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Creeps up and grasps your heart
on 23 December 2003
It's three years since I bought this box set from Amazon, and I don't think I ever spent 70 quid in many better ways. The music produced by this great quintet has an extraordinary way of creeping upon you, or sneaking round the side, and grasping your heart.
Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams (17 when he joined the band, the others had to buy his drinks !!)really wanted to stretch out - with Miles leading in a unique and entirely unconventional way. It's strange that music that is so complex can be so accessible.
Perhaps it doesn't swing in the way Miles band did with Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, Hank Mobley and Jimmy Cobb, but it has a subtle dynamism of its own. And anyway, comparing Miles at different periods is as useful as comparing chalk and cheese (this is part of what made him so unique in 20th century music).
How to judge this as a box set?
Sometimes I deliberately play tracks from one album (eg Nefertiti, or Miles Smiles) which involves a certain amount of fiddling around, and there are some later tracks I found less interesting, maybe feeling more like the work in progress of the electric stuff Miles was going to move into a bit later.
But that's quibbling, isn't it, and the pics and text with the set are lovely.
While so much 'popular' music comes and goes, this is for ever. After three years, I can't really imagine being without it.