[acid-jazz] The Rest of The Story: Filles De Kilimanjaro, Big Fun, Live-Evil, Black Beauty: Live At Fillmore West, Live At Fillmore: Live At The Fillmore East, Get Up With It, Pangaea, Agharta, Water Babies

From: Bob Davis <earthjuice_at_prodigy.net>
Date: Sun, 5 Mar 2006 11:22:29 -0500

Unfortunately I have run out of energy to write about Miles Davis 70's music
right now. I could actually write about this topic endlessly, but I won't
bore you any more for the time being, but here are some more of Miles Davis
albums from 1969 to 1976 that I would highly recommend in addition to the
one's I have previously discussed:

- Filles De Kilimanjaro
- Big Fun
- Live-Evil
- Black Beauty: Live At Fillmore West
- Live At Fillmore: Live At The Fillmore East
- Get Up With It
- Pangaea
- Agharta
- Water Babies

The music of the Miles Davis Band from 1969 - 1976 is actually an incredible
body of work that was produced by what is perhaps the greatest mind boggling
aggregation of musicians ever to be put into a studio or to appear together
on a stage. It connects Africa to the streets of Urban Amerikka like no
music that preceded it or has come since than ever has.

And if that's not Rock n' Roll", than I don't know what is!

Later in his career (the 1980's), Miles Davis became a well known media
personality, making numerous TV appearances, granting interviews and
enjoying a level of commercial visibility that he richly deserved. However
by the time of the 1980's, Miles Davis was no longer a "Rock star", he had
become simply a media personality.

In the 1970's Miles Davis was a mysterious artist who communicated little
with the mass media, but instead communicated directly with a massive
"underground audience" of people who clearly understood that the vision of
Miles Davis to create a "ferocious and blistering fusion of rock, funk and
jazz from an African perspective" was indeed the next musical step that Rock
n' Roll needed to take in the wake of Jimi Hendrix and Woodstock in order to
maintain it's artistic integrity.

The fact that the rock n' roll industry failed to embrace this notion is
what led to it's own continuing demise starting in the 1980's as it was
supplanted by yet a slightly different "ferocious and blistering fusion of
rock, funk and jazz from an African perspective", known as Hip Hop.

(If indeed that is the reason why Miles Davis is being inducted into the

Bob Davis
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Received on 2006-03-05 17:24:36