As I type this, I'm listening to Miles Davis' Miles Smiles. This is such an overlooked album that I felt the need to write about it. Personnel: Tony Williams- drums; Ron Carter- bass; Herbie Hancock- piano; Wayne Shorter- sax; Miles- trumpet This era of Miles' career is my favorite. He was taking the idiom of bop to a new level. Employing the best young talent around, all of whom went on to achieve jazz super-stardom, this group played so well together, it seemed telepathic. One of the most amazing things is the drummer, who often doesn't play the beat straight. He plays around it somehow, so that the rhythm is implied, allowing the listener to fill in the gaps and the drummer to become a melodic and even harmonic voice. I really can't think of anyone else who does this. Maybe Max Roach. Wayne Shorter wrote a lot of the material for the group, so besides being a great player, his talent for composition is emerging. He would go on to become one of the most original jazz voices. It's nice to hear the musicians doing what they do best: play fresh, interesting, acoustic jazz before they went on to do some creatively spotty things. The most recognized album of this group is their first, ESP, which is great, but Miles Smiles takes them to a new level. After this album, they would take their music into what would eventually be known as fusion, culminating in In A Silent Way and Bitches Brew before Miles went off the deep end with the whole fusion thing. Why did I even post this? I dunno, I guess to tell you all to listen to this. So, go listen to it.