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most lavish box set.

I loathe Jazz of any kind...but It looks nice!

http://www.sonymusicdigital.com/genius-of-miles-davis/pages/5687192/

The Genius of Miles Davis -
the most comprehensive and lavishly packaged collection ever dedicated to a single musical artist.

Luxuriously packaged in a custom built, limited-edition Martin trumpet case, The Genius of Miles Davis presents the artist's complete body of work recorded for Columbia Records between 1955-1985 in 8 deluxe box sets, documenting every important phase of The Prince of Darkness's musical life.

Upon signing to Columbia Records in 1955, the restless genius embarked on a musical path that would find him spearheading every major musical movement of the second half of the 20th Century. No other musical artist would be as all-embracing, influential, and ever-changing, earning him the moniker, "The Picasso of Jazz."

Whether attired in a Brooks Brothers suit elegantly embracing a heartbreaking ballad, or sporting bell bottoms and an Afro and playing pure fire, Miles Davis was the arbiter of all new sounds, new fashions, and the world of ineffable cool. All of this and so much more is captured in this ground-breaking collection.

The Genius of Miles Davis is an unprecedented look into the life of an artist in constant flux, ever- breaking new stylistic ground, changing the social landscape, and in tireless pursuit of that mysterious and intangible quality we call "genius."

les Davis was also an accomplished painter whose work has been consistently shown internationally, and has been the subject of numerous books. Now, a previously unpublished fine art lithograph of one of Miles's most striking paintings has been added to this deluxe collection. His dream-like vision of dancing women provides yet another facet of his extraordinary talent.

Also unique to this collection is an exact replica of the "Gustat" Heim 2 mouthpiece used by Miles during his career. Created exclusively for this collection by Kanstul, the custom-designed mouthpiece, with all of its original detailing, was the medium through which all of Miles's most haunting and beautiful sounds passed through.

The last bonus item to be included in The Genius Of Miles Davis is a custom-designed T-shirt manufactured exclusively for this collection by Trunk Ltd. Pictured against a rich black background is Miles Davis sporting his trademark shades and playing his one-of-a-kind Martin trumpet.

e Genius of Miles Davis is the most luxuriously packaged musical collection ever presented.

Individually numbered to 1955, the year Miles singed to Columbia Records, the outer box is an exact replica of the trumpet case Miles used during his career. A special Miles Davis metal insignia adorns the outside cover. The interior is customized in lush blue velvet, and an iconic, noirish image of Miles adorns the inner wall. As the case is opened, there's Miles Davis in all his dark and mysterious beauty staring at you.

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Re: most lavish box set.

You loathe jazz?
Color me surprised
You have such broad musical taste I never would have expected that.

Does that include jazz vocalists as well ?

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Yeah man, I just can't stomach it. I actually have a pretty narrow range of likes, but they are weird ones, so people think I am cultured.

I think the closest thing to Jazz that I like is Morphine.

I *tried* to like it in school, but all the artfags and jackasses who were reading bukowski , proust, rand, etc were all into it in college, they would get stoned and play this free jazz junque all night and read horrible stories and poems that they had written. a real pathetic existance. that drove me further away from what I saw as "intellectual" or "hip" music towards simple stuff like punk, gang of four, left banke, and back to my country roots(which were never far from my mind)

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"Luxuriously packaged in a custom built, limited-edition Martin trumpet case."

Very cute idea.

Does it turn its back to you when the music starts to play?

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That's not bad, but I got one to add:

"On sale" for 2,500 bucks and all you get are 2 LP's and 3 CD's - of the same album.

Elk - the Miles set requires you to face away from your speakers during the live cuts.

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I would be interested but I have just about all the Miles I want. I've been buying his recordings since 1968. There are only half a dozen or so I want that I don't already have.

I actually play my recordings. So, all the extra trappings are wasted on me.

Teddy Ray;
Give Jazz a chance. (thanks John Lennon) Although I'm a jazz lover most "free jazz" is too free for me. Getting stoned and listening to it (in college) just made me want to hear things like KOB (Kind Of Blue) or Saxophone Colossus (Sonny Rollins).

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I actually love Miles Davis and jazz in general, but even if I had the money and didn't already have a couple dozen of his albums already, this set just seems like some kind of twisted marketing fetish. I mean, a replica of the horn case, but made for CDs, and it also has his image inside and then a replica of his mouthpiece?! Plus, his painting "art" was really just ego doodling IMO but they got this limited lithograph thing thrown in. It all seems so sincerely done up, but it gives me a slimy feeling it all got concocted by a meeting between some ad guys and quickly blessed in some board room.

If Miles were around I feel certain he'd say something like: "Huh? You wanna make a prettied up copy of my fuckin' horn case, with a bunch of CDs in there and a fake mouth-piece? Man, who the fuck would want THAT?! Some uptight rich white guys probably... OK, but don't anybody say it was MY idea."

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Loathe Jazz? It is the only American art form...

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Loathe Jazz? It is the only American art form...

Wait.

Where did blues and rock & roll come from?

How about country music or bluegrass?

I better go do some learning today.

Blues - African spirituals?

Country music - Ireland?

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Lately we've been bringing modern mass denial of science to an art form; does that count?

Anyway...I think Jazz is a uniquely American musical invention (that has spread beyond our shores of course) but agree Blues and Rock n Roll are all part of a triad of great American musical innovation. After those three all the off-shoots are more like branches, or mutations as the case may be. Country is really just a derivation of American folk plus Rock influence.

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Loathe Jazz? It is the only American art form...

Nah. Renaissance music included syncopation, improvisation over harmonic structure, dissonance.

Nothing new about jazz.

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Loathe Jazz? It is the only American art form...

that and Hollywood -- particularly our penchant for amazing sports films.

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Loathe Jazz? It is the only American art form...

Nah. Renaissance music included syncopation, improvisation over harmonic structure, dissonance.

Nothing new about jazz.

Didn't have much of a Beat though. If it ain't got that Swing....

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Loathe Jazz? It is the only American art form...

Liking ones own country is so passe....

Allahu Akbar!

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