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Perfect Way: The MilesDavis Anthology The Warner Bros. Years CD

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  • Audio CD (18 Oct. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: CLASSICAL
  • ASIN: B004301EJY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,555 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Tutu
  2. Splatch
  3. Don't Lose Your Mind
  4. Perfect Way
  5. Rubber Band
  6. Digg That
  7. Catembe
  8. Mr. Pastorius
  9. Hannibal
  10. Amandla
  11. Murder
  12. You Won't Forget Me

Disc: 2

  1. Concert On The Runway
  2. Trumpet Cleaning
  3. The Doo-Bop Song
  4. Mystery
  5. The Pan Piper
  6. Summertime
  7. Solea
  8. In A Silent Way
  9. Time After Time
  10. Portia
  11. Carnival Time
  12. Human Nature

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BBC Review

Perfect Way is the remnant of a planned six-CD box set, subsequently reduced to four CDs and then finally emerging as this more modest two-disc package. Miles Davis completists will be gnashing their teeth over the continuing unavailability of much of the work he recorded for Warner Brothers during the last six years of his life, but Perfect Way does include five previously unreleased tracks, as well as selections from three studio recordings, one live compilation and two soundtracks.

Disc one features four pieces from the controversial Tutu; two related, unreleased tracks from the earlier Rubber Band Sessions; four tracks from Amandla; plus a soundtrack duet with bluesman John Lee Hooker from the Dennis Hopper movie The Hot Spot and a guest appearance with jazz vocalist Shirley Horn. Upon its release, Tutu horrified jazz purists who still worshiped at the shrine of the late 1960s pre-electric Davis quintet, but producer/programmer Marcus Miller’s mixture of dub, funk and Weather Report-style fusion is skilfully done, with Davis fully committed to the music and playing with panache. Likewise with Amandla, which genre hops comfortably between ballads, disco, swing and African zouk. The Amandla selections included here – Catembé, Mr Pastorius, Hannibal and the title-track – are well chosen.

Disc two will surely bring the second-guessers out in force. It includes two pieces from the Dingo movie soundtrack, two riff-based selections from Doo-Bop, three collaborations with Quincy Jones at the 1991 Montreux Jazz Festival, two selections from the Live Around the World CD and three previously unreleased tracks from the 1986 Nice Jazz Festival. The Doo-Bop tracks are undistinguished, and the Quincy Jones material, which revisits classic Davis/Gil Evans pieces from the late 1950s – Summertime, Solea and The Pan Piper – is an affectionate tribute, but given Davis’ failing health at the time the originals are far superior. However, the two Dingo soundtrack pieces, arranged by Michel Legrand, are vintage hard bop, and Davis displays his signature melancholic lyricism on a lengthy live version of Time After Time. Additional selections from Live Around the World would have been welcome, but the three unreleased tracks from the Nice Jazz Festival – Portia, Carnival and Human Nature – are worthy replacements. They capture Davis and his 1986 touring band in absolutely top form.

Like most anthologies of its kind, this is a mixed bag at best, but it nonetheless contains convincing evidence of Davis’ continuing artistic ability and relevance during his final years.

--Bill Tilland

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This is a good introduction to those who don't own the Warners recordings of Miles Davis.The cd set includes unissued tracks,all of which are excellent,especially Portia,Carnival Time and Human Nature.Miles certainly was in a rock vein,and Rubber Band(another unissued track)exposes his interest in funk.However,one track,the Shirley Horn vocal,You Won't Forget Me is rather irritating by the inclusion of a constant drum beat which seems at odds with this smokey ballad.Very distracting!
However,the purchase of this disc should encourage the listener to buy the individual albums,especially Dingo,Live At Montreux and Live Around The World.
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Everyone will have their own ''best of'' selection from this period - and this is pretty good to my ears - BUT, it is always a little annoying when complilations do not use the full time potential of the CD format - these 2 discs are 63 and 65 minutes - a full 30 minutes, in total, short of what they could be !!!! The music is ***** if you like this period - but this package is docked a star for being a bit mean.
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By NDA on 15 Dec. 2010
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This was a gift for a Miles Davies fan - a huge fan! He loves this, so it must be good.
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