Miles Davis: Country Son


Country Son


Miles Davis (trumpet)


Miles in the Sky (Columbia)

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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, January 16th, May 15th-17th, 1968


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Opening up with a slow but rewarding introduction, Miles Davis sounds like 1950s Miles Davis on this track. At first listen the tune sounds slow but then Williams, Carter and Hancock start playing a little funk groove with heavy drum rumbles and striking piano harmonies. Many of the songs off of this album point in the direction that Davis wanted to go in with his electric period but I still love to hear him swing. After two minutes into the song, the rhythm section begins to swing behind Davis, which they often did behind his playing and he accelerates swiftly. The warmness exhibited in Davis's tone is highly evident on this song and this is the reason I fell in love with his playing in the first place.

As Wayne Shorter begins his solo the band starts to open some moving into more free areas of improvisation but they return to the original funky form when Hancock plays a solid, blues inspired solo. This is a quality track from one of Davis's strongest bands. Highly recommended.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley


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