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Miles In The Sky
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It's true that on "Miles in the Sky" the group sticks more than a collective toe into the rock waters. But jazz listeners shouldn't be frightened off by that. This is still a rock-solid jazz record. Tony Williams is especially effective at bridging the gap between rock and jazz drumming. As the best example, check out his and Miles' incredible rapport on "Country Son." Tony's fascinating work on this song and throughout the record reminds us of what a great musician we lost when he passed.
George Benson's contribution on "Paraphernalia" is superior as well. He too manages to imply a rock feel in his playing without ever abandoning the fluidity and freedom of jazz.
For those listeners more comfortable with Miles' fusion material, this might be the album that treads close enough to rock to satisfy you, but it might also be the album that whets your appetite for earlier Columbia dates that this quintet recorded. Once you get a taste of those, you might find it hard to be fully satisfied with the later material.
Part of the reason Williams's contributions are their very best is that the material plays to his personal strengths. The tunes themselves may not be the best compositions in this band's discography but they are vehicles for some killer playing. "Stuff" is the band's first obvious foray into what would become fusion; Hancock plays Fender Rhodes and Carter plays electric bass (against his will), and Williams pushes the band with his still unmatched jazz-rock feel. Then "Paraphernalia" features George Benson on guitar, but not in some kind of special guest feature gimmick common in the music industry today.Read more ›
Miles In The Sky is a mindblowing affair. the cover alone is not your average everyday jazz art (even for back in the late 60's). but the cover art was only a hint at what was to be a daring direction for Miles Davis and his band. the opener "Stuff" is a minimal transparent (and almost funky) jazz workout that takes it's time and states it's purpose in slow shady tones. the mysterious wonders continue with hidden little gems exposing themsleves to the listener with frightful ease and assurance. this is the sound of a band pushing the envelope...but gently, and on their own terms. many people seem to look at Miles In The Sky as a sort of stepping stone for what would later be coined 'fusion'.Read more ›
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After listening few times they're all smoking.. great solo work.. tony williams out of control.. great..Published 3 months ago by gary rynar
As a jazz musician and Miles fan this was an unexpected nugget. It is definitely a bit rawer than Bitche's Brew or In A Silent Way. Read morePublished 9 months ago by George T. Leyden
At first listen, Miles in the Sky (1968) is a tough album to digest, because it's purely transitional, with post bop elements, rock beats, avant garde, and ultimately fusion... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Todd7
super cool record. a good place to start your MD collection...Tony Williams' bad a$$ drumming really shines on this record!Published 13 months ago by Dee Dee TeeDee greasy