Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Miles Davis - Filles de Kilimanjaro

Since it's billed as "Directions in Music by Miles Davis," it should come as little surprise that Filles de Kilimanjaro is the beginning of a new phase for Miles, the place that he begins to dive headfirst into jazz-rock fusion. It also happens to be the swan song for his second classic quintet, arguably the finest collective of musicians he ever worked with, and what makes this album so fascinating is that it's possible to hear the breaking point — though his quintet all followed him into fusion (three of his supporting players were on In a Silent Way), it's possible to hear them all break with the conventional notions of what constituted even adventurous jazz, turning into something new. According to Miles, the change in "direction" was as much inspired by a desire to return to something earthy and bluesy as it was to find new musical territory, and Filles de Kilimanjaro bears him out. Though the album sports inexplicable, rather ridiculous French song titles, this is music that is unpretentiously adventurous, grounded in driving, mildly funky rhythms and bluesy growls from Miles, graced with weird, colorful flourishes from the band. Where Miles in the Sky meandered a bit, this is considerably more focused, even on the three songs that run over ten minutes, yet it still feels transitional. Not tentative (which In the Sky was), but certainly the music that would spring full bloom on In a Silent Way was still in the gestation phase, and despite the rock-blues-n-funk touches here, the music doesn't fly and search the way that Nefertiti did. But that's not a bad thing — this middle ground between the adventurous bop of the mid-'60s and the fusion of the late '60s is rewarding in its own right, since it's possible to hear great musicians find the foundation of a new form. For that alone, Filles de Kilimanjaro is necessary listening.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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Miles Davis
Filles de Kilimanjaro


1 Frelon Brun (Brown Hornet) (Davis)  5:38
2 Tout de Suite (Davis)  14:05
3 Petits Machins (Little Stuff) (Davis, Evans)  8:07
4 Filles de Kilimanjaro (Davis)  12:02
5 Mademoiselle Mabry (Miss Mabry) (Davis)  16:35
6 Tout de Suite (Davis)  14:37


[# 2, 4 & 6]
Miles Davis - p
Wayne Shorter - ts
Herbie Hancock - p
Ron Carter - b
Tony Williams - dr
[# 1 & 5]
Miles Davis - p
Wayne Shorter - ts
Chick Corea -el. p
Dave Holland - b
Tony Williams - dr

Recorded a Columbia, Studio "B", New York City ; June 21, 1968 [# 4] ; & Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City ; June 19, [# 3] ; June 20 [# 2 & 6] ; & September 24 [# 1 & 5], 1968


Melanchthon said...

Descargador said...

Thank You Melanchthon!!
Pages 4/5 (Booklet) missing...

Saludos desde Argentina!

Melanchthon said...


deGallo said...

Not a big Miles Davis fan but as a collector I'll grab this for historical purposes. Thank you.

ProfessorCalculus said...


AmyBRAINS said...

Yes deGallo, this Miles Davis' work is not one of the best, but I love his sound.
Thanks a lot, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you

Kovina Kris said...

Interesting. Quite curious to hear this. Thank you Mel!

Starchild said...

Many thanks Mel!