This chapter outlines the studio recording of the album E.S.P., the first album where the members of the Davis quintet steered away from their hard bop roots. It first provides a brief overview of the innovations made during the studio recording, mainly emphasizing the reliance on slow harmonic rhythm, softer dynamic range, and a heightened use of space. It examines the singles “Iris”, “Little One”, “E.S.P.”, and “Agitation”, and analyzes their harmonic progressions and chorus structure. It also examines the individual harmonies from the standpoint of underlying modal/scalar collections, showing how some of the harmonic progressions reflect modal changes that shift by a single pitch.
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