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The Latest Retrospective..., 10 Nov 2006
Despite reports to the contrary, this new collection of Miles Davis' work amounts to an interesting compilation of Davis' career. In particular his work with jazz saxophonist John Coltrane surfaces quite nicely, especially with the opening track 'So What', originally featured on the album 'Kind of Blue'. Davis' playing range is amply demonstrated on numerous tracks, in particular 'E.S.P', 'Milestones' and the beautifully crafted simplicity of 'Generique'. His talent as a jazz great is also demonstrated as he performs 'standards' such as 'Bye Bye Blackbird' and 'Summertime'. We also hear a range of Davis' trumpet playing styles, both 'open' and muted. The latter method of playing almost becoming Davis' trademark. Towards the end of the collection, the inclusion of 80's pop sounds, including; 'Time after Time' and 'Human Nature', demonstrates Davis' ability to keep in touch with the contemporary music scene at that time. Indeed the original artists, perhaps might have felt honoured to have their pieces individually interpreted by one of the jazz greats of the last fifty years. The Very Best Of Miles Davis Cool & Collected, is a worthy addition to your CD collection, plus is also a more then adaquate introduction into not only the world of modern jazz, but of a true jazz giant.