Saturday, August 9, 2008
Miles Davis - On The Corner
You HAVE to respect Miles Davis' gangster. He covered so much ground musically, it's nearly unheard of in the modern era. Really, and I said this on the last Charles Mingus post, these jazz albums are the precursor to the free-form psych/drone albums that are so hot right now. This album, specifically, is what I'd call Vietnam Jazz. So poignant, that it places the listener in the bunkers, bombs shrapnel-ing around you, the smell of dust and sweat, the bustle of making it to the next out-post, tall trees flailing in the jet-stream of military planes overhead. Acute bongos, sharp electric guitar, and riveting horn hits subtly shatter the listeners notion of what jazz is -- which is quite why On The Corner was frowned upon after it's initial release, and smiled upon in retrospect.