Miles Davis: The Man With The Horn

Miles Davis: The Man With The Horn
The Man With The Horn
1984
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Miles’ nephew Vince Wilburn was responsible for getting the trumpeter out of the
suicidal withdrawal in which he had enclosed himself since 1975. Wilburn, a drummer
in a Chicago group that played music that combined funk, soul, and fusion jazz, persuaded
his uncle in New York to join them in the studio. Miles, however, no longer had the
same technical facility and had to record his trumpet parts later. He also met the
saxophonist Bill Evans, the bass guitarist Marcus Miller, and called the drummer Al
Foster back. The result was a hybrid record, divided between the Chicago group’s
pieces that he himself referred to as “bubble gum music” and a very free jazz-rock,
though less somber and dense than the damp jungles he wandered through without
direction during the 70s. The hit “The Man With The Horn” and its sugary-sweet refrain
received a lot of airplay on FM stations. Jazz lovers, rejoicing in Miles’ return, delighted
in the rest of the repertory. But it was Mike Stern’s incandescent solo on “Fat Time”
that everyone relished.
Original issue: Columbia LP FC 36790
in July 1981
Producer: Teo Macero
Engineer: Stan Tonkel,
Don Puluse (track 1 only)
May 1980 (a): Miles Davis (tpt);
Bill Evans (ss, ts, fl); Robert Irving III
(synth); Randy Hall (el-g, celeste, synth,
voc); Felton Crews (el-b); Vincent Wilburn,
Jr. (d); Angela Bofill's Singers (voc)
January 1981 (b): Miles Davis (tpt);
Bill Evans (ss, ts, fl); Barry Finnerty (g);
Marcus Miller (el-b); Al Foster (d);
Sammy Figueroa (perc)
March 1981 (c): Miles Davis (tpt);
Bill Evans (ss); Mike Stern (el-g);
Marcus Miller (el-b); Al Foster (d);
Sammy Figueroa (perc)
May 6, 1981 (d): Miles Davis (tpt);
Bill Evans (ss, ts, fl); Robert Irving III (el-p, arr);
Randy Hall (synth, arr); Barry Finnerty (el-g);
Felton Crews (el-b); Vincent Wilburn, Jr. (d);
Sammy Figueroa (perc)
All tracks recorded at Columbia Studios, NYC

1 Fat Time [c]
2 Back Seat Betty [b]
3 Shout [d]
4 Alda [b]
5 The Man With The Horn [a]
6 Ursula [b]

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