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In June 1972, Miles Davis entered Columbia’s 52nd St. Studios to record music that was eventually released as On The Corner and part of Big Fun – stuff that was so far out and future perfect, it was its own genre. The Complete On The Corner Sessions is a collection of more than 6 1/2 hours of music covering Miles’ studio recordings from 1972-1975 – including over two hours of previously unreleased material, plus five tracks available for the first time in unedited form – whose reputation precedes it and retains the signature spirit of an artist ever-changing.
As a bandleader, bringing in influences as diverse as funk, R&B, jazz, world, rock and 20th century classical music – Miles was breaking down boundaries and creating a music whose elements could be extracted for any musical genre, and in turn influenced a whole new generation of artists. This innovation of style, in concert with producer Teo Macero’s creative editing technique, laid the foundation and informed whole new genres… drum & bass, hip-hop, electronica.
This box set tells the compelling story of a three-year odyssey of genre-defying innovation that rocked the jazz establishment. In addition to core band members Michael Henderson, Pete Cosey, Mtume, Dave Liebman, Reggie Lucas and Al Foster, Miles brings in another 20 hand-picked musicians between 1972-1975, each bringing their own musical influences to the group’s sound. Miles again sets new standards, creating an unparalleled legacy.
From the new box set liner notes:
“When we recorded In Concert: Live At Philharmonic Hall, that was the first time I realized the divide that Miles was creating. When we finished that night, all the audience could do was stare. Young people were in awe because they were introduced to a new music that had never been heard before. The old jazz fans of his were confused; some of them were actually angry. After that concert, a critic – I can’t remember his name – ran up and said, “Miles, every move you’ve made musically, I’ve been there. But I can’t get to where you’re at now.” Miles looked at him and he said, “What the f*** am I supposed to do, muthaf***ah, wait for you to get there?” – Mtume
BOX SET HIGHLIGHTS:
- – Features Michael Henderson, Al Foster, Mtume, Dave Liebman, Sonny Fortune, Carlos Garnett, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Reggie Lucas, Pete Cosey, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Hart, Badal Roy, Don Alias, Bennie Maupin, Lonnie Liston Smith, Cedric Lawson and more.
- – 120-page full-color booklet with brand new essays by arranger/composer Paul Buckmaster and music journalist Tom Terrell
- – Includes dozens of rare photos, plus new illustrations from original illustrator Corky McCoy
- – Produced by multi-GRAMMY winners Bob Belden and Michael Cuscuna
- – 24-bit digitally mastered by GRAMMY-winning engineer Mark Wilder