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Miles Davis : The Complete On the Corner Sessions

Miles Davis

Picture this: You’ve stumbled onto a construction site where impressive work is under way. The builders appear to know their trade, pouring concrete and hauling steel. But no one cops to knowing the design, and the contractor, however carefully observant, is keeping his thoughts to himself. Lord knows if there’s an architect. From the perimeter, passersby vigorously debate what’s going up: a monument, a theme park or a mall.

Don’t scrutinize the metaphor too closely, but that scenario conveys some of the sensory confusion you might feel as you dig into The Complete On the Corner Sessions, the latest Miles Davis box set from the Columbia/Legacy vaults. Spanning several years and encompassing more than two-dozen musicians, it’s an expansive document that sheds new light without answering too many questions. And it comes under the banner of one of the worst selling albums in Davis’ catalog, and probably the most widely reviled.

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