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Black Beauty: Live at Fillmore West (1970)
Miles Davis

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Name:  David Díaz Soto
Rating:  5 / 5
Comments:  This is Miles in his fundational, very earliest "electric" period. Originally released only in Japan, this was recorded live in the renowned concert venue on the title, about the same time as "Bitches Brew". Some of the material of this and "In a silent Way" is covered alongside bits of stuff from the last great Miles' acoustic quintet. An incredible, steaming mix of post-freebop rythms/forms, funk overtones and rock timbres and intensity, I consider this to be Miles' electric masterwork (even more than the other two records quoted above). With personnel featuring the likes of DeJohnette, Dave Holland (here on electric bass), Airto Moreira and Steve Grossman (replacing the recently departed W. Shorther), it's no surprise. Miles favors here a thoroughly "avant", overtly electric, expresionistic and agressive aesthetic (man, do they sound noisy and LOUD!). Finally, on the Fender-Rhodes front, special honour mention should be made of the genial work of a frenzied Chick Corea (on electric piano here), displaying amazing control of polychordal harmony, convoluted, aggressive soloing (no need for a guitar player, sure!), and a thorough exploration of unusual, maverick, over-the-top, distorted sonorities of the instrument by means of his now infamous use of it via effect boxes (ring-modulation, echoplex, wah-wah), which is throughout all the concert a strong presence, completely ostensible and in no way obscured. While every other of Miles' late 1960 live records wihch feature "Fillmore" on title are of greatest interest on Fender-Rhodes (and purely musical) accounts, this makes of this recording an essential reference for just every rhodesmaniac (or jazz-rock fan) out there. Who would have told it, after the 80's and 90's decades, during which every keyboard player was supposed to sound "clean", submit himself to an aesthetics of digital polish, and remain at background with polite discretion?. Pretty essential!!

Name:  Robocop
Rating:  5 / 5
Comments:  Very electric , very freaky.
Fasten your seatbelts.

Name:  mermet
Rating:  4 / 5