Saturday, November 24, 2012
Miles Davis' "Miles Ahead" (vinyl, mono)
A very beautiful album that's not perfect, but has touches of genius on it. Miles Davis and 19 other players are under the spell of Gil Evans, and he makes this trip into a smooth sailing. It never sounds busy or brassy, but every sound is put in place Besides the brass, there's bass and drums (of course) but no piano. In some ways there are hints of "Sketches of Spain" in the mix - a future that's bright. Its an interesting album because I think for Miles, this was a goodbye to a certain era or sound. And his solos are so sweet, but not sugary, just a right combination of sweet with a tad ounce of sour.