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This is the one jazz record owned by people who don't listen to jazz, and with good reason. The band itself is extraordinary (proof of Miles Davis's masterful casting skills, if not of God's existence), listingJohn ColtraneandJulian "Cannonball" Adderleyon saxophones,Bill Evans(or, on "Freddie Freeloader," Wynton Kelly) on piano, and the crack rhythm unit of Paul Chambers on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums. Coltrane's astringency on tenor is counterpoised to Adderley's funky self on alto, with Davis moderating between them as Bill Evans conjures up a still lake of sound on which they walk. Meanwhile, the rhythm partnership of Cobb and Chambers is prepared to click off time until eternity. It was the key recording of what became modal jazz, a music free of the fixed harmonies and forms of pop songs. In Davis's men's hands it was a weightless music, but one that refused to fade into the background. In retrospect every note seems perfect, and each piece moves inexorably towards its destiny.--John Szwed
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Label:  Sony
ArtistMiles Davis
Release Date:  March 25, 1997
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review by . December 29, 2006
I can not say I know anything about Jazz music, although I always loved it due to my parents passion for it, hence I decided to erase my ignorance and start to educate myself about it. So I hinted on this album during the holiday season and ended up getting this as part of my Christmas gift from my father. I wanted this album due to Miles Davis name only. And I was spellbound by it; it's really a breathtaking peace of music. On one hand I was delighted and on the other hand I was upset!! Delighted …
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It is a true joy to listen to Miles Davis and his cohorts blend their instruments in wonderful harmony. The color and tone that Miles, Bill, John, etc. each bring is quite refreshing and relaxing. Flamenco Sketches is especially strong in that respect as Miles emphasizes each note of his passionate solos. Whereas I do not love this CD to death at this point, I can certainly appreciate the beauty on how these masterful musicians feed off each other. And the calming tones surely do create a mood. …
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