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Star People

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  • Audio CD (7 Oct. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CBS / Columbia / Sony
  • ASIN: B00002644H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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SONY 25395; SONY - Italia;

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Format: Audio CD
Quite hard to get hold of, this album is probably one of mile's greatest works of the 80's. Miles handles both trumpet and keyboards whilst other team members include al foster (drums) marcus miller (bass), bill evans (sax)and guitarists John Scofield & Mike Stern. The keyboards aren't as cheesy and buffoonish as in the decoy album, and Marcus Miller does a top job on bass, and isn't suffocating the recording with gimmicky 80's production like he did on tutu and amandla. Overall the album has an energetic live band sound, with a meaty funk/fusion style with bluesy playing from guitar great scofield.
This may not have the same musicianship as some of the miles classics like 'kind of blue', or even his 60's fusion efforts, but this is great to listen to, has a tight sound that (apart from the few dated synths maybe) is highly contemporary. It's great to hear Miles playing keyboards too, especially on the fender rhodes, where he jams along playing some fine chord progressions to what is mostly long one chord hi energy jams.
Great to see amazon stock this album that had alledgely been deleted from production (is this right?)
I highly recommend this to open minded jazz fans, and to anyone with a passing interest in jazz, funk, fusion and keep an open mind musically.
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By Adam V VINE VOICE on 22 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
Miles' 80s music is often dismissed, best known for commercial overt jazz pop, where his abilities as an innovator and composer were no longer to the fore. What is sometimes forgotten, however is that before Miles became a pop star(a luxury no one could begrudge him after over three decades of sheer genius), he produced music like that found on 'Star People.'
OK, it isn't up there with his very finest records, but this was a man approaching sixty who showed he still had what it takes. It is still very much a Miles Davis album; all the music is his, even the cover artwork is his. As ever he is surrounded by upcoming young musicians, and his own playing is inventive and exuberant. He also continues with an instrumental 'double' he began in the 70s, by playing keyboards.
In some respects, this is Miles' last jazz album, and is all the more precious for that. The album's centrepiece is the title track, an extended blues jam, dominated by superb playing from Miles, backed up well by Mike Stern on guitar. 'It Gets Better' shows Miles' lyrical touch was still there, while 'Speak' and the charming 'U'n'I' in particular are incredibly catchy, although there are hints of the more pop orientated material he was soon to embrace.
Miles plays almost entirely on muted horn, as he did for much of the 80s, and the sound is a little shrill and tinny once or twice, but that is a minor point; this is a very good album. The main message is: don't dismiss Miles' 80s music until you've heard 'Star People.'
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Bought this on a whim from Virgin in Leeds in May 1983, having come across the album racked out in their new releases section. I wasn't a Miles fan, not even remotely a jazz fan (I'm sure I didn't quite know what "jazz" was - hell, I was only 19 and basically into heavy rock!): I just went for it because a) well I've heard of Miles Davis, he's supposed to be quite important musically isn't he, I'm always looking for something new & interesting, I'll take the chance; b) great cover; c) interesting sleeve notes. Took it home, put in on, and just blown away: by the bluesiness of the title track, by the funkiness of the whole damn thing; and by the playing, Miles's trumpet, Marcus Miller's astounding bass, a couple of great guitarists in Mike Stern and John Scofield... Now, 30 years and 40+ Miles albums later, it still floats my boat. Magnificent music. (And for my next Miles purchase, I picked up the "Plugged Nickel" double LP set, and REALLY confused myself: but that's a different story...)
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