by Miles Davis


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Sorcerer, the third album by the second Miles Davis Quintet, is in a sense a transitional album, a quiet, subdued affair that rarely blows hot, choosing to explore cerebral tonal colorings. Even when the tempo picks up, as it does on the title track, there's little of the dense, manic energy on Miles Smiles -- this is about subtle shadings, even when the compositions are as memorable as Tony Williams' "Pee Wee" or Herbie Hancock's "Sorcerer." As such, it's a little elusive, since it represents the deepening of the band's music as they choose to explore different territory. The emphasis is as much on complex, interweaving chords and a coolly relaxed sound as it is on sheer improvisation, though each member tears off thoroughly compelling solos. Still, the individual flights aren't placed at the forefront the way they were on the two predecessors -- it all merges together, pointing toward the dense soundscapes of Miles' later '60s work. It's such a layered, intriguing work that the final cut, recorded in 1962 with Bob Dorough on vocals, is an utterly jarring, inappropriate way to end the record, even if it's intended as a tribute to Miles' then-girlfriend (later, his wife), Cicely Tyson (whose image graces the cover).

Product Details

Release Date: 04/29/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972668321
catalogNumber: 726683
Rank: 6111

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miles Davis   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Ron Carter   Bass
Bob Dorough   Vocals
Herbie Hancock   Piano,Keyboards
Wayne Shorter   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Tony Williams   Drums
Frank Rehak   Trombone
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Willie Bobo   Bongos
Paul Chambers   Bass
Buster Williams   Bass

Technical Credits

Bob Belden   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Chris Albertson   Liner Notes
Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Gil Evans   Arranger
Frank Laico   Engineer
Teo Macero   Producer
Fred Plaut   Engineer
John Snyder   Reissue Producer
John Synder   Producer
Irving Townsend   Producer
Mark Wilder   Remixing
Francis Wolff   Insert Photography
Allen Weinberg   Art Direction
Vic Anesini   Remixing
Randall Martin   Reissue Design
Jan Persson   Insert Photography
Nicholas Bennett   Packaging Manager
Stanley Tonkel   Engineer

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Sorcerer 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Sorcerer is in my mind the most powerful Miles cd of the second quintet. Miles guides the rest of the band through there own music influences and forces them to play their best. Also Tony Williams really pushes this music with unbelievable energy and power.