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In Reply to: RE: Agree - "moody" isn't enough to make Miles a great trumpeter posted by andy evans on June 21, 2017 at 02:04:28
He is among the great trumpet players (no need to split hairs over who is the greatest) but his vision took Jazz to new places and brought about changes that helped the genre evolve into what is now considered mainstream. Read up on his many ground breaking accomplishments and you just might "get" what it's all about!
"Read up on his many ground breaking accomplishments and you just might "get" what it's all about!..."
I don't need to read anything - I've been playing jazz professionally for 45 years! I have most of Miles' LPs. I still listen to the odd track - from Seven Steps to Heaven mostly. But I don't agree with the received opinion, and I think Kind of Blue is far from his best work. Very over-hyped. His band with Herbie, Tony Williams, Ron Carter and George Coleman was the best stuff for me. That was special, but mainly for the rhythm section.
MD gave us a tone or certain "sound" in his playing and presentation.
MD gave us music lovers "Kind of Blue". This is the most important Jazz album. MD was a superstar going into the recording sessions for KOB.
Afterwards, he became a mega-star. He hired nothing but the best for that album, including an unknown Bill Evans. For the uninitiated, start here and work your way back to 1954. Everything about MD will be revealed.
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