At $365, this pricey little collector’s item is either for
the wealthy jazz novice or the ultimate Miles fan. At 70 (!) CD’s, this is
gonna give you a hernia just trying to hoist it onto your shelf.
Still, this isn’t just the history of one of the central
figures in jazz but also jazz history itself. From his 1949 beginnings to his
early 80’s comeback, this collection covers 52 records, moving from hard bop to
modal to post-bop to noirish avant-funk fusion and including John Coltrane and
Herbie Hancock among its guest stars.
Classic albums like ‘Round
About Midnight, Kind of Blue, Sketches of Spain, Bitches Brew and On the Corner are all found here
alongside a few bonus tracks, the famous ’70 Isle of Wight concert and a DVD of
the ‘60s quintet (with Hancock) in Europe, the latter two of which are worth
holding out for individual releases. As such, the music rates a 10 but the
skimpy extras merit a little bit of a downgrade.
Standout Tracks: “Springsville” (from Miles
Ahead), “Black Comedy”
(from Miles in the Sky),
“What I Say” (from Live Evil)