Review by JW July 29, 2003 (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
|Another JSACD of great quality. If you're not in Japan the only (expensive) way is importing these but I can tell you it's worth it, both sonically and for the music. You cannot believe this is an 45 year old recording. This is an acoustic, classic jazz album and the one and only time Miles Davis recorded with his original sextet; Julian "Cannonball" Adderly (asax), John Coltrane (tsax), Red Garland (p), "Philly" Joe Jones (dr) and Paul Chambers (b). Wow, what a line up!
The overall feeling of this album is uptempo blues/be-bop. "Milestones" is credited with introducing modal music into Jazz. In "modality" there is freedom to emphasize various degrees of a scale, and also to mix octaves or modes. The musicians can play on various degrees of a scale (or mode), using whatever emphasis they deem appropriate at the time.
On "Milestones" this is easily audible in the solo's that explore the various scales and parts of scales throughout the tracks. It can make for some chaotic tunes, but not so on this album where it sometimes can get a bit hectic but the band never looses track of rhythmn, swing and melody. If you want to know what I mean have a listen to 'Straight, No Chaser' where the piano of Red Garland plays a more traditional role compared to his bandmates. But it is by no means the only example.
This JSACD contains the following tracks:
1. Dr. Jackle (Mclean) - 5:45
2. Sid's Ahead (Davis) - 12:59
3. Two Bass Hit (Gillespie/Lewis) - 5:10
4. Milestones (Davis) - 5:42
5. Billy Boy (Traditional) - 7:10
6. Straight, No Chaser (Monk) - 10:34
7. Two Bass Hit [alternate take/*] (Gillespie/Lewis) - 4:29
8. Milestones [alternate take/*] (Davis) - 5:59
9. Straight, No Chaser [alternate take/*] (Monk) - 10:26
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