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“Tony Williams is the drummer on this record, and he was just a youngster at the time. It’s a transition album for Miles – he used to be a bebopper, and here he’s moving towards Bitches Brew. It’s right at the tail end of the strictly jazz realm of his playing.
“There’s a song called Mademoiselle Mabry that I just love. It’s really simple, but it’s not something where the drummer is just keeping the beat – it’s more textural, just meandering around the drum set and hitting things. Out of nowhere, you’ll hear this whack on the snare, but it’s the perfect whack. Why do some things just make you go, ‘Yeah!’? To somebody else, a moment like that might result in a ‘Are you kidding me? That sucks!’ [Laughs] But I love it.
“There’s a lot of moments like that on this record. Tony Williams has a touch that really sticks out. He’s also playing on a classic Zildjian K cymbal that’s really nasty… but beautiful.”