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Editors’ Notes

Released in 1983, this is Miles Davis’ third album into his comeback after a six-year layoff in the late ‘70s. Here he uses the nucleus of his second-to-last band: bassist Marcus Miller, guitarists John Scofield and Mike Stern (who kicks up a real ruckus on the title track), drummer Al Foster, and saxophonist Bill Evans. Davis still embraces a fusion of rock, jazz, and funk, but the density of the music heard on albums like On the Corner has been set aside in favor something more stripped-down and even bluesy at times. Davis’ playing has bright moments as he continues to regain his form, notably soloing on “It Gets Better” and the title track. While some of this sounds close to the territories of Michael Jackson and Prince (“Speak” and “U ‘N’ I”)—and the dated synthesizer tones would haunt this final phase—the actual tone of Davis' trumpet with mute sounds rich and multidimensional. This is only available digitally or as part of a boxed set; it's a chance for fans to fill in a hole.

Customer Reviews

Great Music!!

In my opinion, it's a Miles Davis must buy. It's great to hear both John Scofield and Mike Stern play on these tunes. Also the Itunes review is correct, the Bill Evans on this recording is in fact a sax player. Not to be confused with the great Bill Evans, piano player.

Reply to floydian31

It's a different Bill Evans, floydian31. THIS Bill Evans played (and still plays) the sax. Yes, it's true, Miles played with two different Bill Evans' BTW: Yes, this is some of Miles' best 80s stuff.

first miles i ever heard

strangely, this was the first miles davis i actually listened to. i worked my way backwards from here, which was a pretty weird way to discover this genius's vast catalog. anyway, this album is funky (thanks to marcus layin it down), and the stern/sco pairing reminds me of other great jazz guitar albums like marc johnson's first bass desires album. favorites are come get it, speak, and u'n'i (which is beautifully cheesy). by the way al foster is tight tight tight.

Biography

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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