12 Feb 2018
10/10 review of Mamuthones Fear on the Corner by Soundblab
Mamuthones new album, Fear on the Corner is the kind of disjunctive funk and controlled improvisation that was once a hallmark of jazz experimentalists like Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. Miles Davìs only released one studio album in the 1970s, which was On the Corner. In a snub to contemporary media, Davis turned his back on jazz traditionalism and sought disparate influences such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Jimi Hendrix and Sly and the Family Stone for inspiration. Much of the brilliant 1970s Miles Davis stuff like Live Evil and Agharta was only available through Sony Japan on release. The Japanese loved his firebrand experimental jazz-funk. They were receptive to instrumental pandemonium. Oddly enough, Miles was trying to appeal to African-Americans but it was the Japanese that really loved that stuff. Most of Davis’s old fan base couldn’t stomach it, including people like journalist Stanley Crouch, who thought the jazz-funk excursions were beneath someone with Miles’s genius.
These days, the rock media are falling over themselves to pronounce Davis’s 70s albums as visionary classics, and the live ones, especially Agharta and Pangaea (recorded live in Japan) certainly deserve that status...
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