Saturday, August 9, 2008

Miles Davis - On The Corner

You HAVE to respect Miles Davis' gangster. He covered so much ground musically, it's nearly unheard of in the modern era. Really, and I said this on the last Charles Mingus post, these jazz albums are the precursor to the free-form psych/drone albums that are so hot right now. This album, specifically, is what I'd call Vietnam Jazz. So poignant, that it places the listener in the bunkers, bombs shrapnel-ing around you, the smell of dust and sweat, the bustle of making it to the next out-post, tall trees flailing in the jet-stream of military planes overhead. Acute bongos, sharp electric guitar, and riveting horn hits subtly shatter the listeners notion of what jazz is -- which is quite why On The Corner was frowned upon after it's initial release, and smiled upon in retrospect.

Download: Mediafire

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this. I'm a big fan of In A Silent Way, and this looks really interesting. The cover art is rather unfortunate though, heh.

Alon said...

I've never heard anything like this. It's absolutely amazing. Thank you very much.

shilzzzzzzz said...

anon - i love the album art. i think it sums up that period of his career. definitely different.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, after listening to the album, I have to agree with you. it does suit the craziness of the piece. Now if this were the cover of In A Silent Way or Kind of Blue, then it would just be horrible haha. I guess it comes back to what you said in your post about how varied his albums are stylistically. The album's great, by the way, thanks again.

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Despite the horrid cover ... this album is incredible, another master piece from Miles Davis.