Miles Davis
Rubberband
Warner Records- Rhino 2019

Music - 5 stars

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Review

Miles Davis, the prince of darkness, the baddest man who ever lived, got funky in his later years.

There are many periods of Miles’s music from Bop, the “Birth of the Cool”, the first great quintet with John Coltrane, orchestral work with Gil Evans, “Kind of Blue" with Bill Evans, the second great quintet with Shorter, Hancock, Williams and Carter, “Silent Way”, “Jack Johnson”, “Bitches Brew” and finally the funk.

This album was never finished when it was recorded in 1985 and 1986 and most of it was never released. Miles’s nephew Vince Wilburn Jr. on drums, and many of the musicians who played on the original recordings finished the album with additional material.

Miles shines throughout, floating over the funk and vocals . Anyone familiar with his later music will love this album. The added material is true to the form of the music on the albums “Tutu” 1986 and “Amandla”, 1989.

I think Miles would have been pleased with this effort.

- TPW