Miles Davis: “E.S.P.”

There are four or five Miles Davis albums that changed jazz; E.S.P. isn’t one of them. However, it is a landmark for introducing Miles’ second great quintet (Davis, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams), and is a compelling bit of foreshadowing of what the group would end up accomplishing. More than any individual performance or track, I’ve always loved the tone that Shorter, Hancock and Carter each got on this album – rich and round, but not imposing.

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