What does it sound like?:
I’m certainly no expert on the music of Miles Davis, owning only a couple of the more obvious albums. Thus most of the music on here, although previously available, is new to me.
As the title suggests, the overall concept is to collect some of Davis’ music that has been used as part of film soundtracks, these covering one or two individual songs right the way through to the opposite end of the scale with a full score. They also cover almost a fifty year period, starting with his first cinematic effort, the full soundtrack to 1956’s Elevator To The Gallows, right through to more recent times with music used in 2012’s Gilda and Rosa. As to the music itself – well maybe I’m not the best judge, but overall it is pretty much what I expected, beautiful but often innovative too. Ones that stand out from the crowd for me are Blue In Green from the aforementioned Gilda and Rosa, and Nature Boy from 1999’s The Talented Mr Ripley.
What does it all *mean*?
A good collection overall, but I feel some of these pieces may have worked better in the context of the films from which they came, rather than as discrete pieces of music – at times they feel a little lost without the images they were meant to complement.
Goes well with…
A laid back evening with this playing gently in the background.
Might suit people who like…
Jazz in general, Miles in particular.