Miles Davis: Pangaea

Miles Davis: Pangaea
Pangaea
1990
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The second of the February 1 concerts in Osaka hit the ground running with frenetic
trumpet calls in a piece that the musicians themselves called “Turnaround.” Eleven
minutes later, experts would recognize the 5-beat groove of “Tune In Five” (on which
Pete Cosey, using a pick, briefly superimposed the last riff of “Yesternow” from Jack
Johnson, titled “Willie Nelson”). As was usual in the concerts of this time, the
“Zimbabwe” suite rambled from piece to piece, each introduced by a new riff or rhythmic
call, with one of Reggie Lucas’ rare solos about 30’30 in, and then Pete Cosey’s strange
moment of electronic experimentation on his small synthesizer. Cosey ended the first
record humming and accompanying himself on the autoharp—against a background
of bells. Although the rhythm section takes off again on ”Gondwana,” the haunting riff
that introduces the second suite conveys the desolate tone of this last official recording
before Miles’ five-year withdrawal the following summer, brought on by a new and
violent state of depression and complicated health problems.
Original issue: CBS/Sony LP (J) 28AP 2169/70
in 1975 in Japan
Producer: Teo Macero
Engineer: Tomoo Suzuki
All compositions by Miles Davis
Miles Davis (tpt, org); Sonny Fortune (ss, fl);
Pete Cosey (g, synth, perc);
Reggie Lucas (el-g);
Michael Henderson (el-b); Al Foster (d);
Mtume (perc)
Recorded live at Osaka Festival Hall, Japan
on February 1, 1975

1 Zimbabwe (Live)
2 Gondwana (Live)

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