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Really not even half as good as I expected it to be.
You might like Headhunters by Herbie Hancock. That's rather excellent.
miles davis = massively overrated player.
his career is built on the players he got in
Listen to Kind of Blue, and then come back to me. The guy invented the beebop scale.
the guy did not invent the bebop scale..charlie parker, bud powell, dizzy gillespie..THEY invented bebop.
miles davis could hardly play any notes when he started playing trumpet. there are real REAL early recordings where his playing is absolute shit
and really his playing gets clearer (as on kind of blue) but it doesn't develop a huge amount technically. both saxes tear him apart on kind of blue technically. definitely he's more of a feel player
his skill came in assembling the right bands and getting the best out of them. certainly not in his playing
...but 'Kind of Blue' was pretty-much the invention of modal jazz, in opposition to bebop that was running rampant at the time: rather than the rapid changes of scale required by bebop playing (where you could play notes from 6 different scales over a turnaround with no problem), Miles' plan was to have very few notes to select from, over slower changes. That's a little like blues playing where, as any teenage guitarist will tell you, you only have to learn the minor pentatonic scale and you can wail away over all the chords without changing scale; hence, I suspect, the title 'Kind of blue'...
The sessions were a conscious move away from bebop, so while the record may not have been a technical leap forward, it's not surprising- it was putting an emphasis on melody and tone selection, rather than the torrents of notes flying out from players at the time.
I put it on most weeks
Not heard anything else.
genuinely it's one of my favourites, i can't really explain why but it's got depth to it or something and the unit seem to be listening to each other and really playing off each other intensely well.