Miles Davis – Seven Steps To Heaven

With so many tunes to chose, life was made easier by the soundtrack to Miles Ahead, which is our competition prize this week. Don Cheadle’s already whittled down his list, then, so I’m picking from his choices which adorn the soundtrack to his great film.

Even that’s a tough one. I’ve gone in the end for a classic piece from 1963, Seven Steps To Heaven, an example of tight quintet work that’s smooth and cool and shiny like the smartest jazz of the era – I love this particular Miles band, with Tony Williams outstanding on the drums, and Herbie Hancock on piano with the superb Ron Carter on the bass. Only George Colman on sax isn’t a legend, but he wasn’t bad. Miles is at his sharpest and boppiest, but that signature ease of his fingers is audible and the progressions thrilling….

It’s a good week indeed when you get jazz like this in a movie…

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