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With The Cellar Door Sessions Columbia Records once again sets the standard for lovingly assembled archival releases. This six album set documents a series of concerts given by Miles Davis at Washington DC’s Cellar Door Club in the winter of 1970. Fresh from the headily unmoored jams of the Jack Johnson sessions, Davis assembled a fierce electric ensemble to interpret his new work in a live setting. The Cellar Door Sessions sees Johnson session men Michael Henderson, Jack DeJohnette, and John McLaughlin joined by Keith Jarrett, Gary Bartz, and Airto Moreira. Next to Davis, Bassist Henderson and Keyboardist Jarrett are arguably the session’s most forward looking contributors. Throughout Henderson lays down a series of blisteringly nimble, hyper-repetitive electric bass runs that exude both an ageless sense of gutbucket funk and unrepentant futurism. Jarrett skitters slyly over Henderson’s vamping, cutting loose with jarringly distorted runs on “Inamorata Funky Tonk”, and filling the air with eerie chimes on the tightly wound “It’s About That Time.” The Cellar Door Sessions sees Davis moving fearlessly towards the funky musical disjunctions of On The Corner and embracing the unhinged innovations of Sly and his soulful contemporaries. In the process he created a fearsome and unprecedented brand of improvisational funk that outraged as many as it inspired.

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Fantastic voyage

this is a spectacular incarnation of another great miles band - first without john mcclaughlin and then with for the last two discs. Very interesting how the band changed... Also, this music formed the basis of "Live Evil" which is also great, but quite different. Supposedly many of actual melodic lines were stripped out of both. Buy this from your music or deep discount, though, the itunes price is ridiculous....

why is this album so expensive?

this is itunes. you don't even get the cool box with it

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Miles & Company smoke on all of these discs!!


Born: May 26, 1926 in Alton, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Throughout a professional career lasting 50 years, Miles Davis played the trumpet in a lyrical, introspective, and melodic style, often employing a stemless Harmon mute to make his sound more personal and intimate. But if his approach to his instrument was constant, his approach to jazz was dazzlingly protean. To examine his career is to examine the history of jazz from the mid-'40s to the early '90s, since he was in the thick of almost every important innovation and stylistic development in the...
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  • $39.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Pop, Fusion, Rock
  • Released: Dec 20, 2005

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