Zav, These 6 albums were mainstays in my dad's rotation. Listening to Jazz at such an early age (I am 51), allowed me to open my mind to what music can be. It allowed me to be open to music, especially FRANK ZAPPA, while others my age were being raised on commercial radio... Thanks for the reminder... CS -- "The MILES DAVIS QUINTET 1965-'68 (6CD box set) showcases some stunning jazz that is just beginning to show rock influences creeping in. Some of the original albums represented are E.S.P., MILES SMILES, SORCERER, NEFERTITI, MILES IN THE SKY, and FILLES DE KILIMANJARO. If you want to sample only one album from this period, I would recommend MILES IN THE SKY."
On Sun, Aug 7, 2011 at 9:30 AM, zav_sto <zav_...@yahoo.ca> wrote: > ** > > > I really enjoy Zappa's jazz-rock music, especially HOT RATS (1969). I > always used to read rave reviews about Miles Davis' jazz-rock album BITCHES > BREW (1970), and once in a while IN A SILENT WAY (1969) was mentioned. I > have never found much to like in either of these two albums, so I figured if > these were "the best" Miles had to offer from the period when he switched to > electric instruments, I decided to concentrate instead on his recordings > with John Coltrane prior to 1956. > > Years later I still don't like BITCHES BREW and IN A SILENT WAY very much, > but I recently discovered that Miles' music before and after BITCHES BREW > blows that album out of the water (I don't know what the critics were > thinking rating BITCHES BREW so highly). > > The MILES DAVIS QUINTET 1965-'68 (6CD box set) showcases some stunning jazz > that is just beginning to show rock influences creeping in. Some of the > original albums represented are E.S.P., MILES SMILES, SORCERER, NEFERTITI, > MILES IN THE SKY, and FILLES DE KILIMANJARO. If you want to sample only one > album from this period, I would recommend MILES IN THE SKY. > > After BITCHES BREW some great early fusion appears on THE COMPLETE JACK > JOHNSON SESSIONS (5CD box set). The music was edited and spliced to create > the albums of the day, something that Zappa had been doing for years, but it > was entirely new for a jazz artist to be doing this at the time. Be > forewarned; this box set has many alternate takes that are similar. > > The closest thing to HOT RATS from Miles Davis is maybe THE CELLAR DOOR > SESSIONS (6CD box set). Each of the 6 discs is a different live set from > across 4 days in December 1970. There is some overlap in the music, but if > you listen to only one set at a time it is mind-blowing. > > There's a good interactive Davis discography at > http://rateyourmusic.com/artist/miles_davis > if anyone is interested. The fan reviews there are the reason I started > checking out these box sets in the first place, after writing off BITCHES > BREW years ago. > > -Bri > > >