Miles Davis: Paraphernalia




Miles Davis (trumpet)


Miles in the Sky (Columbia)

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

Composed by Wayne Shorter


Recorded: New York, January 16th, May 15th-17th, 1968


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Here we go, here we go. The album Miles in the Sky was one of the last Davis albums to use an acoustic line-up. Except for the track "Stuff," on which Ron Carter plays electric bass and Herbie Hancock plays electric piano, this album is chalked full of superior swing and excellent solos. The classic quintet is joined on this song by guitar virtuoso George Benson. Unfortunately this is his lone appearance on the album but he does a nice job. Although he doesn't show why he went on to become the pop, powerhouse superstar of the late 1970s and 1980s, he still plays a nice little solo. Tony Williams also contributes a precise drum beat, accenting wonderfully behind both Davis and Shorter. Shorter's fingerprints are all over the melody and harmonic form of this song, employing dark overtones and a relatively open form, which give the soloists more room to explore the music.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley


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