If like me you can appreciate Miles in his electronic funk mode viz: 'We Want Miles', 'Decoy' and 'You're Under Arrest' then 'Aura' could be an interesting new avenue to investigate.
The work of Miles in the 1980's + tends to be either ignored or slated. Could it be time for a reappraisal? Well on the evidence of my ears, latter day Miles certainly has its merits and 'Aura' would be a prime example of how adventurous the great man could be when in the right company, as he certainly is here. Aura' was essentially happenstance: working with composer Palle Mikelborg on a one -off basis produced a recording unlike anything else Miles had created previously. The music was more or less composed, all Miles had do was come in and play his stuff and leave the rest to Mr Mikelborg.
'Aura' is an funk, jazz, rock, affair-it feels rather chilly like an ECM production, but the playing, quality of writing and general variety of mood more then make up for any lack of Human warmth. It fuses modern electronic sounds and orchestral arrangements to create either highly atmospheric mood pieces or fiercely rhythmic vamps allowing Miles and John McLaughlin who plays brilliantly here)a platform for extended soloing, a task they sound more then happy to take up.
'Aura' repays concentrated listening - its hidden textures and interesting quirky melodies and rhythms sustain interest and excitement- so if you have a spare fiver it's definitely worth a punt!