December 14, 2006

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Miles Davis, Cool & Collected
Sony Records, 2006

Nothing less than a blessing for new jazz fans feeling ready to dig their ears into Miles. As advertised, this is aural antiperspirant, the timeless nuances peeking out from behind slow bedroom-prep numbers in the main, such as quirky but slick-as-dolphin-hide versions of Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" and Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time." The album opens with Miles pairing faux-sloppy trumpet lines with the impossible saxes of Cannonball Adderly and John Coltrane in his self-penned "So What," conjuring vibes that come off a lot more 2006 than 1959. The faux-sloppiness is what drags you in at firstósome of the dropped flats could have been made by your friendly neighborhood high-school band-geek picking up a horn for the first timeóbut you quickly learn that every peep out of the man runneth over with purpose; with such a subdued collection you get a clinical view of what's going on without and within. B

ó Eric W. Saeger