From Miles in the Sky (1967).
The second great Miles quintet. Miles Davis (trumpet), Wayne Shorter (sax), Herbie Hancock (piano), Tony Williams (drums), Ron Carter (bass). Arguably the best jazz combo that ever was–except for Miles’ first quintet. This album is from the late stage of the combo’s existence, but what a way to go out.
I got the album about a week ago. I vaguely remember hearing some tunes from it ages ago, but I must not have been paying much attention. This, the first cut, seems set to become my favorite rediscovered jazz track of 2013, at least so far. I can listen to it over and over again. I love Tony Williams’ drumming on this. The other tracks are superb, too, but more like the customary exploratory jazz of this combo specialized in. This is the only cut with Herbie Hancock on electric piano. This was a few years before Miles went electric in a big way.