15 Songs, 58 Minutes

TITLE TIME

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

The Brute ,

One of Miles' Best

After having listened to Miles for the better part of four decades, I have come to the conclusion that "Porgy and Bess" is one of Miles' two greatest recordings, the other, of course, being "Kind of Blue." For anyone wanting an introduction to Miles Davis, you will not go wrong with "Porgy and Bess."

Blankso ,

Wow

Fantastic.

Essentialism ,

A Overwrought Milestone

A milestone, in the continuing collaboration of Miles Davis and Gil Evans. However, the fusion of "classical" composition with jazz is of course nothing new. Duke Ellington, for example, as a master of combining the forms.

However, despite all the accolades, I find most of the Davis/Evans collaborations unlistenable, and probably my least favorite era of Davis' work. The beautiful lyrical passages are all too frequently overwhelmed by bombastic and shrill horn sections crescendi and blasts. The result, like much Romantic-era classical music, sounds like the work of someone rather emotionally unhinged, as you never know whether that someone is going to give you a kiss or sucker-punch you. Bipolar music.

However, if you feel your life is too even and dull, then perhaps this sort of emotional rollercoaster would feel refreshing to you. It just gives me a headache.

More By Miles Davis

You May Also Like