Miles Davis – In a Silent Way (1969)
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Hundreds of artists have a single album on the 1001 list.
Dozens have a pair.
Several have a hat trick.
An elite few have more than a quartet.
And when I think of the artists with exactly 4 albums on the 1001 list, the letter “M” springs to mind.
As in Metallica. As in Morrissey. As in Miles.
But while I enjoy many more than just those four, I can see that there’s a, let’s put a positive spin on this, consistency to his work: if you love/hate one, chances are you’ll feel that way about the rest.
Few would argue that Metallica has no business being on the list. That being said, some might suggest that choosing any one of their albums that features loud &/or fast playing with over-enunciated consonants-SAH would work as a representative sample.
Kind of Blue‘s sparseness could not be further from the supreme density of Bitches Brew.
Birth of the Cool’s toe-tapping tempos have little in common with the subtle grooves of In a Silent Way.
They’re all remarkably different.
So perhaps it’s the differences between his recordings that make Mr. Davis such a remarkable artist.
Finally, I find it curious that the adjective often used to describe Miles is “cool.”
Curious, in that the adjective ‘cool’ should indicate something that would be fleeting, polarizing, and based largely on surface-level appeal.
While I don`t deny his ‘coolness,’ I wouldn’t say that any of those descriptions apply to him.
There’s nothing fleeting about his popularity: his work will be revered for decades to come.
Even those who have less than no interest in jazz can’t help but admire his talent.
And if someone labelled his work as superficial? I’d fear their definition of substantial!
Verbalize the Positive
Happy March Break!
From → 1960s