Miles Davis Albums I own

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  • Seven Steps to Heaven
  • Relaxin'
  • A Tribute to Jack Johnson
  • Miles Ahead (1957)~ To be reviewed....
  • Agharta (1975)~ Another live album. Its during Miles' electric funky period, and funky it is. It has more structure than most the stuff he was playing about this time, which isn't necessarily better nor worse, just intriguing, and awesome as hell to listen to. Reggie Lucas, on guitar, is all the shit that The Edge gets credit for creating, all about 15-20 years sooner too. And better at that. But very solid album, very, very cool fusion jazz. The first disc is much better than the second though.
  • Live at the Fillmore East (1970)~ Very amazing to hear Miles live. I can only imagine what it'd be like to see him live. This album has live recordings of selections from In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew. The band is a little bit slimmer here, so without John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawindul, Bennie Maupin or Harvey Brooks, some of the arrangemants are very differant, but not in a bad way. It's very intriguing to hear the musicans trade around parts due to the lack of musicians, and it gets very crazy and ballsy. Not for a casual music fan for sure.
  • In a Silent Way (1969)~ This a very dreamy, very peaceful album. Its like the anti-Brew. It's got the same electric feel and groove, but just is very mellow and doesn't show off...well, too much. Very nice work on the keyboards by all three Herbie Hancock, Zoe Zawinul, and Chick Corea. I like this immensely already. This may someday replace Kind of Blue as my favorite. It's much like Bitches Brew meets Kind of Blue.
  • Sketches of Spain (1959)~ Very good album, it is very beautiful. Very lyrical and the orchestra on it is clever and beautiful. Shows yet another face of the wonderful Mr. Davis, with help from Mr. Gil Evans.
  • Miles on the Corner (1972)~ I liked this the moment I heard that funky little drum beat and John McLaughlin ripping into the wah pedal the way only he does. Much like Bitches Brew, only with more of funky and punk feel to it. Definetly worth checking out. Miles shows that he is the man once again with this one.
  • Birth of the Cool (1949)~ The one that pretty much started it all. Nice record, ushered in the "cool jazz" era, but it sort of like alot of jazz around about that time. I unfortunetly listened to this for the first time after already hearing the Brew, so this one didn't blow me away like the others, but wasn't by any means a bad album. You get sense that Miles has got big plans, but just isn't quite there yet.
  • Bitches Brew (1969)~ The first time I heard this was the summer I was going into frshman year in High School. I thought I knew alot about music then, but in actuality I didn't. I also didn't understand the music at all and I thought it was just noise. Then the next time I listened was months back and my God was I blown away. Now a more mature and understanding musician, I really am amazed at what Miles did. The more you listen the more you realize how incredibly astounding this album is. He was doing stuff nobody had dreamed of and nobody's touched since. John McLaughlin came close with some Mahavishnu Orchestra stuff, but without Miles and Chick and the rest of the crew, it just isn't the same. Disc two is far better than the first, and give this album ample time to let grow one you. It's worth it.
  • Kind of Blue (1959)~ My favorite of Davis. Just a phenomial, hugely influential album. When Coltrane and Miles got together, it was huge. The way they played through modes was great and is the staple for all modal jazz. The whole album just seems effortless and flows like budda. Trane, Miles, Paul Chambers and the other musicians' chemistry is just wonderful and makes this album something everyone has got to listen to.
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By own I mean I bought Kind of Blue, and got all the others from the library.

Top is most recently heard album, and it goes down in order.

Soon to be review/coming in or reserved at the library:
-The Columbia Years, 1955-1986

I agree with all of that, but Miles has about 50 great albums, so don't stop there. Onward and upward.

T'ho

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Congratulations! I find Miles Davis to be the most problematic of the acknowledged "Jazz Greats". It's not easy to find an entry into his music... unless it is the absolute junking funk that he put out from the mid-80s on. He is a-may-zing even though I sometimes find his music tough to love ( Round About Midnight excepted, of course.) He changed the face of music at least three-and-a-half times over his career, much more than anyone else I can think of and his autobiography from the late 80s with Quincy Troupe is one of the better jazz histories. He shies away a little from his beating on third wife Cicely Tyson but doesn't flinch much from his heroin addictions or his days as a pimp. As if it wasn't tough enough to listen to him before.