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This review is from: Aura (Audio CD)
I really think that five star reviews are handed out far too much. Anything less always seems to mean the music isn't any good, but here that is definitely not the case. THis is a really amazing album testifying to Miles' real versatility. He didn't compose this music but he's playing as if this is his music- not only does it sound like this is 'his' genre, you can hear all the years experience from other genres up in the music too.
I disagree with the previous person because true Miles fans recognise that his career didn't just span 15 years, it spanned 50 so he's bound to play some really different music in these times. This CD is a particularly different idea. The music is NOT AT ALL like Schoenberg. ITs far more accessible, and like all good music, you have to give it time and concentrate on the different sounds, atmospheres and 'auras'
For instance track 2 reminds me of Irish music- the trumpet opening. Track 6 is extremely mysterious and quite spiritual. The oboe sound is haunting, and the bass moving underneath in their different paths. ITs like you're in a cave and theres all these different things independent of each other like dripping water and footsteps and the sound you'd expect a shaft of light to make if it did make sound.
in short its an evocative CD and definitely more accessible than some of the stuff in 69/70. Not for starter Miles fans but great for the mature listener.