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On The Corner by Miles Davis
Released: Jun 1993
Label: Columbia/Legacy
Miles acknowledged that On the Corner was his attempt to reconnect with the Black American youth of the '70s who abandoned jazz in favor of funk and rock. Ironic, then, that it's one of his most impenetrable albums. Fueled by nonstop polyrhythmic percussion, the record harbors only the merest shred of melody as it spools into marathon jams, one hardly distinct from the next. But that relentless focus on rhythm is what made On the Corner such a heavy influence on hip-hop in later years.
Jonathan Zwickel
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