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A TRIBUTE TO JACK JOHNSON

Miles Davis

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.24 | 134 ratings

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Evolver
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2 stars Yes, I understand that Miles was an amazingly good trumpet player. I know about his influence as an innovator in jazz.

But this album, on the whole is not that good.

It consists of two songs. The first, "Right Off", is primarily a jam, based on a rhythm that could be playing Jeff Beck's "Freeway Jam (I know this album was earlier). While the performance is good, the production and direction is extremely choppy. At one point, the band stops, Miles solos alone off in another direction, and what sounds like another take of the same jam fades in. Later on, the song almost ends, John McLaughlin begins a totally unrelated funk lick for a short time, and once again, the band fades in with the "Freeway Jam" thing. Then Herbie Hancock starts what sounds like an amazing organ solo, but ends it all too soon.

The second track is a bit better, the edits are not quite as obvious, but as noted in the notes on this album's page, part of the song is played by an almost completely different band. It gives the song a choppy feel.

The whole thing to me just doesn't play well. At least Miles' playing is great on it.

Evolver | 2/5 |

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