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Another great mid 70's Miles Davis album,
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This is a stunning album. From the very first notes it is funky in a way that jazz had never been before.
The drums are metronomic and hypnotic, other instruments chop and play snatches of notes that fit into the spaces between. There is so much going on and yet there is a lot of repetition. It is the musical equivalent of watching a pot boil, but so much more rewarding, obviously, otherwise I'd be in the kitchen getting another pot on the cooker instead of listening to it as I write.
Miles is taking a huge risk here, the music could so easily have fallen flat and become boring, yet, thanks to the supreme skills of all involved it never does. It is a lesson in how to wring the most out of a single chord and how to keep the rhythm interesting without changing the basic beat. The level of improvising that was going on in concert around this time by his band was unique, unless you were in the rhythm section. How these guys could hold the beat for so long without cracking up is a feat of magnificence and self control in itself.
It must have been incredible when it came out almost 40 years ago. Unlike the theme for Shaft and other funky music this has not aged at all. It sounds as fresh and as interesting as anything that has been made in the last 2, 10, 20 years. Certainly I do not think Miles was ever as good as this after he came out of his "retirement" in the mid 70's, sure he could play, but had lost something he never got back.
One of my favourite Miles Davis albums.