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Quiet Nights [Import]

Miles Davis Audio CD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0000268J5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't always trust the critics 24 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
This album has I feel has been needlessly given a bad press over the years. Indeed, it is reputed that Miles and indeed Gil Evans did not want this album released!
However, I think Miles and others maybe have been too harsh in their judgement of this album. It isn't that bad at all. Recorded on the West Coast it indeed has that West Coast laid back feel to the album. Anyway, I like this album and I would recommend it. It has for me a great moods of melancholy, menace and joy within it. It IS in the mould of Sketches of Spain in particular and also maybe Porgy and Bess for sound and arrangements.
The highlight tracks for me are 'once upon a Summertime' and the 'Night of the Barracudas' which is intersting episodic piece, in that it was written for astage play which was to star Laurence Harvey and is very moody. Miles plays both his famous Harmon Mute and some lovely Open trumpet on this album.
It is a very accesible album and user friendly. Trust your instincts,forget the 'critics' if you like mellow jazz this album will serve you well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Miles plays the Bossanova 31 Mar 2001
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This was truly an interesting session but unfortunately it also marked the end of a collaboration of two musicians that marked the history of music permanently. So let 's be blunt, this session does not stand up to neither : "Porgy and Bess", "Miles Ahead" or "Scetches of Spain", but still the music contained in it is beautiful yet very incomplete. In 1962 the Bossanova scene was truly VERY hot and Miles Davis having dispanded his first great quintet and after the success of "Scetches of Spain" gave in to Columbia's persistent efforts to get him to record a bossanova record with Gil Evans.
The idea was not necessarily bad just because it was a bit biased, but Columbia's urge to make as much money as possible from this trend and to make it fast, led them to cut the record and push it to the market, without allowing the two musicians to actually finish the record. While they were having a month's break from their first date in the studio when they begun the record, without consulting neither of the two, Columbia cut the record on April of 1963. The result was that the record got very bad reviews (much worse than it actually deserved) and led to the two artists exchanging some bad words and breaking up their musical cooperation for quite a while. And even when they got together again they did not record an entire album but only individual tracks.
To cut a long story short what we have here is some very sweet tunes and some obviously incomplete or average takes of songs lasting a total of 22 minutes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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The common view about `Quiet Nights' among Miles fans is that his peerless legacy might have been even better had it not been released.

It's hard to dissent from this view, except to say the result is in no way `bad' music, though admittedly not amongst Davis's best. This final major-project collaboration between Miles and Gil Evans was an attempt to make a Bossa Nova-themed album - very trendy in 1962 - to capture the feel of Brazil the way `Sketches of Spain' captured the musical heart of the Iberian Peninsula to perfection. QN certainly doesn't stand shoulder to shoulder with `Miles Ahead', `Porgy & Bess' or `Sketches of Spain' but it does have its moments, especially the opener `Song Number 2'.

The original release had an `unfinished' feel because it WAS unfinished: the studio rushed it into the market to catch the popular bossa-nova fad in the US in 1963 before Miles and Gil could really round it off; and was only around 30 minutes long. Miles is on record as being dissatisfied with the whole process, and the result. However, on this release we get two bonus tracks, neither of which have much to do with bossa nova but which nevertheless make the album more worthwhile. The first is `Summer Night', a Dubin composition left over from the `Seven Steps to Heaven' sessions (one of Miles' underrated gems) featuring Ron Carter, Frank Butler and Victor Feldman - a cool and mellow number befitting the title. The second is by common consent the best track here and the saving grace of this collection: `The Time of the Barracudas', a 13-minute suite with several sections originally put together as the soundtrack for a play, a quintessential Davis-Evans collaborative effort with fine orchestrations and beautiful melodic playing.
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