On The Corner @ 50

Source: burning ambulance.

On the Corner sounds like nothing else in Miles Davis’s discography. (It should go without saying that it doesn’t sound like anything anybody else had ever made up to that point, either.) He was in the studio several times during the summer of 1972, but the other sessions, which produced “Ife” (issued on Big Fun), “Rated X” (from Get Up With It), and “Chieftain” and “Jabali,” neither of which came out until 2007, are stripped-down, heavy funk. On the Corner is an almost impossibly dense jungle of sound, instruments crawling all over each other like creeping vines.