Miles Davis Filles de Kilimanjaro Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid Stereo SACD
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
Miles Davis' 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
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 mosaic.
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.
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on
most conventional CD Players!
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Mastered From Original Master Tapes
1. Frelon Brun (Brown Hornet)
2. Tout De Suite
3. Petits Machins (Little Stuff)
4. Filles De Kilimanjaro
5. Mademoiselle Mabry (Miss Mabry)