If you want one representative album of latter day Miles, then this superior live recording is an easy disc to recommend. Many critics have written off MD's flirtation with pop tunes and funk, suggesting that this was simply going with a trend, when Miles was the one who used to set them. This is a highly accessible fusion record. Is it jazz, well depending your point of view, it is more or less then that. I admire just about all of Miles' output, although I stop short at some efforts, such as 'Man with the Horn' and `Star People' so you might want to disregard what I say. So when I blithely state that this is a very, very good album, I am not blind to some of the flaws of this set.
This is a very entertaining set for a number of reasons. Firstly because it highlights that despite the obvious frailty of Mile's playing, he still had that God -given tone and inventiveness. His statement of the melody on tracks like 'Time After Time' is deeply moving. He sounds involved in the music. He is directing all that goes on and listens all the time to what his band are doing and judging by the evidence of my ears at least, is enjoying himself immensely. The next reason that comes to mind is that this band is very, very good indeed. I loved the 'lead' bass of Foley throughout and of course players like saxophonist Kenny Garrett and keyboardist Joey De Franco are far from slouches. Finally, there is a wealth of great material here, from the accelerated funk of 'Wrinkle' and 'Intruder' to a lovely version of 'Human Nature, where the band really get to show off their chops and not to forget of course, the ever lovely 'In a Silent Way', its a very consistent and thoughtfully assembled collection of cuts. Buy!