MILES DAVIS — Miles Davis Quintet : Miles Smiles (review)

MILES DAVIS — Miles Davis Quintet : Miles Smiles album cover Album · 1966 · Post Bop Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
Warthur
Continuing his experiments in modal jazz as an alternative to the disparate free playing which was the other major strand in cutting-edge jazz experimentation, Miles Smiles might not be the most immediately arresting Davis album, but it's both entertaining and an intriguing look at the final stages of his all-acoustic sound. It would only be a couple of years before electric instruments began working their way into Miles' sound, provoking his fusion phase, but despite retaining traditional instrumentation Davis creates a complex and intriguing work which rewards repeated, careful listens. Not on the top tier of his work, but an important foundation for what followed.
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