Except for the taping of a live performance at the Portland Festival, Miles Daviss discography for 1966 only lists the recordings made for the LP "Miles Smiles"! How strange when one considers the usual large output of Miles and his ensembles for Columbia Records in the Sixties.
The bass player Ron Carter was best suited for the complicated rhythm part and remained Miless 'number one' in a quintet which gave a new interpretation to compositions by Wayne Shorter and jazz hits such as "Freedom Jazz Dance" by Eddie Harris and Jimmy Heaths "Gingerbread Boy".
Every second of the nine-minute-long "Footprints" by Shorter is an absolute highlight, while the drumming of the young Tony Williams in "Freedom Jazz Dance" is full of vitality, with a quick pulse, and even described as »threatening« in the liner notes. This music is neither 'new stream' nor 'old guard' but good modern jazz according to Anthony Tuttle. Thats exactly what "Miles Smiles" was upon its release 40 years ago and thats what it is to this day! And that Miles Davis smiled for once thanks to the great musical relationship between the five individualists is certainly no mere rumour.
Recording: October 1966 at Columbia RecordsStudios, New York, by Frank Laico Production: Teo Macero
Miles Davis, trumpet
Wayne Shorter, tenor saxophone
Herbie Hancock, piano
Ron Carter, bass
Tony Williams, drums
180g Virgin Vinyl
5. Freedom Jazz Dance
6. Ginger Bread Boy
Miles Davis - Miles Smiles - 180g