A seldom heard, witty, well-spoken and well-informed letio magistralis about the gravelly voice genius and how he kept virtually all his musicians who succeded in all his several groups, til his untimely passing away.
Enrico, a worldwide known expert and scholar of Miles’ art and music, wrote a superb book (with Veniero Rizzardi) devoted to Bitches Brew and his knowledge of live, unedited performances of Miles counts more than 700 unpublished hours of music in his personal collection.
He met and interviewed Teo Macero, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, John McLaughlin and wrote liner-notes for Wadada Leo Smith & Henry Kaiser’s Yo Miles! on Shanachie. I already knew him and his so deep knowledge about everything Miles’, but…
… simply wasn’t prepared to one hour of commented, critically high-pointed listenings of some of the most representative Miles’ licks… not explained to an annoyed audience, but to a bunch of literally lost in Enrico & Miles’ world people!
Enrico, like dancing in his elegant tuxedo, showed and explained, untired and untiring how Miles was able without moving an eyebrow to communicate time and theme changes, in an apparent, wordless ESP exchange among his cohort.
The lecture represented for yours truly the azimuth of my recent… aehm, still going on, actually, full immersion in electric Miles’ music, made of extremely rewarding lengthy listening sessions of Obnth Corner, In a Silent Way, ecc. ecc. … oh, shit, I already annoyed you about this.
I already attended to other music lectures – i.e. Bach’s Cello Sonatas as played by Fournier and Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas; both the interesting lessons gave to me a strange feeling, like the dissecting of a corpse in a morgue.
Music was loosing its inner power, notes dissected and emptied… a quite embarrassing evenience, if concerning the above mentioned giants and masterpieces!
Exactly the opposite happened with Enrico’s Miles: My Funny Valentine live at Carnegie Hall was soooo lively and full of trivia and wittiness.
I was also, while listening to Merlin, reminding what I only few hours ago read about Miles giving his back to the audience, during most of the last concerts… just wish to share with you: it wasn’t the hip, tough guy, the boxer don’t giving a fuck to audience… Herbie Hancock on On The Corner complete session box confirmed he was only in love with ALL the musicians who made is stellar groups!
Maybe respect, which is also a form of love makes this music timeless and always modern… as it hits the very deep of human soul with its fractal, true, honest and straight nature.
Sincerely thanking Enrico for the great lesson… after one hour of this (see above)… he embraced his electric and was playing like a devil on-stage some cool improvisation a’ la John McLaughlin or John Scofield with a jazz combo, yet with his unique good taste, skill and... just WOW!
While his cute Wall-E toy was blissfully standing on his bespoke guitar-amp.
Soul, knowledge, humbleness, intelligence and… Living music, folks!
BTW - Wish also to share and put everyone on the wait for the IMPRESSIVE new book (series)… you’d bet it? About Miles, year per year per year… it will be a one-of-a-kind luxury, limited edition, 12” x 12” size, so finding its (their) place(s) among vinyl records…
High quality binding, paper, BUT most of all HIGH quality and unobtanium info, pix and trivia about, for the first book to come, Miles in 1959 (Kind of Blue's year): gigs leafles, tickets, interviews, old magazines and newspapers articles… a huge, HUGE, H U G E labour of love in the name of Miles ’ genius.
I suggest everyone into this kind of stuffs to keep eyes open and wallet ready… the years covering will be random, as per Miles’ most seminal masterpieces or, should I say, milestones;-) – everything will be properly advertised and shared at due time, whjen all and every copyright and legal aspects and knots will be settled.
I saw a preview of some pages on Enrico’s Macbook and I was in jaw-dropped mode for looong minutes.
A must to own and an effort seldom seen, everywhere!
Stefano Bertoncello - Mono & Stereo Senior Contributing Writer