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The Studio Recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet, 1965–68$
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Keith Waters

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195393835

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195393835.001.0001

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Miles Smiles

Miles Smiles

(p.125) Chapter 4 Miles Smiles
The Studio Recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet, 1965–68

Davis Quintet

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This chapter explores the quintet's approach to the studio recording of the album Miles Smiles, known for its effortless negotiation between the traditional and experimental. It analyzes the album's singles, namely, “Orbits”, “Circle”, “Footprints”, “Dolores”, “Freedom Jazz Dance”, and “Ginger Bread Boy”. It discusses the harmonic structure of each, concerning the head, improvisations, and mode/scale organization. It looks into how the Miles Davis Quintet further developed their celebrated sense of airy openness and space by highlighting their studio techniques and indicating each member's contributions to the composition of songs.

Keywords:   studio recording, Miles Smiles, harmonic structure, improvisations, mode organization, scale organization, Miles Davis Quintet

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