Miles Davis: We Want Miles

Miles Davis: We Want Miles
We Want Miles
1981
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After the procrastinations of The Man With The Horn, We Want Miles went smoothly.
Miles was definitely back and ready to go on the road to perform for his fans who had
been awaiting him for six years. From June 26 to 29, 1981, he got himself into shape at
Kix, a Boston club. At first the musicians—the group from “Fat Time,” including Mino
Cinelu who took over on percussion—were a bit disturbed by the extremely informal
rehearsals. But very quickly each one found his bearings in these jam session-like
numbers, which passed from swing to funk, and even reggae, and in which an unhoped-for
standard, George Gershwin’s “My Man’s Gone Now,” was slipped in. More convivial than
usual, Miles smiled at his audience and, with the use of a wireless microphone, moved
around the stage while performing his music. During the tour that followed (notably in
Japan), he delighted his audience with his playful shimmying in “Jean Pierre.” Since
1958, this piece had often appeared fleetingly in his solos (see Saturday Night - At The
Blackhawk N°15, and My Funny Valentine N°20) and in Boston was hinted at briefly in
“Kix.” It would be the great hit of his comeback. Added as a bonus are versions of
“Ursula,” “Aida” and “Fat Time,” taken from the same concert in Japan during which
“Jean Pierre“ was recorded.
Original issue: Columbia LP C2 38005
in April 1982
Producer: Teo Macero
Engineers: Buddy Graham, Don Puluse,
Hank Altman, Ted Brosnan
All compositions by Miles Davis,
unless otherwise indicated
June 27, 1981 (a)
Miles Davis (tpt); Bill Evans (ss, ts, fl, el-p);
Mike Stern (el-g); Marcus Miller (el-b);
Al Foster (d); Mino Cinelu (perc)
Recorded live at the Kix Club, Boston, MA
July 5, 1981 (b)
Same personnel as June 27
Avery Fisher Hall/Lincoln Center, NYC
October 4, 1981 (c)
Same personnel as June 27
Recorded live at Shinjuku Nishi-Guchi Hiroba,
Tokyo, Japan
Note: Disc 1, tracks 5-6 and Disc 2, track 3 previously
issued only in Japan on the CD Miles! Miles! Miles!
(CBS/Sony SRCS 6513/14), November 1, 1992.

1 Jean Pierre [c]
2 Back Seat Betty [b]
3 Fast Track [a]
4 Jean Pierre [c]
6 Kix [a]
Producer: Teo Macero

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