Miles in the Sky (album)

Miles in the Sky (album)

Miles in the Sky
Miles Davis
Released September 1968
Recorded 16 January & 15-17 May 1968
Columbia Studio B
(New York, New York)
Genre Jazz-fusion, post-bop
Length 51:12 original LP
72:16 CD reissue
Label Columbia
CS 9628
Producer Teo Macero
Miles Davis chronology

Miles in the Sky
Filles de Kilimanjaro
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Down Beat 4.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[3]

Miles in the Sky is an album recorded in January and two dates in May 1968. It is the fifth and final album fully made by the second great Miles Davis quintet, for by the time of Filles de Kilimanjaro, the quintet was beginning to dissolve, with Ron Carter and Herbie Hancock being replaced on two of the five songs. Miles in the Sky is notable for the first use of electric piano, electric bass and electric guitar on an issued recording by Davis, a foreshadowing of his move into fusion music over the next few years.

Although the album was released shortly after recording the last two songs, the tracks come from different sessions which show different stages of Miles Davis's evolution from acoustic jazz to electric "fusion" music. "Paraphernalia" (recorded 16 January 1968) features George Benson's electric guitar, although it is more conservative in style than the earlier "Circle in the Round" (which however was not released until the late seventies). "Black Comedy" and "Country Son" (15 May and 16 May 1968 respectively) were two of Davis's last studio tracks using an acoustic quintet format. "Stuff" (recorded 17 May 1968), with its electric bass, Fender Rhodes piano and binary rhythm, is in yet another idiom, that of the forthcoming Filles de Kilimanjaro. "Paraphernalia" was the only composition from this album to enter Davis's live book.

Track listing

Side one

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Stuff"  Miles Davis 17:03
2. "Paraphernalia"  Wayne Shorter 12:42

Side two

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
3. "Black Comedy"  Tony Williams 7:31
4. "Country Son"  Miles Davis 13:56

1998 reissue bonus tracks

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
5. "Black Comedy [Alternate Take]"  Tony Williams 6:26
6. "Country Son [Alternate Take]"  Miles Davis 14:38

Recorded on January 16 (#2), May 15 (#4), May 16 (#3) and May 17 (#1), 1968.