Miles Davis: Circle




Miles Davis (trumpet)


Miles Smiles (Columbia/Legacy CK 65682)

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Miles Davis (trumpet), Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Tony Williams (drums).

Composed by Miles Davis


Recorded: New York, October 24, 1966


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

It's a long way from Miles's Harmon-ized landmark "There Is No Greater Love" (1955) to the untethered flotation of mid-1960s jazz. In the interim, the reluctant romantic had become an abstract expressionist. Miles's legendary onstage detachment now dominated his art, which grew increasingly remote from recognizable forms. Fans were as befuddled as if Mozart, at the pinnacle of classical mastery, had suddenly started composing atonal music. Yet the stark beauty of "Circle" is as penetrating as the most heartfelt conventional ballad. Symbolically, the Harmon mute connected Miles's past to his ever-changing present, giving his ever-dwindling (for now) fan base something familiar to hold onto.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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