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Dear Miles Import

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 19, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000FPX0CK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #978,343 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By RBSProds TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 20, 2007
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Five ENJOYABLE Stars!! Composer, arranger, educator, perennial jazz poll- and Grammy-winner Ron Carter, unquestionably one of the greatest bassists in jazz history, has conjured up a great tribute to Miles Davis, who brought him front and center in the jazz world. Historically, Mr Carter arrived in the quintet after the "Kind of Blue" era, playing from 1963 to 1968 teaming up with Herbie Hancock and Tony Williams to form one of jazz' most stellar rhythm sections, playing many of these very songs. This CD is a wonderful set of Miles associated-songs which are fresh while often maintaining much of the atmosphere of the originals. Mr Carter is joined by the stupendously inventive Stephen Scott on piano, superlative drummer Payton Crossley and master percussionist Roger Squitero. Wonderfully recorded, you can often hear the reverberations of Mr Carter's strings suspending the notes in the air longer than we normally hear.

The 'Pieces De Resistance', the best of the best, begin with a song I listened to six consecutive times before moving on: the 5-minute "Stella by Starlight" which begins with a bridge fragment and is a robust, wonderfully-constructed, touching extended bass solo by the 'bassist-extraordinare' with some tasteful piano, percussion and great brush support. And look for Ron's amazing 'mystery note' near the end, in a performance that mirrors the Miles Davis tempo and atmosphere but stands on its own; ditto for the tempo shifting "My Funny Valentine". "Gone" has some superlative drumming, stout Carter 'walking', great Scott pianism, and great overall interplay. "Seven Steps To Heaven" starts out in a familiar vein but launches on its own trajectory from there with Scott absolutely on fire and with some muscular bongo playing by 'conguero' Squitero.
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The promotional materials accompanying "Dear Miles" quote Ron Carter as saying "I would have been offended 10 years ago if someone had asked me to do a Mile tribute album." Why Carter would suddenly be defensive about a Miles tribute at any point in his career is strange. He's been interpreting Miles materials continually as accompanist and bandleader since leaving Miles' greatest quintet around 1968.

It's not the project that's strange--Ron Carter was a seminal contributor to Miles' creations during Miles' most fertile period, so accusing him of plagiarism would be ludicrous--what's strange here is the choice of material. These are not Miles' heavy hitters. For the most part, they're not tunes associated exclusively with Miles at all. In fact, the track list would prompt many music lovers to put the CD back on the shelf. This is a badly shop-worn setlist. Who wants to hear another "My Funny Valentine"? What's been done with it since Chet Baker that compelled a second listen? "Someday My Prince Will Come" and "Stella by Starlight"? It sounds like an "as-seen-on-TV" compilation.

But from the first cut, it's apparent that something remarkable is happening on "Dear Miles". "Gone," one of Gil Evans' finest big band arrangements from "Porgy and Bess," is transmuted in its translation to the quartet format to become something wonderful indeed. "My Funny Valentine" gets an overhaul that rediscovers something at the heart of the tune that is beautiful in its simplicity. And then there's "Bag's Groove," a tune that Carter has beautifully reinterpreted before (notably in a duet with Jim Hall), but never to greater effect on this CD. Even "As Time Goes By" becomes something new and vibrant here.

This is Carter's best work since 1999's Latin-inspired "Orfeu," and his greatest traditional small ensemble work since Miles.

Note: Copyright 2007 Elmore magazine and reprinted with permission.
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Not since first listening to "Kind of Blue" by Miles Davis have I enjoyed a jazz album this much. I am a high school English teacher and Ron Carter's "Dear Miles" has a calming effect on me and the restless seniors I try to teach each day. This CD is so easy to listen to, I actually forget it's playing sometimes. It creates the perfect ambient sound in my classroom.

I have to agree with a previous reviewer, I think Miles Davis would have really enjoyed Ron Carter's tribute to him. You have to check out this disc.
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One of his best, great music from Miles Davis as interpreted by Ron Carter, as good as it gets!
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Fast shipping. Hghyly recommend.
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