Miles Davis: On The Corner

Miles Davis: On The Corner
On The Corner

In May 1972, Miles got together again with Paul Buckmaster, an English classical cellist
involved in pop music and experimental rock, who introduced him to Karlheinz
Stockhausen’s music. The two men immediately thought up scenarios combining funk
rhythms with the formal and resonant abstractions of contemporary music. On June 1,
amid the utmost confusion, Miles called into the studio a number of musicians using a
variety of instruments: a guitarist, a bass player, multiple drummers and percussionists,
as well as three keyboards and the “Indian room” sitar and tablas. The structures
imagined by Paul Buckmaster were quickly forgotten, and when David Liebman arrived
in the studio directly from his doctor’s waiting room, he was thrust in front of the microphone
without headphones, even though the sounds of the bass, the keyboards, and the
electric guitar could only be heard in the recording booth. The only indication he was
given was the pivotal note of E flat, and the chaos created by the strangely discontinuous
polyrhythm of the percussions. The album On The Corner was completed by other
sessions that Teo Macero put into shape, and it would become a cult album for the
avant-garde of ambient and electro-jazz.
Original issue: Columbia LP C 31096
on October 11, 1972
Producer: Teo Macero
Engineers: Stan Tonkel
All compositions by Miles Davis
June 1, 1972 (a)
Miles Davis (tpt); Dave Liebman (ss);
John McLaughlin (el-g); Chick Corea (el-p);
Herbie Hancock (el-p);
Harold I. Williams (org, synth);
Collin Walcott (el-sitar);
Michael Henderson (el-b);
Jack DeJohnette (d); Billy Hart (d);
Al Foster (d); Badal Roy (tabla)
June 6, 1972 (b)/July 7, 1972 (c)
Miles Davis (tpt);
Carlos Garnett (ss on track 2, ts on track 4);
Bennie Maupin (bcl on track 2);
David Creamer (el-g on tracks 2, 3, 4);
Herbie Hancock (el-p, synth);
Chick Corea (el-p); Harold I.
Williams (org, synth);
Collin Walcott (el-sitar on tracks 3, 4);
Khalil Balakrishna (el-sitar on track 2);
Michael Henderson (el-b);
Jack DeJohnette (d); Billy Hart (d);
Al Foster (d); Badal Roy (tabla, handclaps)

1 Medley: On the Corner/New York Girl/Thinkin' One Thing And Doin' Another/Vote For Miles [a]
2 Black Satin [c]
3 One And One [b]
4 Medley: Helen Butte/Mr. Freedom X [b]

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