7 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Recorded and released in 1965, this was the first album by Davis’ second classic quintet, with saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams. The last four years found the bandleader in transition from the modal work of Kind of Blue to a new thing, and the demarcation that things would now be different is quite clear here. Still a teenager, Williams lit a fire (check out “Agitation”) under the trumpeter like no drummer since Philly Joe Jones, and his willingness to do anything at anytime demanded that this crew stay on their toes or get left in his dust. This also marks the arrival of a deluge of new songs from all involved in the next three years; three here come from Carter, two from Shorter, and one each from Davis and Hancock. Standouts include the hard-charging “E.S.P.” (with its odd-metered head foreshadowing the innovations to come) and “Eighty-One,” which is anchored by a classic Carter groove and Hancock's aggressive chords. Davis still had a way with a ballad, serving up the beautiful “Little One” and an elegant riff called “Mood.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Recorded and released in 1965, this was the first album by Davis’ second classic quintet, with saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams. The last four years found the bandleader in transition from the modal work of Kind of Blue to a new thing, and the demarcation that things would now be different is quite clear here. Still a teenager, Williams lit a fire (check out “Agitation”) under the trumpeter like no drummer since Philly Joe Jones, and his willingness to do anything at anytime demanded that this crew stay on their toes or get left in his dust. This also marks the arrival of a deluge of new songs from all involved in the next three years; three here come from Carter, two from Shorter, and one each from Davis and Hancock. Standouts include the hard-charging “E.S.P.” (with its odd-metered head foreshadowing the innovations to come) and “Eighty-One,” which is anchored by a classic Carter groove and Hancock's aggressive chords. Davis still had a way with a ballad, serving up the beautiful “Little One” and an elegant riff called “Mood.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

CoolFreeHardBop3 ,

50 stars for the record, but...

This is miscategorized as a "sextet" ? In fact, the iTunes library of Miles' music is getting weird. Reviews are deleted, records come in and out, etc. Can we get this fixed please?

RdoNbdy ,

The 2nd Great Miles Quintet!

Herbie Hancock , Wayne Shorter , Ron Carter , and Tony Davis would outlast any of Miles' groups and this was the first studio recording with the quintet.
On top of being the most groundbreaking jazz musician in history...Miles Davis will always be remembered for the amazing artwork/album covers that accompanied every album.
E.S.P. was no acception. This cover photo was shot during a candid moment between Miles and his then wife Francis Bean. She is featured on several of his album covers.
Photographer Bob Cato is responsible for this brilliant cover art.

kevykev12 ,

E.S.P. -meaning I know you will love it!

This group made so many great albums, it's hard to pick out what's best. If you are looking for a taste of this album, I would strongly recommend either the title cut, or "Eighthy-one"

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