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Miles Davis – Seven Steps to Heaven

Posted January 23, 2007

Miles Davis - Seven Steps to Heaven

Miles’ Seven Steps to Heaven was recorded in April/May 1963, and documents the Miles Davis group in flux, making the transition between the Coltrane/… groups of the late 1950’s–early sixties, and the ‘classic’ quintet with Wayne Shorter et al. 7STH is basically Miles + George Coleman, with two rhythm sections: Victor Feldman, Frank Butler and Ron Carter (on five tracks), and then Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams on the remaining three May 14th tracks (my Columbia reissue comes with two tracks not-on-original-LP).

The tunes are pretty decent, but there’s nothing too magical happening. What’s really interesting, though, is how George Coleman is almost exactly half-way between John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter; his playing on Seven Steps to Heaven sounds perfectly Prestige-era Trane-y; his solo on So near, So far sounds just like it had come out the axe of Wayne Shorter…

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