Miles Davis: Tout De Suite


Tout De Suite


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: 98/100 (learn more)

A dark, soulful fugue initially sustains the musicians as the word "suite" in the title telegraphs the song form. Consisting of several different parts, a haunting head leads into a throbbing midsection where deliberate attempts to avoid any semblance of stereotypical propriety are employed. Tony Williams helps the track find its stride, while the soloists refuse to play many notes within a minimum of two steps of the root. Their metrics are wide ranging, and the advanced, adventurous musical concept is difficult to grasp. The many aural shifts seem devised on a dime, and, as the silky smooth plateau quickens, Miles and Wayne Shorter are able to ascend the scalar heights while communicating a drove of emotions. "Tout de Suite" proves this band was willing to allow the music to lead them into any given direction, and, while it must have been an exciting work environment to participate in and witness, it is beyond engaging for those of us who were not in the room when the track was laid down. The introduction reprises at the end and bookends the improvisations, but the faster solo section follows and provides an unexpected yet worthy coda.

Reviewer: Marcus Singletary


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