The concept of “jazz-funk fusion” arguably starts with this album by Jazz musician Miles Davis. “Filles de Kilimanjaro” (French for Girls of Kilimanjaro) is a major masterwork, a collection of magical perfomances captured in a studio setting.
It is an album that maintains a jazz emphasis on improvisation, but fuses the process with electric piano and rock and soul expanding on themes Davis explored in Miles In The Sky.
It was recorded in June and September 1968, released on Columbia Records and in the United Kingdom by the company’s subsidiary Columbia (CBS) in 1968 and in the United States during February 1969.
Original Issue. Original Label. “Stereo 360 Sound”. 1968. Columbia CS 9750. VG*****