Miles Davis: Frelon Brun (Brown Hornet)


Frelon Brun (Brown Hornet)


Miles Davis (trumpet)


Filles de Kilimanjaro (Columbia Legacy CK 46116)

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Miles Davis (trumpet), Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Chick Corea (electric and acoustic pianos), Dave Holland (bass), Tony Williams (drums).

Composed by Miles Davis


Recorded: New York, September 1968


Rating: 99/100 (learn more)

The simple structure of "Frelon Brun" is largely constructed around two minor chords that become undefined extensions once Chick Corea takes control of them. His science is barely comprehensible, as even he was likely unaware of what form the music would take and what description would be appropriate for it once the finish line was reached. Nonlinear horizons make any accurate description of the theory that went into the performance impossible. For the most part, this particular form of artistry had not been tried before, as the ensemble attempts to break down any preconceived notion of what music is. If you know what chord is formed by depressing every single key on the piano within a certain octave simultaneously, you're the genius, because these chaotic improvisations are fully intended for flight, and even though faint links exist between this and the psychedelic rock then in vogue, the players are comfortable in uncharted territory. A jumbled yet joyous jam, the fact that this was, in any way, comparable to the mainstream, as defined by the recording industry, is amazing, because it is nowhere near the middle of the road.

Reviewer: Marcus Singletary


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