Miles Davis - From India - A Celebration of Miles Davis Disc 2
Original Release Date: April 15 2008
Label Times Square
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Essential addition to the canon of reworked Miles (5 stars)
Some people have been disappointed that this project did not realise its full hybrid potential, and perhaps not unduly so. However, we must remember that the music of Miles' electric period was already inflected with Indian musical structures and musicians, irrespective of the extent of explicitly Indian instrumentation (surely part of its appeal to me). On Miles From India I will concede that some tracks are more successful than others in their achievement of indo-jazz synergy. But for example, Spanish Key is absolutely incredible- a really distinctive interpretation with a pronounced Indian inflection, and reason alone to purchase this. As an obsessive about this era of Miles' music, this rendition really caught my attention, filling me with delight.
Others have complained that the project suffers from the segregation of its recording, with separate sessions in India and the US (reducing the carbon footprint of its production), with the music only combined in production, thereby depriving the musicians from the dynamic intersubjectivity of shared being. This too I will partially concede. Again however, I will defend this project by noting just how successful the dynamic integration of component parts has generally been. And after all, so much of this era of Miles' music was a cut and paste job by Teo Macero anyway.
In recent years we have been treated to Bill Laswell's Panthalassa project and its dance remixes, to Henry Kaiser and Leo Wadada Smith's Yo Miles! project (producing three wonderful CDs), and to the potent live performances on the Children on The Corner album. Miles From India represents another worthy addition to a body of work that so warrants celebration through reinterpretation. Whether these projects try to innovate or replicate, I'm still happy to hear alternative versions of so many tracks that I love so much. Great stuff.
Brilliant Jazz (5 Stars)
People tend to get too deep describing classic music played by a fusion of eastern musicians with western jazz stars. All that matters is - does it sound good? This album just goes to underline just how good the music Miles Davis and his various colleagues produced over the years and how it is absolutely timeless. The striking thing about this recording is how fresh it is, absolutely no sign of when the original music was made. For me the Indian classical musicians actually improve, or at the very least equal the sound of the original recordings. The sitars, drums and other instruments, with occasional vocals ,mixing with the traditional horns etc. make Miles' music truly worldwide. Now one of my best albums and one of my best investments this year.
Miles Davis - From India - A Celebration of Miles Davis Disc 2 Tracks:
01 So What
02 Miles Runs The Voodoo Down
03 Blue In Green
04 Great Expectations
05 lfe (slow)
06 Miles From India