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Editors’ Notes

Miles Davis’ second great quintet are at the height of their compositional powers on their fourth studio album, bringing a new level of sophistication to the playing throughout. Everything was clicking melodically, rhythmically, and harmonically. The material came individually from saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock, and drummer Tony Williams, but with each band member and the leader reshaping their parts as they saw fit. Of course, both Hancock and Shorter in particular were writing a steady stream of classics during this era, but the brilliant group performance of the title track is a master class led by Tony Williams as he and the band riff off the melody, ostinato style. This band typically took the first finished take. Yet Williams’ “Hand Jive” took three tries—all three are included here, with the brilliant second take being too hot for initial release. Shorter’s “Sweet Pea” is another gem, and Hancock’s “Riot” illustrates the explosive power this band was capable of. Changes were ahead for the quickly evolving quintet—this 1968 effort would turn out to be Davis’ last acoustic-only album.

Customer Reviews


this was miles' last "traditional" jazz album. very moody. the title cut may as well be a clinic on jazz drumming while tony williams shines while davis and shorter play the anchor. "fall" alone is beauttiful enough to make you wanna cry. can't believe im the first to review this record. a must have for the classic davis/shorter/carter/hancock/williams fans.


is one of the greatest works in miles history... its my favorite recording even though that melody haunts my dreams...


A MUST have jazz classic!! Title tune, Pinocchio, and Riot are standards in my book! Pinocchio is kind of like Coltrane's Giant Steps in terms of young musicians from Roy Hargrove on down including it in their library of recorded music. A signature set from Miles second GREAT jazz band!!!! Tony Williams is a BEAST on this set!!!!


Born: May 26, 1926 in Alton, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Throughout a professional career lasting 50 years, Miles Davis played the trumpet in a lyrical, introspective, and melodic style, often employing a stemless Harmon mute to make his sound more personal and intimate. But if his approach to his instrument was constant, his approach to jazz was dazzlingly protean. To examine his career is to examine the history of jazz from the mid-'40s to the early '90s, since he was in the thick of almost every important innovation and stylistic development in the...
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