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Miles Davis Quintet – Miles Smiles


His sound? With open horn, it can be driving, frantic, joyful or harsh, a painter liberating a canvas to realms of vivid colour; muted, it has the lyric delicacy of wind-whistling grass or the subtle hesitancy of sunlight piercing clouds. No matter which, the sound bristles with inventiveness and harbors an intricately welded internal core, and inherent musical tension that probes as it plays and seems never at the point of resolution until each song is fully realized, and finally ended.

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Except for the taping of a live performance at the Portland Festival, Miles Davis’ discography for 1966 only lists the recordings made for the LP Miles Smiles. How strange when on considers the usual large output of Miles and his ensembles for Columbia Records in the Sixties. The bass player Ron Carter was best suited for the complicated rhythm part and remained Miles’ “number one” in a quintet which gave a new interpretation to compositions by Wayne Shorter and jazz hits such as “Freedom Jazz Dance” by Eddie Harris and Jimmy Heath’s “Gingerbread Boy.” Every second of the nine-minute-long “Footprints” by Shorter is an absolute highlight, while the drumming of the young Tony Williams in “Freedom Jazz Dance” is full of vitality, with a quick pulse and even described as “threatening” in the liner notes. This music is neither “new stream” nor “old guard” but good modern jazz according to Anthony Tuttle. That’s exactly what Miles Smiles was upon its release 40 years ago – and that’s what it is to this day!


1. Orbits
2. Circle
3. Footprints
1. Dolores
2. Freedom Jazz Dance
3. Ginger Bread Boy


Additional information

Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm