What does it sound like?:
I’m slowly working my way through Miles Davis’ recording career in a haphazard fashion, jumping back and forth and just following my nose.
This LP dates from 1970, and is the result of Davis’ usual working practice by that time, jamming for hours in the studio and allowing producer Macero Parker free reign to edit down the results to two sides of vinyl.
It’s much, MUCH looser and rawer than the lush sound of the preceding, more well known LPs, In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew. Probably due to the fact that he’s ditched the triple Fender Rhodes piano attack and the principle sound is just guitar, bass and drums, with the occasional trumpet skronk over the top. There’s a little Herbie Hancock organ solo in there, but apparently that was just the result of Herbie wandering into the studio halfway through a jam and having a little noodle.
The drums are rock drums, Billy Cobham I believe. The guitar by John McLaughlin is shockingly raw – the hoary old anecdote goes that Davis asked him to play guitar as if he’d never played before, so he sounds like Pete Townsend.
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