Miles Davis
Relaxin' With the Miles Davis Quintet


4.0
excellent


Release Date: 1958 | Tracklist

Review Summary: [Verb]in’ Series: Part 2 of 4

Accessibility, or lack thereof, is a major factor that keeps new listeners away from jazz; there are many idiosyncrasies in the genre that need to be learned from scratch. Some of which include improvisation, modulating keys, the structuring of songs based on chord progressions and the turnaround to a “head.” It can be rather intimidating, therefore, to even attempt to do so. Not only that, but the genre is often incredibly dissonant, especially when used to express avant-garde ideas. This is even true within jazz’s most popular artist; Miles Davis. The latter would often host dense, dissonant, avant-garde rooted improvisations, particularly in his 70’s fusion era.

This album, however, is definitely not a member of Miles’ inaccessible portion of repertoire. For the second volume of the ”[Verb]in’” series, the bandleader and company take the album title to heart. The session is a relatively laid-back outing in which the members improvise with free-flowing expertise over delightful songs that spin along very pleasantly to the listener. Standards such as Sonny Rollins’ “Oleo” and Jimmy Van Heusen’s “It Could Happen to You” are given a solid performance by the whole quintet. The listening experience, overall, proves to be noteworthy in its unadulteratedly casual tone. Granted, the album does everything typical within jazz splendidly, but not much more, leading to a positive aftertaste that does not really make for a notably “spicy” experience. While this may be ideal for certain listeners, post-bop and “out-there” fanatics will be ill-satiated if a wild experience is expected.

With its few shortcomings included, ”Relaxin’” stands as an exemplary outing in terms of typical jazz, excelling in all standards a fan of such would ask for but never exceeding them. Perhaps ”Relaxin’” best caters to those just starting into jazz and looking for an enjoyable but not terribly challenging experience, one that can introduce them to its discernibly unique characteristics. In that case, this album, a good slice of cheese, and a sunny day at the park sounds like a grand way to relax.



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50iL
January 4th 2019


5225 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stream here: https://open.spotify.com/album/1mQCpyWoI4vTore21DgOQG

Yeah, this needed a review.

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Hawks
January 4th 2019


73126 Comments


Meniles Davis

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Gyromania
January 4th 2019


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50iL
January 4th 2019


5225 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Broke the page already smh

Hawks, you should really check this if jazz interests you tbh

Hawks
January 4th 2019


73126 Comments


Honestly have never really jammed any jazz. I mean I’ve heard stuff with jazz mixed in but don’t know if I’ve ever jammed a straight up jazz record. Might have to get on it.

Gyromania
January 4th 2019


28234 Comments


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Gyromania
January 4th 2019


28234 Comments


sry lol

50iL
January 4th 2019


5225 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think you'd dig tbh, give it a try haha

Also, Gyro, whyyyyyyyy my OCD is making me have a meltdown

Gyromania
January 4th 2019


28234 Comments


;D

50iL
January 4th 2019


5225 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Omg I actually sighed of relief haha, thanks

I mean, the comment section is yours to use anyway, but broken comment sections are like a spunky hair to me... they just get to me on a purely nervous level lmao

Gyromania
January 4th 2019


28234 Comments


lmao me too. i was always going to correct it, just couldn't resist messing with ya :P they should fix it so you can't do page breaks so easily.

50iL
January 4th 2019


5225 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed, just like the question mark thing in reviews. If only mx was, you know, active...

Zig
January 4th 2019


1839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This needed a review. [2]



Jazz it up!

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wham49
January 4th 2019


4732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is good I dig workin' as well, just bought at the Fillmore on vinyl the other day



totally agree about the difficulties in getting into jazz, it goes totally against the way mainstream music has been made for 45 years. It took me time and patience to get into the Grateful Dead, who are basically a jazz band mentallity, especially up to like 78, so when I started listening to jazz I just "got it" and have been a fan ever sense

50iL
January 4th 2019


5225 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks fellas! Yeah wham, it has changed my way of listening completely hehe

TVC15
January 6th 2019


10181 Comments


Oh shit whattup

50iL
January 6th 2019


5225 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey Chrost! You should get into more Miles tbhhh

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
January 7th 2019


10372 Comments


"It can be rather intimidating, therefore, to even attempt to do so."

On the contrary, I believe that the average person doesn't care enough rather than being intimidated. The thing that draws musicians to jazz is its complexity, but if you can't sing along to it and you can't dance to it what's the point if you're just a regular joe going about his day?

Trifolium
January 7th 2019


8091 Comments


After listening to his more well known releases for years and loving the crap out of them I've started to work my way through his discog. Nice coincidence. Loved all of it so far, but I don't care for the fusion stuff so I'm not looking forward to that. Luckily those still lie way in the future.

50iL
January 7th 2019


5225 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hmmm, to me it was the opposite. I really wanted to get into jazz but it felt too... extensive, for me. Kinda like classical now.

Anyway, I can definitely see your point. I was also not really catering to "regular Joes" with this review, as it is on a nerdy music forum haha. I was mainly catering to an average Jane Doe/Sputcore fanatic. Thanks for the comment though, I'll keep it in mind.



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