Miles Davis – “Miles In Tokyo” (1969 / 2019)

This was the only record on the Record Store Day Black Friday list that caught my eye, so I didn’t bother heading anywhere early, instead making it over to Easy Street about three hours after it opened. And there it was – one copy left of Miles In Tokyo. Almost as if I planned it.

Reviews of Miles In Tokyo seem to center on what was apparently a lack of chemistry between Davis and recently added tenor sax player Sam Rivers. I’d be lying if I said this was somehow apparent to my inexperienced jazz ears – I think Rivers sounds tremendous, and the entire quintet (including Herbie Hancock on keys) come together quite well, particularly on “My Funny Valentine”.