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Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B
Although Miles Davis's health was quite weak at the time of this two-CD set (recorded the same day as the album Agharta), he has a few strong trumpet solos on these two very lengthy pieces ("Zimbabwe" and "Gondwana"). Just... more »
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Although Miles Davis's health was quite weak at the time of this two-CD set (recorded the same day as the album Agharta), he has a few strong trumpet solos on these two very lengthy pieces ("Zimbabwe" and "Gondwana"). Just after these concerts, Miles would go into an almost six year hiatus from music. The music here is stunning with the dense ensembles and heated solos (Sonny Fortune on soprano, alto, and flute and the guitars of Pete Cosey and Reggie Lucas) being quite boisterous, but very powerful. Pangaea is one of the finest recordings from the least-understood period of Davis's career (1971-1975).
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Morton | Colorado | 08/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Miles Davis-Pangaea *****
Whether or not you love Miles Davis, or this album for that matter you must admit that this is one of the most astonishing pieces of work ever created. I can honestly say that no review I read before purchasing this album did it any justice. Music aside, even just the idea of this album leaves me flabbergasted. Two discs, two songs, all live, all brand new (for the time of release any way), almost entirely improvised. One word genius.
Disc one consists of 'Zimbabwe' a piece of music unto its own. a percussion section to rival that of anything brought to the table. An African feel as the title suggest makes this piece some to bark at. Over 40 minutes of style bending, music changing, ear pleasing genius.
Disc two. 'Gondwana.' One of the most amazing pieces ever recorded. This time over 45 minutes, and it just might be for my money the most impressive thing to come from Miles.
Really this is Miles last essential release. His final before he would enter retirement (not forever however). Only released in Japan originally it became something of a cult phenomena, and one hell of an import. Guitar work to rival anything else from 1975, and one hell of a band that does way more than carry the two pieces.
What Pangaea does is really take Davis' style and mood of the time and take it to the tenth degree, and in the process completely rejects the mood and style all at the same time making a quagmire of an album. As I said at the beginning there is no word or words that could begin to do the album justice. To be heard is to understand, and Pangaea is required Miles Davis listening."