Seven Steps to Heaven
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Miles was in a state of flux in 1963. His quintet with Hank Mobley, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb had been disbanded, and Miles had been recording with Gil Evans. When the time came for a new lp, Miles was still working on getting a steady group together. So, in fact, this lp is in fact 2 ep's, as 2 different groups play on this lp, each with a very different character from the other.
Group 1- Miles, George Coleman (tenor), Victor Feldman (piano), Ron Carter, (Bass), Frank Butler (dr) (tracks 1,3,5). This group is quite traditional in outlook, and the tracks played show this. Miles' beautifully heartfelt performances are backed perfctly by Feldman's supple and understated piano. This group proved that Miles could pack a wallop on the standards. The tenor of Coleman and Carter's bass compliment Miles and Feldman very well. As a fan of jazz, I very much enjoy what this very short lived quintet did (2 days in April 1963 was the life of this group).
Group 2- Miles, Coleman, Carter, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams. 4/5 of what would be the 2nd great quintet are in action on tracks 2,4,6. The character of the band is immediatly felt on "Seven Steps to Heaven" (group 1 also recorded the song, as well as "So Near So Far"- track 4- and "Summer Nights", which landed on the "Quiet Nights" lp; perhaps at some point both takes of both of these songs will be on a remastered version of this lp to showcase the very different interpretations of the songs by the old and new guard), as Ron Carter's walking bass is pushed by Williams' drumming.Read more ›
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Sound quality is superb and definitely worth the purchase.
Interestingly, while it's a multi-channel SACD, it only appears to be 3.0 or 3. Read more
Excellent album! I already had it in CD, but the SACD sounds clear, precise, open and crisp, very detailed as well.Published on March 28, 2013 by John Zameza Albizuri
I have compiled a massage tape with his best stuff! The slow songs are great to work by. My senior clients love these tunes!Published on July 29, 2012 by summrbrz
SEVEN STEPS TO HEAVEN is a transitional record, one of the products of Miles Davis' five years wandering in the comparative wilderness between his acclaimed lineup of 1955-59 and... Read morePublished on February 29, 2012 by Christopher Culver
This Is Miles At his Smoothest- No Games No Headaches Just Straight Jazz At It's Very Best.This Is The Real Miles Davis You Should Now- Cool As The Other Side Of The Pillow!Published on December 30, 2011 by Dogs of War
Miles'regular group of the mid-sixties (in one of their first recordings) is in top form on four cuts. As an added treat we get two cuts with Victor Feldman and Frank Butler. Read morePublished on April 25, 2009 by D. Perrine
Firstly, I've played enough jazz to know what MY opinion of Miles is worth (irrelevant). It's exquisite, another classic. You need amateur reviews to know that? Read morePublished on June 5, 2008 by Poco Ritard
Lemme say I'm a admirer of my main man Miles Davis. He's such an powerful inspiration to me that make me join to play the trumpet. Read morePublished on February 1, 2005 by Henry Cooper
Although "Seven Steps To Heaven" is one of Miles Davis's lesser known releases, it is one of his greatest. Read morePublished on August 29, 2004 by Andrew Stevenson