Miles Davis: Four




Miles Davis (trumpet)


The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel 1965 (Columbia Legacy 66955)

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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: live at The Plugged Nickel, Chicago, IL, December 22-23, 1965


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

If there's one rhythm section that can rival the influence of the Classic Coltrane Quartet, it is Miles Davis's Second Quintet performing during the same time period and offering a sound that is equally inventive yet poles apart yet. In contrast to the raw power of McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams provided Miles with only the highest level of innate musical ability. Hancock took piano comping to new levels of harmonic, and most ingeniously rhythmic sophistication. Carter's perfection compelled listeners to concentrate on the bass (while Miles, Herbie, Wayne and Tony were playing!). And simply put, Tony Williams executed ideas with all four limbs that most only dreamed of. Miles plays with an uncharted freedom on this version of "Four," and it must be in large part because he senses that his rhythm section will support his every (unexpected) move.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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