マイルス・デイヴィス

Miles Davis

"アガルタ"
(国内盤 / 国内盤 - LP Sleeve Replica / US import)

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Miles Davis

http://www.milesdavis.com/

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Previous works

Miles Davis

"Kind of Blue"
(国内盤 / US import / US import - SACD)

Miles Davis

"'Round About Midnight"
(国内盤 / 国内盤 - LP Sleeve Replica / US import / US import - Legacy Edition)

Miles Davis

"Milestones"
(国内盤US import / UK import)

Miles Davis

"Bitches Brew "
(国内盤 / US import)

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buttonCD review : Agharta : (07/06/05) : review by jay



      For people who have a spark of curiosity about the legendary music of Miles Davis, knowing where to begin the search can be a frustrating issue. With a back Catalogue as vast as a small continent, figuring out where to start and where to go can be tricky, especially considering the many phases of Miles' long and adventurous career. He spawned many followers and imitators and made many enemies along the way. A larger than life figure who would dominate the jazz scene for decades and whose music still holds power and brilliance even to this day.

      Personally, I have been such a big John Coltrane fan for so many years, that I somehow blindly overlooked Miles Davis' recorded output for a long time. It's just been in the past 6 years or so that I have gotten the opportunity to dig into Miles' absolutely stunning and quite frankly, overwhelming music. Whereas Coltrane was the master of melody, Miles is the master of the mood. A true genius whose musical impact and influence is felt just as strong today than it was when he was alive.

      Funk is a musical genre that I do not possess a keen interest in; and since I was under the impression that Miles Davis abandoned jazz for a funky sound for his controversial electric 70's period; I was in no big hurry to dip my toe into these waters. I took a chance with Agharta because a friend of mine who knew I liked jazz and had an open ear for avant garde music, recommended it to me. The first thing that caught me off guard was the cover. A weird looking collage type of piece with two women who appear to be in a Hawaiian jungle paradise are looking over a city at sundown. But instead of a sun, there's the words "Agharta -Miles Davis." On the flip side, there's a similar scene, but instead of a jungle with women, there's an undersea theme going on. with batches of coral and seaweed overlooking the city. There's a jellyfish floating past a diver in the sky and a few fish drifting out of the corner. In the distance, a spaceship is hovering on a beam of light. Wow. Based on the cover art alone, this album is either going to be so bad it's good, or something that I just cannot anticipate. Well, quite frankly, I just had no idea what I was getting myself into.

      Before I heard this album, I had no conception that music like this ever existed. It's like a savage snarling primal beast who has dipped his entire body in some kind of hallucinegenic potion and is dealing out tarot cards while ringing up the devil on a direct line. Seriously, some of this music on Agharta is so intense that it is frightening. It's beyond the ideas layed out in Bitches Brew and it's certainly nowhere near the funk of James Brown or Funkadelic. It's like the party in funk music has been overshadowed by a dark strange force that has got your ears in a stranglehold. That dark force is Miles Davis.

      His direction in music on this night in Osaka, Japan on February 1st, 1975 is dirty and hungry and just doesn't give a damn what you think! The drums flow like a river of blood and only stop to let the organ make a few stabs into the air, the it's back to the onslaught. When it's time for their solo the guitars creep up like distant radio waves transmitted from an outer space swamp. The bass slides around and stalks you like a panther, and the trumpet seems to scream and pitch out a fierce cry that rallies the troops to continue. When you've finally gotten to the last 20 minutes of Agharta, you find yourself floating restlessly in that undersea world pictured on the back cover. You've somehow survived the night, but you'll never be the same again.


reviewed by jay


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