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Decoy [Import]

Miles Davis Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Oct 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Jazz
  • ASIN: B000026H31
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,001 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Decoy
2. Robot 415
3. Code M.D.
4. Freaky Deaky
5. What It Is
6. That's Right
7. That's What Happened

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Miles DAVIS Decoy CD

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4.0 out of 5 stars Coy? 13 Dec 2006
Format:Audio CD
Suprised to see no one has reviewed this album. Its an intriguing piece of music, especially the 4 very muscular blues/jazz/chromatic/funk tracks - Decoy, What it is, Thats Right & Thats what happened. I think all of these tracks include Branfod Marsalis on Saxaphone, indeed Brandford is quoted as saying he believes his playing on the track Decoy is the best hes ever done. The last 3 tracks are all recorded live with a stonking bass drums and guitar line up (Marcus Miller, Al Foster, John Scofield/Mike Stern). This is adventurous and highly creative music. The other tracks will I believe divide fans - they are mainly bass and synth work outs focusing on escherlike infinite grooves, wierd chord changes and slightly cold electronic tones. Personally I love 'em, especially Freaky Deaky which could go on for ever - but doesn't! In conclusion, this isn't a ballads album, its not a pop album, its not jazz (ie Bop). Its brave, its blues based, its chromatic and it repays repeated listens - it is also funky. Sounded hip to me when I was growing up listening to hip hop and Prince in the 80's and still sounds fresh and relevant to me today. The individual playing and soloing is also great all round.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get out of a funk with funk 31 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
One of Miles Davis' greatest recordings from his later period in life.
Miles Davis had a rough time in early 1980's. Struggling with addictions he had started the decade completely out of music and the public eye. Slowly he started making albums again, once again gathering around him great bands of talented musicians all fired up and bristling with ideas that few but Miles knew how to channel. I first heard John Scofield and Darryl 'The Munch' Jones on this album, and on here you will find some real blistering funky tracks that just cannot be ignored.
Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fusion from another world 12 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
Late period Miles. This is an album that gives little ground to commercial success. If you can imagine souped-up, mechanized funk with tones of Weather Report then you are probably close to where Miles is heading on this album. The whole thing is very direct, stripped down and even in places rather harsh in its relentless search for the place where groove meets chromaticism. Think cop -movie themes with a dose of paranoia attached, that's the basic musical atmosphere of this set.

I personally really enjoy this album, but it's not for everyone, admittedly. It is Miles taking the ideas of 'Bitches Brew ' and 'Jack Johnson' and tightening them up for a modern audience. The band add considerably to the affair- John Scofield comes up with numerous guitar interjections and solos throughout while Brandford Marsalis on Soprano Sax is absolutely cooking on 'Decoy' the album opener. So,' Decoy' is a bit of an acquired taste but at least it shows that Miles always sought to be his own man, even if sometimes this led him up the occasional blind alley.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great deal and fast delivery. 11 May 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Miles Davis' early 80s albums are of his electric period. 'You are under arrest' album is an absolute classic and 'Decoy' complete it beautifully.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles Davis Gets Funked Up! 5 Aug 2003
By Andre' S Grindle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
No matter who backed him up,Miles always played in
his own way and one could always tell it was him.The trio of songs that begin the album-the tital cut,"Robot 415" and
"Code M.D." are pulsing electro-funk hip/hop numbers that stand as the beginnings of jazz-hop and are therefore a precurser to what Gang Starr and Digable planets would be doing a decade
later."What Is It" and "That's What Happened" are organic,white-
hot,live-in-the-studio jams where Miles blows like a siren.The
moody "Freaky Deaky" and "That's Right" add enough change of pace
to make this one of Mile's better 80's albums by far!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive 80's Miles CD 24 April 2000
By Joseph A. Gross - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD defines a whole new approach to improvisation. If you can find it, check out John Scofield's interview in Downbeat which came out shortly after Decoy was released on vinyl. It explains in depth the improvisational concept of this CD, which, for musicians, can be applied over any tune or set of chord changes. As usual, Miles is the ultimate combination of listener accessability and creative genius. A genius in his own right, Robet Irving III contributes some slick compositions, voicings, and programming on this CD also. A must have.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 80's work from Miles 4 April 2013
By 28 ByPass - Published on Amazon.com
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Miles in somewhat of a transition just coming out of retirement a few years earlier. Hints of his urban jazz tendencies that would follow in You're Under Arrest are evident. Good supporting especially rhythm section of Jones and Foster. Good soprano work from Branford Marsalis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best later Miles disc 19 July 2008
By Earsby - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Miles' Decoy is a great fusion album. If you rate it lower than 5 stars be prepared to rate all 80s fusion albums below it. Why? Because it retains the originality and style Miles has always had, and it hasn't yet moved into "cover tune" territory. Miles allowed his players to put their individual stamp on his music. Jones, Scofield, Foster, Marsalis, etc. All place a great stamp of their own on Miles' Decoy. It has a modern feel to it, and yes, there are synths on it. I like that. The band is performing better than any "fusion" bands of the time, and they are remaining harmonically, rhythmically, and melodically original--unlike most of the Fusion and all of the past-derived "jazz" that was starting to hit the scene at the time. There are metric modulations and interesting changes happening here, unlike funk-influenced "pop-jazz" or "cool Jazz" fusion that was all over the place back then.

I was really just starting to get into Miles Davis when Decoy was out, in the mid-80s. I bought this on cassette when LPs were waning in popularity and cassettes were starting to gain more prominent use. CDs were around but they were a new format. I played this album lots when I bought it and it was my "gateway" Miles Davis CD that got me hooked on Miles. So, I can say with confidence that there is a musical "density" to this music that definitely puts it on par with Miles' other music before and, certainly, after.

The improvisational quality of this music is such that it can withstand repeated listens and still you find something new--that is the consistent quality that all of Miles' best recordings have. So I suggest that Decoy is incredible for you whether or not you're a "completionist" fan of Miles Davis.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Miles Gets It Back STRONG!!! 26 Feb 2007
By P. McKenna - Published on Amazon.com
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Of any of Miles' 1980's period recordings, "Decoy" for my money is one of the best of the batch from a musical/compositional standpoint. And with the likes of drummer Al Foster, guitarist John Scofield and saxmeister Branford Marsalis, how could you go wrong?

The opening title track is particularly strong, conveying the mystery, urgency and intensity that was Miles. "Robot 415" ain't half bad either, even with all the synths still magages to create a strong mood in its brief span. "Code M.D" is somewhat sabotaged by the stiff drum-machine rhythm (live drums would've really made it sparkle) though it does have a very compelling harmonic/melodic shape despite that flaw. "Freaky Deaky" with it's repeating bass line had some potential but falls flat on its face.

The strongest cuts are the last 3, "What It Is" a manic funk track that would've been very much at home in the opening credits of an old Quinn Martin crime drama (all it's missing is the voiceover of one Hank Simms grimly intoning "Tonight's Episode---"), "That's Right" pours on the sloooowww, smoldering blues and things wrap up with "That's What Happened" a tour de force, on which the melody and harmonic structure is interestingly enough, a transcription of a VERY inspired John Scofield guitar solo from the previous "Star People" album (on the track "Speak").

All told,a good solid effort, far more listeniable than most of Miles' 80's efforts.
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