Jason Miles

World Tour

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Imagine having talent like Michael Brecker, Bob Berg and Dave Samuels on board, then not giving them enough room to stretch out. That's exactly what happens on electric keyboardist Jason Miles' World Tour -- a sometimes radio-friendly jazz/pop/R&B album that overall, is marred by an excess of production and a shortage of improvisation. Miles' songs themselves aren't all bad -- far from it. In fact, the keyboardist (who played on Miles Davis' Tutu) shows a knack for haunting and imaginative melodies on such pieces as "Houses in the Amazon," "Miles to Miles" and the Asian-flavored "Ginza" (which finds R&B great Luther Vandross contributing background vocals). Miles, who has a fairly appealing sound, does unchain himself and let loose on the jazz-funk smoker "The Hang." But unfortunately, that song is the exception rather than the rule. If there's a lesson to be learned here, it's that less can definitely be more when it comes to producing jazz.

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