The Miles Davis Quintet Miles Smiles Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid Stereo SACD
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TAS Rated 5/5 Music, 5/5 Sonics in the April 2019 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
Miles Davis Quintet Miles Smiles on Numbered Limited
Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity!
Strictly Limited to 3000 Numbered Copies!
Mastered From Original Master Tapes!
Definitive-Sounding Digital Edition, Teems with Clarity and Detail
The clarity afforded by history proves Miles Davis' second great quintet vying
for the unofficial honor of being the finest small jazz combo to ever record to
tape. Originally released in 1966, Miles Smiles is largely responsible for the
feat, as it commences a series of five groundbreaking albums – chronologically
rounded out by Sorcerer, Nefertiti, Miles in the Sky, and Filles de Kilimanjaro
– guided not by chordal patterns but open responses to melodies. Music would
never again be the same. Neither will experiencing Miles Smiles once you hear
this definitive-sounding hybrid SACD reissue.
Mastered from the original master tapes and strictly limited to 3,000 numbered
copies, Mobile Fidelity's numbered hybrid SACD takes the landmark effort into
rarified sonic territory. Davis and company play against coal-black backgrounds
that serve to illuminate every detail, texture, and nuance. Superb separation
and plentiful air allow instruments to fully blossom, effectively taking you
into Columbia's 30th Street Studio to watch the legendary combo transpire before
Like the other iconic Davis titles in Mobile Fidelity's reissue series, this
analog version also puts a premium on tonality and preservation of individual
notes, which arc and decay with uncanny realism. The brilliance of Ted Macero's
original production springs forth from every passage. Never before has this
standard-setting record burst with as much palpable verve, energy, spirit. Davis
and Wayne Shorter's horns crackle with electricity. Ron Carter's bass attains
unprecedented fluidity and dimensionality. Tony Williams' drums burst, splash,
and swing with terrific fervor. Herbie Hancock's 88s dance with a communal
Even with all the headway the ensemble made on its subsequent albums together,
many jazz cognoscenti and Davis diehards strongly feel Miles Smiles remains the
apex of their vast accomplishments. The piles of evidence lay within the
thrills, adventurousness, and curiosities staked to every composition. At once
accessible and unpredictable, songs reflect an ever-changing mentality, an edgy
moodiness, and a triumphant will – with each corner the band rounds a new
opportunity to integrate and interact, anticipate and respond, investigate open
spaces and establish if not fully lock into contagious, broad, striding grooves.
For Davis – and the music world at large – the significance of Miles Smiles
cannot be overstated. "The synthesis of complete abstraction with more or
less straightforward blues-playing was to sustain [Davis] right through the
darkness of the 1970s bands to the later period," write experts Richard Cook
and Brian Morton. To their point, everyone from DownBeat to Q to TIME have
deemed "Footprints" as one of the greatest compositions of the latter 20th
Everywhere you turn, genius abounds. Right out of the starting gates, "Orbits"
swirls with hard-driving rhythms and Davis' untethered soloing. "Delores"
likewise steams and cooks, retaining a tuneful allure all the while speaking
with a streetwise swagger. Anchored in part by Hancock's radiant piano lines,
the ballad "Circle" moves gently and expresses a romantic elegance via its
superb lyrical poise. On Miles Smiles, the band simply has and does it all. This
is a record you want to feel as much as hear.
"...Miles Smiles is the apex of post-bop intuitive interplay, and Mobile
Fidelity's SACD brings out the best sonic detail of Teo Macero's top-shelf
production for this modal-exploratory master class..." - Mike Mettler,
The Absolute Sound, April 2019
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Strictly Limited to 3000 Numbered Copies
• 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!
• Mastered From Original Master Tapes
Miles Davis, trumpet
Wayne Shorter, tenor sax
Herbie Hancock, piano
Ron Carter, bass
Tony Williams, drums
5. Freedom Jazz Dance
6. Ginger Bread Boy