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Miles Smiles

Miles Smiles

by Miles Davis Quintet Miles Davis Quintet
Miles Smiles

Miles Smiles

by Miles Davis Quintet Miles Davis Quintet


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Miles Davis in later years freely admitted his modus operandi in organizing his influential '60s Quintet (Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams): he hired a bunch of young thoroughbreds, jumped on their backs and rode. This '66 release is the finest of their six studio albums, long forays on six tunes -- half, including the landmark "Footprints," by Wayne Shorter -- showcasing the logical development of modal playing. The music is still demanding and it still irks those Miles Davis fans who became irritated at the increasingly abstract sound -- the chord changes were gone and Miles' own playing was getting more abrasive. More than 30 years after its release, young jazz musicians still sit in rooms dissecting the Silly Putty elasticity of the rhythm section, the long, lean solos of Shorter, Hancock and Davis, the songs that this album made standards (Eddie Harris' "Freedom Jazz Dance" and Jimmy Heath's "Gingerbread Boy"), and scratch their heads in awe.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/01/1994
Label: Columbia/Legacy Euro
UPC: 5099706568223
catalogNumber: CK65682
Rank: 41638


  1. Orbits
  2. Circle
  3. Footprints
  4. Dolores
  5. Freedom Jazz Dance
  6. Gingerbread Boy

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miles Davis Quintet   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Ron Carter   Bass
Miles Davis   Trumpet
Herbie Hancock   Piano
Wayne Shorter   Tenor Saxophone
Tony Williams   Drums

Technical Credits

Bob Belden   Producer,Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Chris Albertson   Liner Notes
Michael Cuscuna   Producer,Reissue Producer
Frank Laico   Engineer
Teo Macero   Producer,Audio Production
Vernon Smith   Cover Photo
Mark Wilder   Engineer,Remixing
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Randall Martin   Reissue Design
Nicholas Bennett   Packaging Manager
Anthony Tuttle   Liner Notes

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