Miles Davis ‘E.S.P.’ is the first album recorded with his second great quintet featuring Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams and released in November 1965 by Columbia.
Track Listing : 1.E.S.P. (Wayne Shorter) – 05:27 . 2.Eighty-One (Ron Carter, Miles Davis) – 06:11 . 3.Little One (Herbie Hancock) – 07:21 . 4.R.J. (Ron Carter) – 03:56 . 5.Agitation (Miles Davis) – 07:46 . 6.Iris (Wayne Shorter) – 08:29 . 7.Mood (Ron Carter, Miles Davis) – 08:50
Musicians : Miles Davis – Trumpet . Wayne Shorter – Tenor Saxophone . Herbie Hancock – Piano . Ron Carter – Double Bass . Tony Williams – Drums
Production : Produced By Irving Townsend
Package : Bob Cato – Photography . Gene Santoro – Liner Notes
Recorded 20–22 January 1965 At Columbia Studios, Hollywood, La.
Released In November 1965 By Columbia.
Wilson & Alroy’s Record Reviews
Considering that the quintet had recently formed, “E.S.P.” does seem like a plausible explanation for the band’s uncannily sensitive interplay – they support and complement each other as if they’d grown up playing together. At this point Shorter’s tone sounds a lot like Trane’s, but he’s already impressively himself […]
Many of you will be outraged that I’ve only given E.S.P. 3 1/2 stars when it is clearly so brilliant. You’ve got a point. But as embarassing as it might be, I’ve got to be honest and admit that I find it much easier to admire E.S.P. than to love it. […]
finulanu @ RateYourMusic
Then you get to side two. “Agitation” has a fucking AMAZING drum solo – it’s not often that I say “Holy shit, nice two minute drum solo that just happened there,” but this is Tony Williams, so you know. […]