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Building to that peak period.,
This review is from: Filles De Kilimanjaro (Audio CD)
Davis is of more interest to me from the mid to late 1960's up until his retirement in the mid 1970s. These are the 'directions in music' that lead both to and away from the classic Bitches Brew album.
Fille de Kilimanjaro is an example of this development, Davis accompanied by regular players Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, Chick Corea and Wayne Shorter. Recorded in June and September of 1968, Davis moves from the 'Miles Smiles' period of transition to another period of his music which would be as much influenced by Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone as Charlie Parker and Louis Armstrong...This is an album that feels like one long piece, in five phases- and is best listened to next to Nefertiti and Sorcerer- prior to In a Silent Way (also reissued with this) and Bitches Brew. The story didn't end with BB- as Davis developed a more funk orientated take on this type of jazz with the excellent Jack Johnson and On the Corner albums (the coda to this era is Get Up With It- particularly the timeless He Loved Him Madly). Fille de Kilimanjaro is initially hardwork, but repeated listens will reveal its qualities. This edition comes with superior notes to the prior version and an alternate take of Tout de Suite (which is as nice to have as the other bonus cuts on recent reissues). Not sure about the change from red to grey on the cover, but this is another Davis album you have to own.