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Miles Smiles

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
With their second album, Miles Smiles, the second Miles Davis Quintet really began to hit their stride, delving deeper into the more adventurous, exploratory side of their signature sound. This is clear as soon as "Orbits" comes crashing out the gate, but it's not just the fast, manic material that has an edge -- slower, quieter numbers are mercurial, not just in how they shift melodies and chords, but how the voicing and phrasing never settles into a comfortable groove. This is music that demands attention, never taking predictable paths or easy choices. Its greatest triumph is that it masks this adventurousness within music that is warm and accessible -- it ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
With their second album, Miles Smiles, the second Miles Davis Quintet really began to hit their stride, delving deeper into the more adventurous, exploratory side of their signature sound. This is clear as soon as "Orbits" comes crashing out the gate, but it's not just the fast, manic material that has an edge -- slower, quieter numbers are mercurial, not just in how they shift melodies and chords, but how the voicing and phrasing never settles into a comfortable groove. This is music that demands attention, never taking predictable paths or easy choices. Its greatest triumph is that it masks this adventurousness within music that is warm and accessible -- it just never acts that way. No matter how accessible this is, what's so utterly brilliant about it is that the group never brings it forth to the audience. They're playing for each other, pushing and prodding each other in an effort to discover new territory. As such, this crackles with vitality, sounding fresh decades after its release. And, like its predecessor, ESP, this freshness informs the writing as well, as the originals are memorable, yet open-ended and nervy, setting and creating standards for modern bop that were emulated well into the new century. Arguably, this quintet was never better than they are here, when all their strengths are in full bloom.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/1994
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy Euro
  • EAN: 5099706568223
  • Catalog Number: CK65682
  • Sales rank: 19,087

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Orbits - Miles Davis Quintet (4:35)
  2. 2 Circle - Miles Davis Quintet (5:52)
  3. 3 Footprints - Miles Davis Quintet (9:44)
  4. 4 Dolores - Miles Davis Quintet (6:20)
  5. 5 Freedom Jazz Dance - Miles Davis Quintet (7:11)
  6. 6 Gingerbread Boy - Miles Davis Quintet (7:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miles Davis Primary Artist, Trumpet
Ron Carter Bass
Herbie Hancock Piano
Wayne Shorter Tenor Saxophone
Tony Williams Drums
Miles Davis Quintet Track Performer
Technical Credits
Bob Belden Producer, Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Chris Albertson Liner Notes
Michael Cuscuna Producer, Reissue Producer
Frank Laico Engineer
Teo Macero Producer, Audio Production
Vernon Smith Cover Photo
Mark Wilder Engineer, Remixing, Mastering
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Randall Martin Reissue Design
Rob Schwarz Mastering
Nicholas Bennett Packaging Manager
Anthony Tuttle Liner Notes
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Way out there

    This album never gets old. It is easily my favorite Miles album (Kind of Blue is my favorite Jazz album, though). The music is beautiful, weird, and beautifully weird. The solos are all incredibly shaped and the band is very tight. This is recommended highly, although if you have not dealt with Miles before, especially in this era, it may be a little unpleasant. Once one listens a few times though, it is immediately clear how masterful it is. a must have.

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