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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Sorcerer, the third album by the second Miles Davis Quintet, is in a sense a transitional album, a quiet, subdued affair that rarely blows hot, choosing to explore cerebral tonal colorings. Even when the tempo picks up, as it does on the title track, there's little of the dense, manic energy on Miles Smiles -- this is about subtle shadings, even when the compositions are as memorable as Tony Williams' "Pee Wee" or Herbie Hancock's "Sorcerer." As such, it's a little elusive, since it represents the deepening of the band's music as they choose to explore different territory. The emphasis is as much on complex, interweaving chords and a coolly relaxed sound as it ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Sorcerer, the third album by the second Miles Davis Quintet, is in a sense a transitional album, a quiet, subdued affair that rarely blows hot, choosing to explore cerebral tonal colorings. Even when the tempo picks up, as it does on the title track, there's little of the dense, manic energy on Miles Smiles -- this is about subtle shadings, even when the compositions are as memorable as Tony Williams' "Pee Wee" or Herbie Hancock's "Sorcerer." As such, it's a little elusive, since it represents the deepening of the band's music as they choose to explore different territory. The emphasis is as much on complex, interweaving chords and a coolly relaxed sound as it is on sheer improvisation, though each member tears off thoroughly compelling solos. Still, the individual flights aren't placed at the forefront the way they were on the two predecessors -- it all merges together, pointing toward the dense soundscapes of Miles' later '60s work. It's such a layered, intriguing work that the final cut, recorded in 1962 with Bob Dorough on vocals, is an utterly jarring, inappropriate way to end the record, even if it's intended as a tribute to Miles' then-girlfriend later, his wife, Cicely Tyson whose image graces the cover.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/13/1998
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646568026
  • Catalog Number: 65680

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prince Of Darkness (6:29)
  2. 2 Pee Wee (4:49)
  3. 3 Masqualero (8:54)
  4. 4 The Sorcerer (5:12)
  5. 5 Limbo (7:17)
  6. 6 Vonetta (5:37)
  7. 7 Nothing Like You (2:01)
  8. 8 Masqualero (7:06)
  9. 9 Limbo (5:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miles Davis Primary Artist, Trumpet
Ron Carter Bass
Bob Dorough Vocals
Herbie Hancock Piano, Keyboards
Wayne Shorter Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Tony Williams Drums
Frank Rehak Trombone
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Willie Bobo Bongos
Paul Chambers Bass
Buster Williams Bass
Technical Credits
Bob Belden Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Chris Albertson Liner Notes
Michael Cuscuna Reissue Producer
Gil Evans Arranger
Frank Laico Engineer
Teo Macero Producer
Fred Plaut Engineer
John Snyder Reissue Producer
John Synder Producer
Irving Townsend Producer
Mark Wilder Remixing, Mastering
Francis Wolff Insert Photography
Allen Weinberg Art Direction
Vic Anesini Remixing
Randall Martin Reissue Design
Jan Persson Insert Photography
Rob Schwarz Mastering
Nicholas Bennett Packaging Manager
Stanley Tonkel Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a must have

    Sorcerer is in my mind the most powerful Miles cd of the second quintet. Miles guides the rest of the band through there own music influences and forces them to play their best. Also Tony Williams really pushes this music with unbelievable energy and power.

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