Miles Davis A Tribute to Jack Johnson on Numbered Edition Hybrid SACD
Soundtrack Merges Electric Fusion, Slashing Rock, and Aggressive Funk Via Astounding Lineup: Guitarist John McLaughlin and Trumpeter Davis Turn In Blistering Performances
Miles Davisâ€™ A Tribune to Jack Johnson is the best jazz-rock record ever made. Equally inspired by the leaderâ€™s desire to assemble the â€œgreatest rock and roll band you have ever heardâ€ as well as his adoration of Johnson, Davis created a hard-hitting set that spills over with excitement, intensity, majesty, and power. Bridging the electric fusion heâ€™d pursued on earlier efforts with a funkier, dirtier rhythmic approach, Davis zeroes in on concepts of spontaneity, freedom, and identity seldom achieved in the studio. Our reissue brings it all to fore with unsurpassed realism.
Mastered from the original master tapes, this collectable audiophile version of A Tribute to Jack Johnson
joins the ranks of eleven other essential Davis sets given supreme sonic and packaging treatment. The most prominent difference longtime fans will notice is how much more aggressive and immediate the music sounds, aspects central to the composerâ€™s desires. Amazing degrees of instrumental separation and imaging allow you to focus on singular musicians and the roles they play.
Indeed, utilizing wah-wah and distortion, guitarist John McLaughlin comes on here with a nasty edge, slashing style, and vicious streak that allows A Tribute to Jack Johnson
finally cross the divide between rock and jazz. Davis puts both feet in the former camp and permanently erasing any gap. In addition to highlighting McLaughlinâ€™s ripping performances, our SACD showcases the headlinerâ€™s white-hot trumpet solos like never before. Bristling with exuberance, Davisâ€™ high-register passages explode with authority and commanding presence. Around him, a barrage of urgent backbeats, knifing riffs, and three-dimension bass lines emerge amidst an ink-black background.
The least-well known true masterpiece of Davisâ€™ career, the 1971 recordâ€”like Bitches Brew, seamlessly assembled from sessions by producer Ted Maceroâ€”was a victim of scant promotion. But to those that heard it, among them critic/musician Robert Quine and renowned writer Robert Christgau, A Tribute to Jack Johnson
surpasses everything that came before. Davis treated it as a personal manifesto: An opportunity to salute the championship boxer admired for his threatening image to the establishment and taste in clothes, cars, women and music. Davis explains in the liner notes his affinity for Johnsonâ€”a stance revealed in the music, which simultaneously hits with a prize fighterâ€™s brutal force and reflects the graceful elegance with which a pugilist navigates the ring.
Producer and journalist Michael Cuscuna may have summed up the recordâ€™s significance in 2003: â€œThe dense textures introduced and developed the prior fall on the Bitches Brew recording sessions gave way to a lean, stripped-down, guitar-heavy sound. There was now only one drummer, and that kept the groove more pronounced and defined. The three-keyboard configuration appears only on the last session; the rest have none, one, or two, and they are used sparingly.â€
By any measure, A Tribute to Jack Johnson
is a monster album. Experience it the way Davis wouldâ€™ve wanted you to hear it.Miles Davis A Tribute to Jack Johnson Track Listing:
1. Right Off