Monday, January 27, 2014

filles de kilimanjaro

Miles Davis incorporated electric instruments into his traditional acoustic jazz sound during the sessions for the exotic free flow fusion of this transitional adventure.  Continuing the move he began on 'Miles in the Sky', 'Filles de Kilimanjaro' sees Davis utilizing electric instrumentation on every track.  Teo Macero produced the sessions at Columbia 30th Street Studio in New York City.  The album was begun in June of 1968 with his second great quintet with Wayne Shorter on saxophone, Herbie Hancock on the electric Rhodes piano, Ron Carter on electric bass, and Tony Williams on drums.  For the sessions in September, Davis replaced  Hancock with Chick Corea, and Carter with Dave Holland.  During September Davis also married Betty Mabry, a model and songwriter who introduced Miles to Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone and was pivotal in his move to fusion.  It is Mademoiselle Mabry that graces the album cover designed by Hiro.  All of the songs were composed by Miles Davis with arrangements by Gil Evans.

'Filles de Kilimanjaro' 
full album:

"Frelon Brun" (Brown Hornet)  – 5:39
"Tout de Suite" (Right Away)  – 14:07
"Petits Machins" (Little Stuff)  – 8:07
"Filles de Kilimanjaro" (Girls of Kilimanjaro)  – 12:03
"Mademoiselle Mabry" (Miss Mabry)  – 16:32

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