Thursday, January 29, 2015

50 Years This Month: 'E.S.P.' - Miles Davis

At about the mid-point of his career, Miles Davis formed a band which has been called his “Second Great Quintet”, with a line-up of young talent that included tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams. In January 1965, Miles Davis released the album 'E.S.P'. along with this quintet. The album contained no covers, rather all new material by this quintet.

Unlike his old colleague John Coltrane, who would release his ultimate album 'A Love Supreme' in February 1965 (more on that next month!), Mile's E.S.P album is still a pretty traditional jazz album, considering the time in was released. In the mid-60's jazz was taking major steps in many directions, but Miles wouldn't make a drastic change in his music until his 1969 album 'In a Silent Way'. 

Here's the title track from the album:

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