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Miles Davis: On the Corner Reassessed, 2009

Howard Mandel’s 2009 re-examination of Miles Davis’s On The Corner is a fascinating multi-faceted look at a controversial if not pivotal album from 1972. This isn’t revisionist history; it’s hindsight from a variety of perspectives. When this album came out, I couldn’t listen to more than five minutes of it. Years later, I heard in a very different perspective (funk and record production rather than what I would have liked Miles to still be playing at the time) and found the worth in the album. The real unsung hero here was producer Teo Macero (also an accomplished composer) who ingeniously edited and weaved fragments into intriguing wholes.

Cover Art: Corky McCoy.

-Michael Cuscuna

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