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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 in the Sky and Filles de Kilimanjaro

Miles in the Sky and Filles de Kilimanjaro

(p.241) Chapter 7 Miles in the Sky and Filles de Kilimanjaro
The Studio Recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet, 1965–68

Davis Quintet

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This chapter evaluates the final two albums of the Miles Davis Quintet, namely, Miles in the Sky and Filles de Kilimanjaro. It examines the group's attempt to mix jazz with rock elements on the albums through the use of electric piano and electric bass, single extended tonal centers for improvisation, and importation of rock based straight-eighth rhythms. Both compositions were significant predecessors for Davis's fusion work later in his career, with the use of rock rhythms, pedal point improvisation, and harmonic language somewhat sparer than earlier recordings. The chapter also analyzes the singles “Country Son”, “Paraphernalia”, “Black Comedy”, and “Stuff” from Miles in the Sky, and “Petit Machins”, “Tout de suite”, and “Filles de Kilimanjaro” from Filles de Kilimanjaro.

Keywords:   Miles Davis Quintet, Miles in the Sky, Filles de Kilimanjaro, improvisation, jazz-rock fusion, harmonic language

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