Miles Davis: There is No Greater Love
There Is No Greater Love
Miles Davis (trumpet)
The New Miles Davis Quintet (OJCCD-006-2)
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