I'm fondest of the 1986 Tutu album, though it sounds like Davis came a long at the last minute and just jammed (rather well) over the backing tapes. Maybe that's all that could be expected given his health and general situation at the time. Of course the much earlier Kind of Blue is a favourite too.
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Old 10-18-2010, 07:15 AM   #33 (permalink)
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Forgot to add above, does anyone think these late 1980s Davis albums are effectively Marcus Miller releases, with Davis as special guest trumpeter? Just a thought!
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Old 11-03-2010, 05:00 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Anybody heard Miles from India?
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Old 11-03-2010, 05:19 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Just got it. Haven't listened to it yet. I don't quite know what to expect.
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Old 11-08-2010, 01:20 PM   #36 (permalink)
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It's an unbelieveable tribute to Miles. There's a really solid group of Indian musicians, combined with some incredible jazz legends. Chick Corea, Gary Bartz, John McLaughglin, Dave Leibman, and many more play on the album- Rudresh Mahanthappa is one of the more prestigious saxophone players on the album. It's a really great combination of American and Indian jazz. I'd recommend it to fans of either genre.
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Old 11-08-2010, 01:36 PM   #37 (permalink)
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It is a really great album. All Blues is definitely an amazing version. I wish that In a Silent Way were much longer than it is. Anyone interested in that particular sound should check out the Shakti albums by John McLaughlin, Who has probably followed the Indian Raga tradition further than anyone else in the Jazz world.
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Old 11-16-2010, 10:05 AM   #38 (permalink)
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Finally got my hands on a vinyl copy of his Kind Of Blue album. I must say I had very high expectations. I was a tad bit dissapointed. It had this great rainy day dreary lonely street feel, which I love, but it just didn't have any intense climaxes. Nothing jumped out and grabbed me throughout the entire album. I thought it walked a fine line between genius and....well.... boring. Maybe I just don't get it.

I still like it alright on rainy days though.
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Old 11-16-2010, 10:48 AM   #39 (permalink)
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Finally got my hands on a vinyl copy of his Kind Of Blue album. I must say I had very high expectations. I was a tad bit dissapointed. It had this great rainy day dreary lonely street feel, which I love, but it just didn't have any intense climaxes. Nothing jumped out and grabbed me throughout the entire album. I thought it walked a fine line between genius and....well.... boring. Maybe I just don't get it.

I still like it alright on rainy days though.
I felt exactly the same way about the album for a very long time. The funny thing is, I had night a few of years back on some hallucinogens and the album just "breathed" me in. It was my anchor for the entire evening. I don't really have any other way of articulating it. I ended up listening to Blue in Green, All Blues, and Flamenco Sketches on repeat for about five hours!

As for the recognition that it gets as being the quintessential jazz album, as a whole I don't think it's nearly worthy to be that revered, but I also believe that Blue in Green and Flamenco Sketches are two of the most beautiful songs ever created.

In it's defense, there are a lot of subtleties that when you focus in on them are really amazing, Bill Evans' piano work, for one, just understatedly holds down the entire album as a cohesive piece throughout its entire length. I've made the claim that Kind of Blue should be considered a Bill Evans album, and then there's Coltrane, who's performances on this album are incredible and, in my opinion, better than most of the solo work he's done, (excluding A Love Supreme, of course)

Really, it's an album to enjoy and let grow on you and that's a little easier if you complete disregard the reputation its built for itself.
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Well I'm so glad you understand, because for a second there I thought something in my soul was missing. But I guess its just the hallucinogins.

Thanks for filling me in, if I see another album of his I won't hesitate to get it. Maybe it will hit me in the right spot, who knows.
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