With all of the re-issues and box sets being released from the Miles Davis catalogue, the original Columbia Jazz Contemporary Masters, was like many of the re-masters from that series was ill fated, from the strange reverb behind the music, to the terrible misinformed liner notes, Miles Davis's Filles De Kilimanjaro is the last album that the fabled "Second Great Quintet" (Miles, Shorter, Hancock, Carter and Williams) would do together, and on the original release containing just five songs, two of the songs ushered in the coming of two neophyte recruits in Chick Corea and Dave Holland (both performed on "Frelon Brun" and "Mademoiselle Mabry", and not "Petits Machins" as listed on the linear notes) in place of Herbie and Ron whom although would perform on a few recordings afterwards, would be the first of the five to leave Miles' band.
With this recording, Filles De Kilimanjaro is furthering the shift from the quintet first album together (E.S.P.) which showed brief intervals of the funk and rock rhythms that this mythical group experimented with, but on Filles Herbie seemed to be perfectly suited for the electric keyboards, and Tony Williams drumming becoming more propulsive, Miles compositions began to become more "jam-oriented", but the musicians still knew their roles and their pedigrees within the jazz world proved they could still improvise within a world that was changing around them.
By this time in 1968, many of Miles Davis' longtime fans were swearing off Miles and the direction his talented band was heading into, but time would prove that despite the critics turning on Miles, his musical vision would prove very highly from this album onward.
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