- Freedom Jazz Dance
- Gingerbread Boy
Miles Davis in later years freely admitted his modus operandi in organizing his influential '60s Quintet (Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams): he hired a bunch of young thoroughbreds, jumped on their backs and rode. This '66 release is the finest of their six studio albums, long forays on six tunes -- half, including the landmark "Footprints," by Wayne Shorter -- showcasing the logical development of modal playing. The music is still demanding and it still irks those Miles Davis fans who became irritated at the increasingly abstract sound -- the chord changes were gone and Miles' own playing was getting more abrasive. More than 30 years after its release, young jazz musicians still sit in rooms dissecting the Silly Putty elasticity of the rhythm section, the long, lean solos of Shorter, Hancock and Davis, the songs that this album made standards (Eddie Harris' "Freedom Jazz Dance" and Jimmy Heath's "Gingerbread Boy"), and scratch their heads in awe.
Performance CreditsMiles Davis Quintet Primary Artist,Track Performer
Ron Carter Bass
Miles Davis Trumpet
Herbie Hancock Piano
Wayne Shorter Tenor Saxophone
Tony Williams Drums
Technical CreditsBob Belden Producer,Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Chris Albertson Liner Notes
Michael Cuscuna Producer,Reissue Producer
Frank Laico Engineer
Teo Macero Producer,Audio Production
Vernon Smith Cover Photo
Mark Wilder Engineer,Remixing
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Randall Martin Reissue Design
Nicholas Bennett Packaging Manager
Anthony Tuttle Liner Notes
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Miles Smiles based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This album never gets old. It is easily my favorite Miles album (Kind of Blue is my favorite Jazz album, though). The music is beautiful, weird, and beautifully weird. The solos are all incredibly shaped and the band is very tight. This is recommended highly, although if you have not dealt with Miles before, especially in this era, it may be a little unpleasant. Once one listens a few times though, it is immediately clear how masterful it is. a must have.