They played some Miles Davis at my Grandad’s funeral and I remember thinking “Oh man, Black Moon sampled this”. Which got me into Bitches Brew, and a few other things subsequently. Jazz just seemed like too wide a genre to get into though, which has always made me keep it at arms length outside of people like Miles Davis and Charles Mingus. Going to load my phone up with a few bits from this thread though.
In terms of the influence it had upon acid jazz/jazz rock it revolutionised everything
I’ve yet to explore much of his discography but my top picks are the below and they are all 5* records really:
- In A silent Way
- Sketches of Spain
- Kind of Blue
- On the Corner
- Seven Steps to Heaven
Got round to enjoying in Kind of Blue yesterday. Others to follow.
If you’re interested in Miles I would recommend reading his autobiography- one of the most entertaining music autobiographies I’ve read
An oft overlooked Miles record, and one of my personal favorites, is My Funny Valentine. It’s a live recording of the ballads and mid-tempo numbers from a '64 concert at the Philharmonic Hall. It was shortly before the second great quintet was completed with the addition of Wayne Shorter so the band features the core of Hancock/Carter/Williams and George Coleman on Sax.
Apart from All Blues (for Kind of Blue obvs) the pieces are all standards that Miles would return to repeatedly throughout his career so its a really interesting way of charting his development by comparing to earlier performances.
The quality of the recording is astounding (some say its one of the greatest concert recordings of all time) and the depth and the lyricism of playing is enchanting. I could listen to Miles’ solos of Stella by Starlight for hours.
he did so so so many different things over the years
i’d recommend going on youtube and clicking links of various live sets
i’m not sure if any musician has gone through so many style so well in a career
niche but i really like this cover of Human Nature
This is one of the first Miles albums I got into and it’s a great starting point for anyone. The version of My Bloody Valentine is unsurpassed.
Also when I finished University and first had to wear a suit and tie to work I spent a long time getting one just like the one Miles wears on the cover.
Just seen this is on YouTube. One of the absolute best, totally stunning piece of music.
There was always a tension between Miles and some of his younger band members who were getting into free jazz and wanted to explore it more. Unlike Coltrane Miles was somewhat conservative and resisted this trend but this peformance is the closest he got to free jazz in my opinion.
Really interesting to see how he ‘conducts’ the band, often one note is enough to signal a total change in direction.
Great video. Need to watch that properly later
Good recommendation. Ill check it out. Ive got a couple of Miles Live albums including live at Carnegie Hall but the sound quality isnt great on that one!