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Sorcerer

Miles Davis

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Sorcerer, the third album by the second Miles Davis Quintet, is in a sense a transitional album, a quiet, subdued affair that rarely blows hot, choosing to explore cerebral tonal colorings. Even when the tempo picks up, as it does on the title track, there's little of the dense, manic energy on Miles Smiles -- this is about subtle shadings, even when the compositions are as memorable as Tony Williams' "Pee Wee" or Herbie Hancock's "Sorcerer." As such, it's a little elusive, since it represents the deepening of the band's music as they choose to explore different territory. The emphasis is as much on complex, interweaving chords and a coolly relaxed sound as it is on sheer improvisation, though each member tears off thoroughly compelling solos. Still, the individual flights aren't placed at the forefront the way they were on the two predecessors -- it all merges together, pointing toward the dense soundscapes of Miles' later '60s work. It's such a layered, intriguing work that the final cut, recorded in 1962 with Bob Dorough on vocals, is an utterly jarring, inappropriate way to end the record, even if it's intended as a tribute to Miles' then-girlfriend (later, his wife), Cicely Tyson (whose image graces the cover).
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1
Prince of Darkness
00:06:32

Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ron Carter, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - HERBIE HANCOCK, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wayne Shorter, Composer, Lyricist, Tenor Saxophone, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Williams, Drums, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Wilder, Engineer, Mastering Engineer - Teo Macero, Producer - Rob Schwarz, Mastering Engineer - Herb Hancock, Piano - Ronald Carter, Bass - Stan Tonkel, Recording Engineer - Miles Davis feat. Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, AssociatedPerformer

Originally released 1967. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Pee Wee
00:04:52

Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ron Carter, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - HERBIE HANCOCK, Piano, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wayne Shorter, Tenor Saxophone, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Williams, Drums, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Wilder, Engineer, Mastering Engineer - Teo Macero, Producer - Rob Schwarz, Mastering Engineer - Ronald Carter, Bass - Tony Williams, Composer, Lyricist - Stan Tonkel, Recording Engineer - Miles Davis feat. Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, AssociatedPerformer

Originally released 1967. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Masqualero
00:08:57

Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ron Carter, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - HERBIE HANCOCK, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wayne Shorter, Composer, Lyricist, Tenor Saxophone, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Williams, Drums, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Wilder, Engineer, Mastering Engineer - Teo Macero, Producer - Rob Schwarz, Mastering Engineer - Herb Hancock, Piano - Ronald Carter, Bass - Stan Tonkel, Recording Engineer - Miles Davis feat. Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, AssociatedPerformer

Originally released 1967. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
The Sorcerer
00:05:13

Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ron Carter, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - HERBIE HANCOCK, Composer, Lyricist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wayne Shorter, Tenor Saxophone, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Williams, Drums, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Wilder, Engineer, Mastering Engineer - Teo Macero, Producer - Rob Schwarz, Mastering Engineer - Herb Hancock, Piano - Ronald Carter, Bass - Miles Davis feat. Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, AssociatedPerformer

Originally released 1967. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Limbo
00:07:21

Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ron Carter, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - HERBIE HANCOCK, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wayne Shorter, Composer, Lyricist, Tenor Saxophone, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Williams, Drums, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Wilder, Engineer, Mastering Engineer - Teo Macero, Producer - Rob Schwarz, Mastering Engineer - Herb Hancock, Piano - Ronald Carter, Bass - Stan Tonkel, Recording Engineer - Miles Davis feat. Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, AssociatedPerformer

Originally released 1967. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Vonetta
00:05:41

Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ron Carter, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - HERBIE HANCOCK, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wayne Shorter, Composer, Lyricist, Tenor Saxophone, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Williams, Drums, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Wilder, Engineer, Mastering Engineer - Teo Macero, Producer - Rob Schwarz, Mastering Engineer - Herb Hancock, Piano - Ronald Carter, Bass - Stan Tonkel, Recording Engineer - Miles Davis feat. Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, AssociatedPerformer

Originally released 1967. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Nothing Like You
00:01:56

B. Dorough, Composer - F. Landesman, Lyricist - Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Dorough, Vocal - Michael Cuscuna, Reissue Producer - Paul Chambers, Bass, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Willie Bobo, Bongos - Wayne Shorter, Tenor Saxophone, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gil Evans, Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Cobb, Drums, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Teo Macero, Producer - Frank Rehak, Trombone, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stan Tonkel, Recording Engineer - Bob Beldon, Reissue Producer - Miles Davis feat. Wayne Shorter, Frank Rehak, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, AssociatedPerformer

Originally released 1967. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

Sorcerer, the third album by the second Miles Davis Quintet, is in a sense a transitional album, a quiet, subdued affair that rarely blows hot, choosing to explore cerebral tonal colorings. Even when the tempo picks up, as it does on the title track, there's little of the dense, manic energy on Miles Smiles -- this is about subtle shadings, even when the compositions are as memorable as Tony Williams' "Pee Wee" or Herbie Hancock's "Sorcerer." As such, it's a little elusive, since it represents the deepening of the band's music as they choose to explore different territory. The emphasis is as much on complex, interweaving chords and a coolly relaxed sound as it is on sheer improvisation, though each member tears off thoroughly compelling solos. Still, the individual flights aren't placed at the forefront the way they were on the two predecessors -- it all merges together, pointing toward the dense soundscapes of Miles' later '60s work. It's such a layered, intriguing work that the final cut, recorded in 1962 with Bob Dorough on vocals, is an utterly jarring, inappropriate way to end the record, even if it's intended as a tribute to Miles' then-girlfriend (later, his wife), Cicely Tyson (whose image graces the cover).
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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