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4.4 out of 5 stars
Live - Evil
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on 19 July 2016
For the longest time the only Miles Davis album I'd heard was the cool jazz classic "Kind Of Blue". Then, on a whim, I bought "Bitches Brew" and I fell in love with Miles' experimental fusion period of the late 60s and early 70s, from the pensive, agitated "In A Silent Way" (1969) through to the funky jazz-rock of "A Tribute To Jack Johnson" (1971) and "Live Evil" (1972), a wonderful collection of studio out takes and live recordings, painstakingly cut and crafted by Miles' genius producer Teo Macero.

Here Miles surrounds himself with astonishing musicians, each one incredibly talented improvisers: guitar virtuoso John McLaughlin (whose band The Mahavishnu Orchestra were famous for being the loudest jazz fusion band around); legendary pianists Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett (all of whom have produced incredible solo works, in particular I'm a big fan of Herbie's jazz-funk classic "Head Hunters" and Keith Jarrett's wonderful "Koln Concert" live album); and the astounding drumming prowess of Jack DeJohnette, amongst others.

"Live Evil" contains some of the weirdest, most experimental tunes (my wife won't let me play this in the car on long journeys, thankfully "...Jack Johnson" is fine though), each one a fusion of jazz styles, funk and psychedelic rock. In particular, rock fans who may have always avoided jazz may find a lot to enjoy; the groove to the opening track on Disc 1 - "Sivad" - could be the grandfather to every Tom Morello riff. Fans of Funkadelic and Jimi Hendrix - especially his Band of Gypsies album - as well as anyone who likes eclectic, experimental music (with a GROOVE!) should definitely check this out.
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on 12 November 2015
If you liked Bitches Brew, you'll love this too. I'd also recommend a great book by Paul Tingen, 'Miles Beyond - the electric explorations of Miles Davis 1967-72' which goes into great detail on the history and music. A real gem, 2nd hand copies only I fear, i got a good ex library one from Nevada, unread, but this will increase your appreciation for this whole period and make you want to hear all the other albums, if you like the style. If you haven't heard 'Bitches brew' you could start with this one. Different but great. Listen 'in the moment', then you'll get it.
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on 2 July 2017
Really pleased with purchase. Prompt dispatch. Great classic performances.
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on 11 October 2017
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on 11 January 2017
Amazing, fantastic album, very pleased, :)
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on 25 January 2016
Absolutely fabulous.
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on 25 December 2014
70's Miles Davis at his most spontaneous.
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on 4 June 2016
Doesn't quite meet the lofty heights of Bitches Brew, but for a late night boozy heavy fusion session it's spot on, down and dirty. Just add Miles' On the Corner and Turn it Over by Tony Williams Lifetime and make it an all nighter!
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on 9 March 2015
yes Yes YES, funky as f**k heavy as f**k amazing production and playing fantastic artwork, this and Dark Magus are the best of his work (in my opinion), What`s not to love ?.
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on 6 May 2015
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