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Miles Davis: A Puzzle Of An Album - The Audiophile Man
Title: Miles Smiles Label: Mobile Fidelity Often thoughtful and sometimes brooding, you often had the feeling that Miles Davis self analysed while he played that famous, economical, ‘cool’, often muted, trumpet. As if he was making decisions on the fly. As if he might lift the entire jazz genre up and twist it into a brand new direction right there on the stage because he’d just come to some sort of realisation…right there on the stage. Listening to him live, I’m sure the listener believed the he was capable of anything. Davis chopped and changed his support line-up on regular occasions. Forever searching. Forever pushing the envelope. This album was released in 1967 and featured Davis’ own quintet, the second incarnation of the quintet model. This time it featured Wayne Shorter on tenor sax, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass and Tony Williams on drums. In mastering terms, this 2LP 45rpm cut is quiet and it really has to be too. Williams’ drums often set the canvas. For example, on Orbits, he forces a sheen of cymbal strikes to form a sort of constant undercoat to the middle and later parts of the track. That permanent shimmer can’t …