Re: ïÔ*ÅÔ: [thewire] afrobeat/funk
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From: "Kristopher S. Handley" <thesubtlebody@...>
> >From: "äÍÉÔÒÉÊ õÈÏ*" <dmituhov@...>
> >On the Corner???
> >The nadir of the 70s Davis.
> >Even Jack Johnson & Agharta deserves more.
> Why is ON THE CORNER not deserving of praise? I think it stands apart
> the rest of Davis' body of work, an abortive experiment that to me seems
> least as worthy of revisitation as anything else he ever did, ever. Kind
> like the Stones' SATANIC MAJESTY'S REQUEST, a wonderful cul-de-sac for the
> band, a superhighway of possibility for future music. ON THE CORNER seems
> to nod at dub and point straight toward drum n' bass. But maybe that's
> anticipation of a nadir in your estimation? I find it fecund.
> I like Jack Johnson but am not crazy about the "jammy" quality of it;
> like that opening guitar work with the menacing bass notes creeping into
> motives, whether it be Sonny Sharrock (according to corrective legend) or
> John McLaughlin (sounds more like Sonny to me). I think it's given birth
> to way too much instrumental rock wank. But not a bad record, no. Miles'
> tone and confidence are much, much better than so much of his playing on
> record in the Seventies, so often sounding as sickly as the man. (Or
> defeated by the effects he was trying to use?)
Interesting album, but not essential. J Mc & SS are both on there. JMc
during the rock section, SS on the space section. There's a Jack
Johnson box coming from Columbia/Legacy at some point in the future.
* David Beardsley