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This review is from: Milestones (Audio CD)
As cool, meditative and relaxed and thoughtful is 'Kind of Blue','Milestones' taken in the round is a much more direct,high energy affair. In fact coming to this album from 'Kind of Blue' might for some listeners be a bit of a shock.'Milesstones' has a raw energy and directness that at first listening is almost overpowering,almost as if this were a recording of a live set and the band were on particularly hot form. Tunes for example like 'Dr Jekyll' see Miles roaring around at an uncharacteristically alarming pace,setting up Adderley and Coltrane to trade solo's are breathtaking in their musicality and athleticism make for a exhilarating timer for the listener.The general rule for this recording seems to be - state the melody and return to it at the pieces conclusion, enter the soloist and then allow the band to participate as taste requires. Given the line -up such a simple formula allows for the participants space enough to explore ideas and challenge each other to greater and greater heights of endeavor.The result is a music characterized by great band interplay,a sense of freedom and excitement allied to real depth of expression.
With 'Milestones' you can hear that Davis starting to put together the modal agenda that would find it's full blossoming in great albums like 'ESP' and 'Filles de Kilimanjaro'. The beautifully blusey 'Sid's Ahead',one of the albums many highlights show the band could play it slow and with feeling or as in the case with the closing track, 'Two Bass Hit' simply explode. The reason perhaps that 'Milestones' doesn't receive all the attention that it should is that it demands more of the listener then say 'Kind of Blue'-for some ears,the music might be a little acerbic and energetic then they might be happy to live with. For my money though,'Milestones' is as good an album as Miles ever put out,now that's saying something!Fave track? 'Straight,No Chaser'.