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A Tribute To Jack Johnson

11 Jan. 2005 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 11 Jan. 2005
  • Release Date: 11 Jan. 2005
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
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  • Total Length: 52:27
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  • ASIN: B004IYM8GI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,533 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 1 Jun. 2005
Format: Audio CD
For those who can't afford the epic 'Complete' box-set of these sessions and are underwhelmed by the poor-sounding 1992-reissue of it, will be pleased that this brilliant soundtrack is available in something like a definitive sounding version.
Miles released many albums in his career, as such 'Jack Johnson' gets overlooked - which is a shame, as it's a definite fave of mine, though a release that alienated jazz-purists with its emphasis on guitar. 'Jack Johnson' advances on the rock-fusion stylings of 'Bitches Brew' and moves toward the fantastic rock-funk of 'On the Corner.' Davis is assisted by such players as Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Bill Cobham, Michael Henderson & Steve Grossman. To me this sounds less like jazz, and has more in common with head-music of the time made by acts like Can, Faust, Mahavishnu Orchestra (who McLaughlin was a member of) & The White Noise.
Just two epic-tracks, 'Right Off' and 'Yesternow', but two hypnotic works that suitably blow the mind; this is probably more jazz for people who don't like jazz - fans or funk or rock would love this if unfamiliar. It's less-harsh than 'Bitches Brew' or 'On the Corner' (which appear to alienate some listeners initially, as they get their heads round it) and I'd say 'Jack Johnson' is an ideal primer in this period of Miles' music as 'The Birth of the Cool' or 'Kind of Blue' were for earlier phases....
Great to see reissued, and part of a sequence of Miles-releases I favour the most- 'Big Fun', 'Live Evil', 'Get Up With It', 'In a Silent Way', 'Bitches Brew', 'Dark Magus' & 'On the Corner.' The only quibble is the fact that his co-players really deserve a credit for their immense contribution. Incidentally, the sleevenotes where Miles nods to J.J. are fantastic...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alister King on 28 April 2010
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Originally conceived as the soundtrack for a documentary on the life of the first African American heavyweight boxing champion, the rhythm of Right Off is actually based around the great fighters movements in the ring. Try it at home; its f@cking great fun. The album shows the increasing influence of rock and funk on Mile's work. There's John McLaughlin's clanging, wah-wah-driven guitar and relentless backbeat of drummer Billy Cobham. Over this though floats the Davis's long, linear, modal melodies. The groove accrues momentum building to a climax for a guitar solo by free jazz pioneer Sonny Sharrock. Its modern jazz played like hard rock.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By os TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 July 2013
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'Jack Johnson' essentially consists of two extended funky jazz-rock vamps.Despite its vintage(1970)It is an album that still sounds very fresh and ahead of its time,primarily because of the quality of musicianship and the simplicity of conception.It follows in the same vein as 'In a Silent Way' and 'Bitches Brew' and other Miles albums of the late 60's recording the band live in the studio leaving producer Teo Macero to fashion a finished artifact out of the resulting jams. The focus is not so much on composition as spontaneous creativity.Miles here is using the rawness and dynamism of rock coupled with the rhythmic pulse of funk to create a unique sense of excitement,space and opportunity for individual expression.We get to hear for instance, how guitarist John Mclaughlin uses a very catchy yet acerbic rhythmic figure on 'Right Off' to propel the band into musical orbit, drawing some very fiery wah-wah trumpet from Miles as a result.Likewise on 'Yesternow' Michael Henderson offers up a variety of repeated funk based bass lines inspiring the band into some very interesting and often off-kilter ideas.

Once this CD gets in your player,you'll be caught up in the immediacy of it all.The inventiveness and excitement never flags.I believe that 'Jack Johnson' is one of the most underrated Miles Davis productions. The band are superb, the music taut with many moments of limpid beauty and the remastering job, brilliantly done.Highly recommended.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Positive Thinker on 29 Dec. 2005
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The Penguin Guide To Jazz says that in 50 years time this album will be seen in the same or an even greater light than Bitches Brew. And I cannot disagree. Blistering playing from McLaughlin and Hancock and full on amplified Miles trumpet make the opening track (20 odd minutes from memory) a blast.
This is probably a rock album played by jazz musicians but even coming from the era when most of the great rock was produced this is right up there. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joss Hollingworth on 20 May 2013
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Miles Davis, in my own view, should be best praised not for his advancements in playing, though they are numerous, but rather his beautiful tone and lyricism; take a song like i loves you porgy and he can play it so sweetly and without compromise in the upper range. Miles lacks this here and that does slightly bring the rating down, the first song right off is 4.5 stars, John Mclaughlin is the hero here and the playing is varied and dynamic enough to warrant some interest, plus the groove is arresting. Yesternow is less impressive; it's not pedestrian but it's not altogether interesting either, it's slow but rather than feeling like a dirge or ballad, or even a brooding funk groove as you'd expect from the first track it just plods along painfully and you're begging it to get somewhere. 3 stars for Yesternow.
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