Miles Davis: One and One


One and One


Miles Davis (trumpet)


On the Corner (Columbia CK67909 )

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Miles Davis (trumpet), Herbie Hancock (electric piano), Badal Roy (tabla), Billy Hart (drums), Jack DeJohnette (drums),

Harold Ivery Williams (keyboards), Carlos Garnett (soprano sax), David Kreamen (guitar), Mike Henderson (electric bass),


Composed by Miles Davis


Recorded: June 6th, 1972


Rating: 86/100 (learn more)

Sometimes it's hard to judge the music of Miles Davis after Bitches Brew. On one hand, Davis pioneered the electric sound and passed the torch on to dozens of other musicians but on the other hand, how many eight minute funk jams can be crammed onto one LP? I often take this approach when trying to dissect the music found within On the Corner. I really like the Indian influence of Badal Roy but much of the music gets stale because there's not as much exploration as there was on Bitches Brew and In a Silent Way . Explorations aside, I think Miles had simply fallen to far into drugs by this time to truly keep pushing the musical envelope like he had decades before.

I definitely like the groove on this song and particularly dig the playing of Carlos Garnett but maybe Davis should have looked in the mirror before recording On the Corner and he might have found that his formula had become redundant. I'll always vouch for Miles and his electric music and if you liked the stuff from 1969 and 1970, give this is a listen. It's still interesting regardless.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley


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