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Miles in the Sky
     

Miles in the Sky

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by Miles Davis
 

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With the 1968 album Miles in the Sky, Miles Davis explicitly pushed his second great quintet away from conventional jazz, pushing them toward the jazz-rock hybrid that would later become known as fusion. Here, the music is still in its formative stages, and it's a little more earth-bound than you might expect, especially following

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With the 1968 album Miles in the Sky, Miles Davis explicitly pushed his second great quintet away from conventional jazz, pushing them toward the jazz-rock hybrid that would later become known as fusion. Here, the music is still in its formative stages, and it's a little more earth-bound than you might expect, especially following on the heels of the shape-shifting, elusive Nefertiti. On Miles in the Sky, much of the rhythms are straightforward, picking up on the direct 4/4 beats of rock, and these are illuminated by Herbie Hancock's electric piano -- one of the very first sounds on the record, as a matter of fact -- and the guest appearance of guitarist George Benson on "Paraphernalia." All of these additions are tangible and identifiable, and they do result in intriguing music, but the form of the music itself is surprisingly direct, playing as extended grooves. This meanders considerable more than Nefertiti, even if it is significantly less elliptical in its form, because it's primarily four long jams. Intriguing, successful jams in many respects, but even with the notable additions of electric instruments, and with the deliberately noisy "Country Son," this is less visionary than its predecessor and feels like a transitional album -- and, like many transitional albums, it's intriguing and frustrating in equal measures.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972387826
catalogNumber:
723878
Rank:
7692

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miles Davis   Primary Artist,Trumpet
George Benson   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ron Carter   Bass
Herbie Hancock   Piano,Electric Piano
Wayne Shorter   Tenor Saxophone
Tony Williams   Drums

Technical Credits

Bob Belden   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Chris Albertson   Liner Notes
Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Arthur Kendy   Engineer
Frank Laico   Engineer
Teo Macero   Producer
John Snyder   Producer
Mark Wilder   Remixing
Francis Wolff   Insert Photography
Allen Weinberg   Art Direction
Randall Martin   Reissue Design
Jan Persson   Insert Photography
Nicholas Bennett   Packaging Manager

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Miles in the Sky [Bonus Tracks] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is just one step closer to Electric Miles. It features Herbie Hancock on the Fender Rhodes electric for the first time, and though he plays it beautifully, one can tell he is still mastering it. Very interesting as far as that aspect is concerned. The compositions are all excellent, including one by Tony Williams called "Black Comedy" which has much rhythmic intricacy, as can be expected from the drumming genius. This album is a must for Miles fans, especially if trying to track his progress towards electric.