However, in spite of all that, this is a CD that I grew to appreciate over the 12-15 times that I sat down and listened to it. Part of the reason for that is Miles’ band. Sharing the horn duties is Eddie Davis on trumpet, a monster player of enormous talent and a very pure, straight-ahead approach to jazz. The rhythm section is just as formidable and boasts (alternately) John Robertson and Louis Heriveaux on piano, Edwin Williams, Tarus Mateen and John Ormond on bass, Sumari Celestial and Woody Williams on drums and Ramadan Mumin (aka Tony Waters) on percussion. You couldn’t ask for better support than this, but they aren’t the only reason that I eventually grew to like this CD. As I listened to the CD over and over again, I believe that I began to get a feel for the statement that Miles is trying to make as a musician. I began to listen with an ear that went past the notes and into the heart and soul of the music. I suppose it’s always a challenge, when experiencing music that is presented in an unconventional form, to go beyond one’s personal expectations of how it should sound to get in touch with the spirit of what the musicians are trying to express. But I think it’s usually worth the extra work, and this CD is a clear example of that.
There are a total of 8 tunes on this album, of which all but one were written by Miles (the remaining track was penned by Davis). Miles is a much more traditional composer than he is a soloist, and he’s written some nice tunes here - mostly ballads and relaxed mid-tempo numbers with simple structures and hum-able melodies.
In summation, I recommend this CD not only for the adventurous jazz fan but for any jazz fan that is open-minded enough to want to experience the unique perspective of a talented musician like Bob Miles.