The Penguin Guide to Jazz gave Miles Ahead a four-star rating out of a possible four stars, and called the album "a quiet masterpiece The Duke - Miles Davis + 19 - Miles Ahead was reportedly unhappy about the album's original cover, which featured a photograph of a young white woman and child aboard a sailboat.
He made his displeasure known to Columbia executive George Avakianasking, "Why'd you put that white bitch on there? For later releases of the record, however, the original cover-photo has been replaced by a photograph of Miles Davis. Jon Hendricks had been working on vocalising Miles' parts on the album for over 50 years, and Pete Churchill, on hearing this, approached him to talk about developing it with ensemble the London Vocal Project.
Together they finished scoring all the parts and writing the lyrics, for the band parts as well as for Miles, The Duke - Miles Davis + 19 - Miles Ahead the LVP then rehearsed extensively. Source: Miles Ahead album at Discogs. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the soundtrack album, see Miles Ahead soundtrack. Many of its tracks have become practice templates for jazz saxophonists. Init was one of fifty recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to The Duke - Miles Davis + 19 - Miles Ahead added to the National Recording Registry.
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It is a drab cover with a generic image of Miles blowing his horn, and to my eyes the way the text is laid out makes for an awkward reading of the title and artist information. I must have passed over Miles Ahead a hundred times in my early years of digging through the racks, figuring no album with that artwork could possibly be any good.
My copy is an original deep groove 6-eye mono pressing with, as noted above, the original cover artwork. Even after two deep vacuum cleanings there is Ready To Flow (ATB) - Various - Trancemusic.nl still a noticeable amount of surface noise.
One unfortunate side effect of how great deep groove recordings sound, is how much wear those grooves can accumulate over a lifetime of abuse. The Columbia 6-eye pressings are highly-regarded, and rightly so, even with the massive groove wear the analog depth can still be heard in all it's glory. We also have "YHH" on both sides, as well as what appears to be a "4" and "T11" on the Side 2 trail-off.
I'd say that Miles Ahead is certainly deserving of it's status as a "classic" in the discography of MIles Davis if for no other reason that it marks a defined period in the many phased career of the legendary trumpeter. It deserves a listen by any jazz fan, but whether it will become a favorite or even if it will make it into a heavy rotation will depend on the listener's personal tastes.
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