Miles Davis: There is No Greater Love


There Is No Greater Love


Miles Davis (trumpet)


The New Miles Davis Quintet (OJCCD-006-2)

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Miles Davis (trumpet), Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums).

Composed by Isham Jones & Marty Symes


Recorded: Hackensack, NJ, November 16, 1955


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

In 1955, Miles Davis made the Harmon-muted trumpet his signature. Too bad a sound cannot be patented the way John Stratton (inventor of the mute in 1865) did his brainchild. Miles would've made a mint. Of course, Miles made a mint anyway, so let's not get softhearted. As for reconciling Miles's Harmon-muted romanticism with his misogyny and pugnacious persona, a phalanx of psychoanalysts commanded by Doktor Freud himself would shrink away with their diplomas between their legs. Miles's 1969-1971 pianist Keith Jarrett asked him why didn't play more ballads such as "There Is No Greater Love." Miles replied, "Because I love them too much." So do we.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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