Miles Davis: Petits Machins (Little Stuff)


Petits Machins (Little Stuff)


Miles Davis (trumpet)


Filles de Kilimanjaro (Columbia Legacy CK 46116)

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

Composed by Miles Davis


Recorded: New York, June 1968


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

True to the general concept of Filles de Kilimanjaro, a mosaic of controlled chaos becomes the defining sound of "Little Stuff." The track militarily commences, and, even though there is enough structure for the composition to sit on staves, precise charts of these solos would prove a heavy task for anyone to create. Chord changes are loosely defined as an expanding balloon unleashed by the musicians at will. The expansive deconstruction may seem strange when compared to pop music, but it is probably not so odd to the revisionists of jazz. Although Miles and Ron Carter, at times, do concurrently play root notes, the fact that these musicians mostly follow each other instinctively into such undefined territory is jolting. Absent of any form of actual standardization, these rare glimpses into the thought processes of geniuses validates their singular language as impossible to replicate in any way that would do this original recording justice. Though relatively brief, this track is the highlight of the album, and its significance to jazz remains tantamount. Through it, an apex of creativity in Miles's career was reached, and the track also shows why each musician here is considered an A-list innovator.

Reviewer: Marcus Singletary


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