Miles Smiles Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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Audio, Cassette, Original recording reissued, February 25, 1992
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Miles Smiles should not your first purchase if you are new to jazz or new to the music of Miles. Kind of Blue would be a better album to ease into. However, once you have found yourself mesmerized by the fluidity and pure beauty of that album, it is time to go a little deeper. The music on Miles Smiles is a little more abstract and complex. Miles was exploring free jazz more with this second quintet, and this album along with E.S.P and Sorcerer transitioned into Miles' new phase prior to the freer and more electric period. Free jazz in my opinion got a little too "out there." This never seems that way. The band is right on target, playing with a unity that is mind-blowing.
Herbie Hancock's beautiful flourishes on "Circle" still give me chills, Tony Williams crisp, rhythmic drum fills are flawless from beginning to end. Many people have said bassist Ron Carter is overrated - listen to this album and you will have to disagree. Wayne is as precise and as melodic as usual - truly a master of his instrument. And Miles? What more can be said? He's the man.
If you have a couple Miles CD's and are really digging them, then you will LOVE Miles Smiles. Recorded in one take, it is nothing less than spontaneous, beautiful music.
This is definitely my favorite record by his second great quintet, which featured personnel upgrades in Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (bass), and Tony Williams (drums), who was just 17 years old when Miles first hired him. Wayne Shorter, (tenor sax) replaces John Coltrane, who, at this time, was exploring new territory at the time with such avant-garde releases as ASCENSION and INTERSTELLAR SPACE. Trane and Miles were growing too far apart from each other for it to make sense to have them playing together. Coltrane needed to be a leader at this time.
Just 21 months earlier, this quintet released their debut, E.S.P., to much critical acclaim. On MILES SMILES, this group spaces out even more, making the most of Williams' polyrhythms, and the inter-twining modal soloing of Shorter and Davis. There is so much going on at all times - as a listener, you can choose to focus on just one instrument of your choice the entire time and rarely lose interest.
This disc opens up with the Wayne Shorter original, 'Orbits', and we are immediately presented with the type of abstract playing the two solists are exploring. Hancock acts more as a soloist on this recording as well, but at the same time focus on the drums and bass, especially Carter's ability to hold the group together with his walking patterns. Two other Shorter originals are feautured here - 'Footprints' and 'Dolores'.Read more ›
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Essential Miles, from his greatest period, with perhaps the greatest small jazz combo of all time (it's either this quintet or the classic Coltrane quartet - both succeeded in... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Gary T. Kleemann
Now that E.S.P. finally placed the second Miles Davis Quintet directly on the jazz
charts and during live performances right upon it’s release in 1965, the jazz trumpet... Read more
Miles Smiles is, in a lot of ways, the last hurrah of superlative acoustic offerings by Davis; it was the end of an era, and right before Davis started experimenting with... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Todd7
My favorite album from the second great quintet. Circles and Orbits are wonderful.Published 19 months ago by Chris Newman
Miles Smiles is an excellent album which, for myself, sounds like a combination of Kind of Blue and Miles in the Sky.Published 23 months ago by patrick roy meyers