Magazine article The New Crisis

Miles Davis Quintet 1965-'68: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings

Magazine article The New Crisis

Miles Davis Quintet 1965-'68: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings

Article excerpt

When I went to purchase the latest Miles Davis boxed set, I knew right away that this was going to be a mother of a

CD collection. The deluxe six-CD, 56-track boxed set follows the release of the dazzling "Miles Davis & Gil Evans: The Complete Recordings," which won a Grammy Award, and the celebrated, "The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel 1965."

The first three discs on the "The Miles Davis Quintet" - a total listening time of more than seven hours - contain Miles' classic albums, representing the quintet's acoustic style period, "E.S.P," "Miles Smiles," "Sorcerer" and "Nefertiti," each in its entirety. On the remaining three, Miles begins to explore another realm, one with an electronic base, with tracks from albums such as 1968's "Filles De Kilimanjaro." The fourth disc features two special treats, a previously unreleased recording entitled "Thisness," and an extended version of the electronic-hued "Circle in the Round." The latter comes in at more than 33 minutes and forecasts the Prince of Darkness' fluid '70s jazz-fusion jams. "Thisness," a quartet piece with a brief Herbie Hancock solo interlude, gets more and more rhythmically intense as the group tries to find the right approach. Just when it gets swinging, it stops, adding to conjecture surrounding the piece. "Thisness" was all but lost until it was located in Miles' private tape collection.

The Miles Davis Quintet ranks as one of the most luminary groups of musicians in jazz history. It has been said that Miles was looking for an ensemble that could push the envelope while not sounding too abstract. He was on point with the quintet: a drummer from Boston named Tony Williams; keyboardist Herbie Hancock, who had been with trumpeter Donald Byrd; bassist Ron Carter, and Wayne Shorter on tenor sax. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.