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'We Want Miles' is one of those albums from later in the career of Miles Davis that either gets overlooked or rather taken for granted. It really needs to be reassessed, Miles has assembled a great band, the recording is detailed and vivid and the performances focused yet loose. Miles himself is in good form with few hints of fragility. The band cooks. Mike Stern plays his trademark rock-meets Be-Bop solos, solos that are not far short of electrifying. He might just the star of the band. Bill Evans on sax provides plenty of additional excitement with contributions. The anchor of course is bass man Marcus Miller. He has the funk and can swing when required but he is at the centre of the rhythmic pulse at all times, keeping things together with his fluid melodic lines.
The purpose of the album is really to get the message out that the come-back material from albums like 'Man with the Horn' was very much a part of his new direction. Yet as tracks like 'My Man's Gone Now' demonstrate he was willing to refashion old tunes to fit the rockier edge in the music.This period marked a time when Miles was trying to move his ideas in to more accessible areas without compromising the 'free ' element of the music. It all works beautifully. The material is uniformly strong. Unlike the open ended jams that characterise albums like 'Live at Filmore East', here the tracks, long though they are, have a structured composed feel that allow for improvisation without wandering excessively.
'We Want Miles' is a great album. It will bear repeated listening. The level of individual musicianship and group interplay is sufficiently sophisticated to interest even the most jaded ears.