Miles Davis Poll: Early 60s Transitional Years

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The transitional years between the sextet and the 2nd great quintet. Leaving off Sketches since that would probably win in a landslide.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Someday My Prince Will Come (1961) 6
Seven Steps to Heaven (1963) 6
Quiet Nights (1963) 1


Mark, Monday, 8 March 2010 05:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

Really my favorite thing from this era is the Live at the Blackhawk set

pithfork (Hurting 2), Monday, 8 March 2010 14:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

The Blackhawk live stuff is pretty strong, but Seven Steps is killer.

neither good nor bad, just a kid like you (unperson), Monday, 8 March 2010 14:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

Haven't heard any of these three actually. I'm not even that familiar with Sketches of Spain. Does he have the richest back catalogue out of anyone in the last 50-60 years?

Davek (davek_00), Monday, 8 March 2010 18:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

Nah I'd stick with Blackhawk even over Seven Steps. Think the band sounds a little bit undercooked on that one. I like the overall seasonedness/cohesiveness of the Blackhawk band combined with the tension of bout-to-fire-your-asses

pithfork (Hurting 2), Monday, 8 March 2010 23:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

"Someday My Prince" will come. His last really good album until "Tutu".

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Tuesday, 9 March 2010 02:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

Oh man

Mark, Tuesday, 9 March 2010 02:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

lol we have a winner

tylerw, Tuesday, 9 March 2010 03:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

loool

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 9 March 2010 03:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

you gotta have deep admiration/respeck for a guy who can put the real talk out there like that. <3

tylerw, Tuesday, 9 March 2010 03:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

Is there a box set that compiles the Live in Tokyo/My Funny Valentine live stuff from this era?

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 9 March 2010 03:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

Cause I see these albums everywhere for $8 but I insist upon taking them all simultaneously

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 9 March 2010 03:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

i think it's all on Seven Steps (the box set), right?

tylerw, Tuesday, 9 March 2010 03:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

oh is that what seven steps is damn lol

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 9 March 2010 03:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah, it's mostly the live stuff -- up til Shorter joins the band, I think

tylerw, Tuesday, 9 March 2010 03:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

Well, the album proper is studio right, I wanted to include just the studio LPs here so we're comparing apples to apples.

Mark, Tuesday, 9 March 2010 03:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah Seven Steps To Heaven is a studio record -- the Seven Steps box set has all the live stuff.

tylerw, Tuesday, 9 March 2010 03:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

That is the one here I haven't heard and it sounds like it may be best.

Mark, Tuesday, 9 March 2010 03:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

Wow @ Geir. I think that was the most challenging opinion ever, except that it was probably totally sincere.

pithfork (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 9 March 2010 03:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

I picked Someday My Prince Will Come

pithfork (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 9 March 2010 03:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

"Someday My Prince" will come. His last really good album until "Tutu".

haha - good old geir...no thread's complete without a deliberately contrary geir opinion!

'someday' is one of the first miles records i ever bought so i have a sentimental connection to this one.

sknybrg, Tuesday, 9 March 2010 05:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

i vote prince just cause i love how jazz cats take these totally gay broadway/disney tunes and turn them into something that's actually really great to listen to, and "someday my prince will come" is a prime example of that.

messiahwannabe, Tuesday, 9 March 2010 10:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

Seven Steps to Heaven and Joshua are really amazing tunes. Weird to think Victor Feldman turned down joining Miles Davis group on piano and later on did percussion work for Steely Dan. Small town. Jazz is like that though, as who knows how things go if Hancock doesn't end up in Miles group.

earlnash, Tuesday, 9 March 2010 23:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 15 March 2010 00:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

I was a BIG fan of The Complete Concert -- My Funny Valentine/Four & More. The version of MFV is the bee's knees -- especially that bent note Miles puts on in the intro. Plus, George Coleman acquits himself rather well.

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 15 March 2010 03:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

I think George Coleman had a bad situation, not many can fall into a group inbetween John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter and not seem like a step back. Four & More is a fine record. The version of So What on that record really grooves.

earlnash, Monday, 15 March 2010 03:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

george coleman is great!

tylerw, Monday, 15 March 2010 03:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 00:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

Don't know any of these except Quiet Nights which would appear to be the worst, so I need to catch up: currently obsessed with the second quintet, so I need to see how he got there.

sonofstan, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 18:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

I think George Coleman had a bad situation, not many can fall into a group inbetween John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter and not seem like a step back. Four & More is a fine record. The version of So What on that record really grooves.

I love the bit in Miles' autobiography about Miles walking offstage after his solo and Tony saying to him, "Take George with you." And George playing "out" one night to fuck with Tony's head.

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 19:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

There was also something about the recording of Four & More/My Funny Valentine in that the intensity of the music was also tied that band was pissed as they got to the gig and found out they were not going to get paid as it was a benefit.

earlnash, Wednesday, 17 March 2010 02:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

I just listened closely to Seven Steps for the first time last night. (I'm mostly a '67-'75 and live '80s guy.) Damn, that is some flat-out gorgeous music. I think that to me, that's his /prettiest/ album ever. (of the ones I've heard, that is, but I've heard most of them).

FunkyTonk, Saturday, 22 December 2012 06:54 (1 year ago) Permalink


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