Miles Davis in the 70s
Miles Davis had been releasing live records like mad, and a bunch of studio tracks had piled up, resulting in this double LP. Many of these tunes had already appeared on concert LPs (“Calypso Frelimo”), but there’s some fresh stuff like “Red China Blues” (the sole product of a March 1972 session with Bernard Purdie and Cornell Dupree) and the half-hour Ellington tribute “He Loved Him Madly”. The very dark, sad, minimalist track showcases Miles’ deep pain in terms of Ellington’s death. At points, the music sounds like it is going to stop, but Miles, mainly on the keyboards (an increasingly common Miles trait in this period), keeps this melancholic gem going to its completion- arguably one of the most touching tracks in the Miles Canon. “Calypso Frelimo” is a freak out with vamps taking aim at Debussy’s Clair de Lune.
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