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Seven Steps to Heaven CD
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What is certain is that `Seven Steps to Heaven' is one beautiful album full of cool, stretched-out ballads. It usually fails to make Miles' defining discography of `milestones' only because no new ground was broken, no definitive new style established. However the music is absolutely first class, ambient and repeat-listenable in the way of KoB and `In a Silent Way'.
* On tracks 2, 4 & 6 Herbie Hancock plays piano and Tony Williams is on drums (both destined to become members of Miles' great quintet in the mid-sixties)
* All remaining tracks feature Victor Feldman on keyboards and Frank Butler on drums
* George Coleman plays some fine sax
* Ron Carter plays bass on all tracks
All in all a great album and a fine, mellow mood-piece from the period preceding Miles' move towards jazz-fusion resulting in the great defining masterworks `In a Silent Way' and the seminal `Bitches Brew'.
It's good. If you like Miles Davis, and particularly the more mellow ballads, you'll love it.
St Louis Blues is played really slow and is exquisite. Miles was between groups it seems. We have the great Frank Butler/Tony Williams on drums and Herbie Hancock and Vic Feldman on piano. Vic wrote the title tune.
This is what jazz should be...an art form.
This is not to say that the up-tempo numbers are in anyway inferior. The title track, "Joshua" and the under-rated "So near, so far" are brilliant - even the West coast work out of the latter isn't bad despite the revelatory manner in which the same tune is re-cast by Herbie Hancock and Tony Williams on the most recent take. However, it has to be said that the ballad performances are nothing short of sensational.
Quite how come "Basin Street Blues" is not celebrated as a classic performance is beyond me. The rhythm section and British pianist Victor Feldman produce the kind of cushion that allowed what I would consider to be some of Mile's most perfect trumpet work to be performed. Every nuance and timbre of his playing is displayed on this track and the same goes for "Baby won't you please come home" - almost unrecognisable from the jazz standard first performed by McKinney's cotton-pickers in about 1929.Read more ›
Certainly it is his last truly straight-ahead 'jazz' (as most people know it) albums - and there really isn't any sign of what was to come - but it is, as the other reviewers have stated, an absolutely peerless, top quality collection of cool ballads and standards.
I find it hard to believe as I have read in other places that Miles was at a crossroads or transitional stage, my feeling this album is that he enjoyed himself, but knew where he was going next, so this was kind of the last cocktail party.
The players all work beautifully together, and Miles' muted horn is beyond compare.
If you were looking for a first step into Miles Davis, these 7 steps are a brilliant place to start. But be warned. If you LOVE this - if you go to his next album E.S.P., it is an altogether different beast totally. Better to go back to one of the other truly understated masterpieces like Someday My Prince Will Come or - of course - Kind Of Blue.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best albums by the master. Highly recommended,
The coolest Jazz Player in his time and at present very few musicians come close.
A great album, in which Miles starts to assemble the second great quintet. Victor Feldman and Herbie Hancock are both in good form, as is the under rated George Coleman. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dean John
Happy with this purchase and speed of delivery. Keep up the great work !Published 19 months ago by John Walker
Excellent service provided by the seller. A good music cd.Published 21 months ago by Syed A Hussain
This excellent quartet/quintet album comprises two different sessions recorded in 1963 in Los Angeles & New York. Read morePublished on 21 Jun. 2014 by Jazzrook