Filles De Kilimanjaro

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9 tracks
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1 Frelon Brun 5:37 11,151
1 Frelon Brun (Brown Hornet) 5:36 10,391
2 Tout de suite 14:04 12,024
3 Petits machins (Little Stuff) 8:05 15,509
3 Petits Machins 8:04 3,598
4 Filles de Kilimanjaro 12:00 9,454
5 Mademoiselle Mabry 16:34 10,320
5 Mademoiselle Mabry (Miss Mabry) 16:32 7,314
6 Tout de suite (Alternate Take) 14:37 3,347

About this album

Since it’s billed as “Directions in Music by Miles Davis,” it should come as little surprise that Filles de Kilimanjaro is the beginning of a new phase for Miles, the place that he begins to dive headfirst into .

It also happens to be the swan song for his second classic quintet, arguably the finest collective of musicians he ever worked with , and what makes this album so fascinating is that it’s possible to hear the breaking point — though his quintet all followed him into fusion (three of his supporting players were on In A Silent Way), it’s possible to hear them all break with the conventional notions of what constituted even adventurous jazz, turning into something new. According to Miles, the change in “direction” was as much inspired by a desire to return to something earthy and bluesy as it was to find new musical territory, and Filles de Kilimanjaro bears him out.

Though the album sports inexplicable, rather ridiculous French song titles, this is music that is unpretentiously adventurous, grounded in driving, mildly funky rhythms and bluesy growls from Miles, graced with weird, colorful flourishes from the band.
Where Miles in the Sky meandered a bit, this is considerably more focused, even on the three songs that run over ten minutes, yet it still feels transitional.

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  • fergalmc

    Concerto for Tony Williams.

    2 Jul 2012 Reply
  • GuyLiguili

    One of my three favourite Miles's albums (Kind Of Blue, Fille de Kilimanjaro, In a Silent Way)

    20 Jan 2012 Reply
  • zezinho57

    i just can agree with Derbyseville and others. Great to share this opinion with others. I thought i was maybe prejudiced. I already know it since long and i've always loved it. :) Maybe also because i am rather an album player and it's strong as such .

    16 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Adjar-one

    Love it :)

    16 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Sgarre1

    The title track may most favorite Miles track ever!

    11 Dec 2009 Reply
  • FruitfulTree

    If you're a fan of Miles Davis try

    1 May 2009 Reply
  • imanelectrician

    a flawless exploration in serenity, care, and attention, and it's all about everything that matters or could, or should...

    1 May 2009 Reply
  • bertimandone

    underrated, neglected, ignored, without shame, regret, or even hesitation!!! a disgrace reflecting mostly our nihilistic, pretentious, prostituted age of lackluster, brutality, and pointlessness.... but then again, this incredibly genuine invention of fusion foreshadows alot of alot...

    14 Mar 2009 Reply
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    24 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Derbyseville

    a most underated album.

    29 Mar 2008 Reply

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