“Miles Smiles” is an album by jazz musician Miles Davis, featuring his second quintet recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio in New York City on October 24 and October 25, 1966.
It is the second of five albums recorded by Davis’s second great quintet, which featured saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and the astonishing drummer Tony Williams.
“Miles Smiles” is, in a lot of ways, the last hurrah of superlative acoustic offerings by Davis. It was the end of an era, and right before Davis started experimenting with electronic sound, and it was right before the psychedelic period of that turbulent decade- a period of experimentation.
Stellar group improvisation from perhaps the greatest band of improvisers ever assembled. The album is considered by many critics to be the best the Davis ever recorded.
Original Issue. Original Label. 1966. LP. Columbia CS 9401. VG*****