Recorded September ‘68 through February ‘69 some of these seventeen tracks - eight previously unissued - could be found on such albums as ‘Directions’, ‘Water Babies’, and ‘Filles De Kilimanjaro’. Brought under one umbrella, Miles’ true vision takes shape.
Stirring the pre ‘bitches brew’ along with Miles on his quest to fuse jazz, rock, and funk are keyboardists Joe Zawinul (composer of the ethereal title track), Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea. Wayne Shorter on tenor and soprano saxes is brilliant throughout. (Check out ‘Directions’ and his own ‘Early Minor’ if you doubt me) Bassist Dave Holland is the pinnacle of sinuous, rolling thunder while upstart Tony Williams brings the language of rock to the music of jazz. (Joe Chambers figures prominently on the skin kit on the two unissued tracks, the twenty-seven minute lope ‘The Ghetto Walk’ and the aforementioned ‘Early Minor’.
Tracking the gestation and evolution of any un-assailed masterwork takes a good deal of patience and trust on behalf of the listener. So keep that in mind while listening to this 3CD set of bold and lasting modal innovation. Complete with a very handsome and scholarly 96 page booklet which includes complete sessionography and annotated by reissue producers Michael Cuscuna and Bob Belden.