Miles Davis Filles de Kilimanjaro on Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity
Davis' Self-Proclaimed "Directions in Music" March Begins Here: Landmark 1968 Effort Recognized as Davis' Prelude into Full-On Fusion
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Abundant Jazz, Funk, and Rock Textures Rotate Around a Luscious Tonal Center
A Dozen Five-Star Miles Davis Albums Spanning 1958-1971 Available from Mobile Fidelity on Definitive-Sounding LP and SACD
move into full-on fusion starts here. Abandoning
his bebop roots and chasing electric dreams, rock-based rhythms, and
ostinato pulses, the icon gives life to new music forms on Filles de Kilimanjaro, a titanic release prized for its historical significance and lasting beauty
Grounded and focused, the five compositions unfold like a unified
suite. Such peak lyricism, flourishes, and phrases are experienced in
the highest-possible fidelity on Mobile Fidelity
's hybrid SACD.
Mastered from the original master tapes, this collectable audiophile version of Filles de Kilimanjaro joins the ranks of eleven other essential Davis sets given supreme sonic and packaging treatment by Mobile Fidelity. Loaded with revealing signatures, the record takes on even greater import when heard the way Davis and his mates discerned it in the studio. Backgrounds are squid-ink black, pianissimo lines shimmer, and the electric piano emerges with tube-amp warmth.
Indeed, the exotic sound, touch, and feel of the songs on Filles de Kilimanjaro are as crucial as the melodies. To that extent, listeners can now enjoy
the expressive tonalities and lush colors from each instrument in
full-range glory. Voicings, harmonics, and pitches are rendered with
exquisite detail. The manners in which the textures and phrases
rotate what seems like a unified tonal center places you at the original
recording sessions, executed in July and September 1968.
The final appearance of Davis' classic second quintet bears fruit
on three of the record's cuts, including the title track and
R&B-tinted "Frelon Brun." Sparked with restrained funk, driving
grooves, and bluesy accents, Filles de Kilimanjaro maintains
an instinctive flow and controlled fredom that permit Davis to oversee
an innovative blending of alterations, improvisation, and cycles.
Comprised of multiple sections, "Petits Machins" is a lesson in
perfectly played melodic complexity, with chromatic riffs, dominant
chords, syncopated progressions, and switching meters forming a singular
Filles de Kilimanjaro also represents a jumping-off point for Davis' lineup. For the September sessions, Chick Corea replaced Herbie Hancock while Dave Holland relieved Ron Carter. The new additions speak a different albeit common language, fitting in with Davis' desire to draw from rock and weave funk into open-minded excursions filled with exoticism, soulfulness, and wonder.
More than 40 years ago, this record epitomized the future of jazz. Davis
even announced such aspirations with the tagline "Directions in Music."
With the jazz world still trying to wrap its collective mind around its
genius, it still does.
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