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On the Corner
Miles Davis

On the Corner

jazz · fusion · funk · 1972 · 70s



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  • @magickalmoon I can hear a Kosmische Musik vibe on this and definitely on In a Silent Way.
  • Does a lot of this remind anyone else of Komischemusik or "Krautrock?" Particularly the last two minutes of "Vote for Miles" and the first minute of "Black Satin."
  • Though this is one of my favourite albums I understand the initial hate, it's abrasive as fuck.
  • People calling this a "sellout" effort (which, to be fair, includes some of Miles' former band members and plenty of other jazz musicians of the time) are just wrong. In order to "sell out" you have to make safe, palatable music with an established audience. Several years later when jazz fusion was a big thing (which it became because of records like this one, Bitches Brew, In a Silent Way, Herbie Hancock's stuff of the time, etc.), if Miles had spontaneously crapped out a fusion album THEN, then we could talk about how he'd "sold out" to move a few units, but making these early attempts at merging jazz with rock and funk was really the most dangerous thing he could do: he alienated many of the more conservative jazz fans and critics who made up a good chunk of his audience in those days and he had to appeal to and win over fans of entirely different genres. It was a big risk, but it worked not because the music was "safe" -- far from it -- but because the music was so GOOD.
  • anyone know what corner this is?
  • Best goddamn album.
  • This album is incredible. Anyone who says this is Miles "selling out" needs to listen to this it again and compare it to any of the fusion that was being done at this time and you will realize that the greatest of all time was still "Miles Ahead".
  • The selling out part has always baffled me. Miles said that he wanted to connect with the young black audience which was listening to rock and funk, but c'mon... On The Corner was too weird for most people on the corner!
  • Revisiting the album on The Complete On The Corner Sessions, one can only wonder who it was that critics felt Davis was selling out to.
  • coolest album cover art ever.

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