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Topic: Davis' Second Great Quintet
Posted By: dreadpirateroberts
Subject: Davis' Second Great Quintet
Date Posted: 13 Feb 2012 at 8:42pm
From ESP -> Nefertiti what are your favourite pieces - one from each album. Love to hear your thoughts on why
 
Edit - ran out of Poll Choices, had to squeeze Pinocchio in with Riot
 
My choices soon, I'm tired now after all that - but I'm pretty sure Footsteps for one, will get on the board from me


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Posted By: Abraxas
Date Posted: 13 Feb 2012 at 8:47pm
Tough one! Especially when I haven't heard Miles Smiles nor E.S.P very much.

Hopefully I'll remember to listen to them soon and vote!


Posted By: Kazuhiro
Date Posted: 13 Feb 2012 at 8:58pm
This vote is surely difficult. However, I voted for "Footprints". Tony Williams plays free rhythm in the beginning of this music, but switches to rhythm of the Latin suddenly. The flow without the sense of incongruity will be splendid. The melody is good, too.


Posted By: js
Date Posted: 13 Feb 2012 at 9:03pm
I can't remember all these songs, but I know I like "Nefertiti". My favorite song by this group is "Two-Faced" from "Water Babies". It would have fit well on one of the two albums you listed here.


Posted By: Abraxas
Date Posted: 13 Feb 2012 at 9:13pm
^yeah, I bought Nefertiti the other day on CD, and the title track is just fabulous, I love the metaphor its given:

"...Davis had the front and rhthm section reverse their traditional roles. While the horns repeated the theme again and again, pianist Hancock, bassist Carter and dummer Williams, shifted the beat's emphasis, stretched the time, and offered a full dynamic/emotional range. The effect was like a series of time lapse photographs of a particularly beautiful scene, with light and color and shadows subtly, but continually, changing, thus shifting the focus of one's eye-or, in this case, one's ear"


Posted By: js
Date Posted: 13 Feb 2012 at 9:17pm
^ thanks, I like it even better now, ha.


Posted By: darkshade
Date Posted: 14 Feb 2012 at 12:25am
E.S.P. and Miles Smiles are my 2 favs of these albums (missing 1 and 1/2 albums). I don't really remember most of these songs either, but Nefertiti, E.S.P., and Circle are cool

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Posted By: dreadpirateroberts
Date Posted: 14 Feb 2012 at 5:21am
E.S.P. - E.S.P.
Miles Smiles - Footprints
Sorcerer - Masqualero
Nefertiti - Riot

Those from me - basically it's all pretty damn good and choosing one from each album was hard. As with Kazu - I think Footprints is amazing for Tony especially, and I think it's ace to hear Hancock's Riot again, similar but more compact. And ESP's title track is just tops, as is the Shorter's Masqualero.


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Posted By: dreadpirateroberts
Date Posted: 14 Feb 2012 at 5:23am
Originally posted by js js wrote:

I can't remember all these songs, but I know I like "Nefertiti". My favorite song by this group is "Two-Faced" from "Water Babies". It would have fit well on one of the two albums you listed here.


I still don't have Water Babies - I should push it further up my list of albums to get. Been meaning to for a long time.


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Posted By: Sean Trane
Date Posted: 14 Feb 2012 at 8:04am
You might have done the favourite album instead of song
 
I've got only Kilimandjaro and Miles In The Sky, so I can't really answer


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Posted By: darkshade
Date Posted: 14 Feb 2012 at 9:30am
Miles In The Sky would be #3 for me, after Miles Smiles and E.S.P.

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Posted By: Matt
Date Posted: 14 Feb 2012 at 2:07pm
"Gingerbread Boy" for me from Miles Smiles.
 
"Nothing Like You" from Sorceror is a strange beast to say the least. Bloody Gil Evans Tongue


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Posted By: Cannonball With Hat
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2012 at 4:39pm

The only one I don't have is ESP, but ironically I haven't listened to any of the others!

 

So I am of no help in the poll. Tongue



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Posted By: dreadpirateroberts
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2012 at 8:07pm
^ If you can, maybe go for Miles Smiles next - it's probably my fav of the three, track for track great stuff


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Posted By: darkshade
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2012 at 11:57pm
^ and it's the next album chronologically. 

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Posted By: dreadpirateroberts
Date Posted: 18 Feb 2012 at 1:28am
^ Yes! nothing like chronological listening for context, huh?

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Posted By: darkshade
Date Posted: 18 Feb 2012 at 9:36am
For a discography like Miles', listening to his albums chronologically works really well, because there is progression and a step in a new direction with almost every album. Especially from '62 onwards.

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