3 dic. 2008

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Miles Davis Porgy and Bess

This is one of several collaborations between Miles and the arranger Gil Evans, one of his closest friends and musical partners: an adaptation of Gerswhin's opera. In terms of long-form jazz, it compares favorably with some of Ellington's Suites. In this case I don't mind hearing "Summertime" again. This is great context for it.

Miles invented and reinvented music several times over. The Gil Evans collaborations are but one chapter of his achievement. Just think, if he has only done those, and nothing else, he'd stil be a major figure. Yet if you took those away, he'd still have Round Midnight and Kind of Blue, his fusion work...