Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Miles Davis - Live Around The World (1996)

This CD gives you a definitive look at Miles Davis' live shows from the last three years of his life. Many of Miles' fans dismissed his later work, but I feel those critics are too focused on his playing and not looking at how he was approaching music, the sound of his band, the arrangements, the instrumentation. As always, Miles was pushing things forward. He didn't care what you thought about his music, anyway. Funky, poignant, swinging, haunting, groovy and remarkable.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks: The first two tracks, In A Silent Way and Intruder, are segued seamlessly with funky effect. A great way to start the CD. To me, the highlight of the disc is the 13 minute take on Human Nature with an incredible tenor solo by Kenny Garrett. Miles knew it was incredible, too. Miles rarely spoke at a concert, but after Human Nature, you can hear him ribbing Kenny, saying, "That wasn't nuthin', man. I do that every night." Also good are Amandla and Tutu. I don't care for Time After Time but that's mainly because I'm not a Cyndi Lauper fan and I don't think it's a well-written song. That 10 minute track normally gets skipped. The final track, Hannibal, is taken from Davis' last performance. Even though the date and location aren't listed in the liner notes, author George Cole claims that the date was August 25, 1991 and the location was The Hollywood Bowl.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I saw Miles in Dallas on June 10, 1990, around the time of these recordings. I wish I had known enough to understand everything that was going on at that show.

Previously revisited for the blog:
Panthalassa: The Remixes (1999)

This Is Jazz, Vol. 8: Miles Davis Acoustic (1996)
Music from Siesta (1987)
Milestones (1958)

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