The Record Collection

Miles Davis: Filles de Kilimanjaro (1968)

Columbia PC 9750

Filles de Kilimanjaro

Track list:

01 – Frelon Brun (Brown Hornet)
02 – Tout de Suite
03 – Petits Machins (Little Stuff)
04 – Filles de Kilimanjaro (Girls of Kilimanjaro)
05 – Mademoiselle Mabry (Miss Mabry)
+bonus track (not on original LP)
06 – Tout de Suite (alt tk)


Miles Davis – trumpet
Wayne Shorter – tenor sax
Herbie Hancock – electric piano (#2-4,6)
Chick Corea – electric piano (#1,5)
Ron Carter – electric bass (#2-4,6)
Dave Holland – bass (#1,5)
Tony Williams – drums

#1,5: recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio, NYC; September 24, 1968
#2,6: recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio, NYC; June 20, 1968
#3: recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio, NYC; June 19, 1968
#4: recorded at Columbia Studio B, NYC; June 21, 1968

Producer: Teo Macero
Engineering: Frank Laico, Arthur Kendy

liner notes: Ralph J. Gleason

Original issue: Columbia LP CS 9750 on February 5, 1969

A photo of 23-year-old Betty Mabry, the future Mrs. Davis, appears on the cover.

This young woman, who was at the center of the hip black scene, introduced Sly Stone and Jimi Hendrix to Miles and taught him how to dress in something other than a tailored suit.

The trumpeter — confirming the turning point signaled in Miles In The Sky — continued to compose almost all the pieces in his repertory.

Gil Evans, however, had returned to the studio after Miles In The Sky and added some ideas of his own: for example, he signed the reprise of “Petits Machins,” renaming it “Eleven.”

The bluesy wildness of this composition contrasts with the reserved pastoral mood of “Tout De Suite” and “Filles De Kilimanjaro.”

In September, when the album was almost finished, Chick Corea and Dave Holland replaced Herbie Hancock and Ron Carter.

James Brown’s “Cold Sweat” inspired “Frelon Brun,” and “Mademoiselle Mabry” originated in the first notes of Jimi Hendrix’s “And The Wind Cries Mary.”

But, as always, the distance Miles took from his model is proportionate to his talent for creative adaptation.