All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.
On 1998's Selim Sivad, the members of the WSQ devote themselves to the memory and spirit of jazz master Miles Davis. They continue to incorporate African drums, this time also including Davis alumnus drummer/pianist Jack DeJohnette. Compared to the earlier WSQ+drums records, Selim Sivad includes a greater variety of improvisational approaches. While "Seven Steps to Heaven" receives a tight percussion-rich interpretation, "The Road to Nefertiti" more openly explores space and time, and "Tutu" gets the funky drummer treatment from DeJohnette.
The expanded quartet expresses a clear appreciation for the wide range of styles explored by Miles Davis during his career, while endowing the (mostly) Davis compositions with its own personal touch. Of course, it's an ambitious project to interpret the works of Miles Davis using four saxophones and four drummersbut amazingly, the WSQ succeeds.
Track Listing: Seven Steps to Heaven, Selim, Freddie Freeloader, The Road to Nefertiti, Nefertiti, Tutu, Blue In Green, All Blues.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.