Monday, March 16, 2009
Miles Davis 1971
Electric Mayhem. I'm really big on Miles Davis electric period right now, thanks to a recent purchase of "Get Up With It" on vinyl lp. There's probably no segment in pop music history as intractable and controversial. Either you are completely convinced "Electric" Miles Davis is a genius decades ahead of his time....or he's completely bonkers. The issue will probably never be settled, since it's taken a generation for his dark, heavy jazz-rock-funk-ambient-metal-whatever it is to find an audience.
I'm sure old school jazz fans were aghast at the sight of this, from the man who gave the world Kind of Blue and Sketches of Spain. But I say this rocks. This is the wildest heaviest music ever conceived in our time. And it's probably going to take another 30 years for that to really sink in.