Jason Miles

Miles to Miles: In the Spirit of Miles Davis

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The award-winning producer/composer/keyboardist/synthesizer arranger Jason Miles pays tribute to one of his major influences, the legendary trumpeter Miles Davis. With Miles to Miles a 12-track disc featuring symbolic titles that recognize some of Davis' exquisite tastes, Jason Miles has created a masterful musical program that is resplendent with both the spirit and creative vibe of the legendary trumpeter. Jason Miles' masterful programming and synth arrangements expand the musical ideas into an otherworldly realm that was unheard of during Davis' modal period and reign with arranger/orchestrator Gil Evans in the late '50s and early '60s. The songs here are truly 21st century concepts. The set opens with "Ferrari," a reference to Davis' red motorcar and the high-speed drive that the two musicians took up the Pacific coast. The energetic rhythms capture this trip's velocity as saxophonist Michael Brecker adds an angular melody line over the electronic funk. DJ Logic's turntables add extra dimensions and colors. "Butter Pecan" is a take on the trumpeter's love of butter pecan ice cream. This track is great and features an overdubbed sax section played by Gerald Albright and a solo by Adam Holtzman. One of the brightest spots on this amazing recording is "Flamenco Sketches,"the Spanish-influenced song from Davis' classic 1959 album titled Kind of Blue. With updated lyrics and instrumental stylings written to the melodies of Davis' and John Coltrane's original solos, and guest appearances from pianist Keiko Matsui and guitarist Marc Antoine, this song comes alive with the beauty and spirit of Davis' genius. Miles to Miles was inspired by the first time Jason Miles ever met Miles Davis, who sketched a little stick figure on a note pad and autographed it "Miles to Miles" with a little trumpet. With the addition of some of contemporary jazz's most in-demand musicians, these 12 musical stories tell a tale of their creativity, inspiration, and friendship, and aptly demonstrate Jason Miles' capabilities as a true innovator.

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