Michael "Patches" Stewart


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At the time of this 1998 CD, trumpeter Michael "Patches" Stewart seemed content to emulate Miles Davis of the late 1980s (as opposed to Wallace Roney's take on the Davis of twenty years earlier). The group heard on the set often sounds like Miles' last band, particularly on the tracks where altoist Kenny Garrett is present; other Davis alumni heard here include Bill Evans on tenor and soprano sax, and electric bassist Marcus Miller. The personnel and instrumentation vary a bit from track to track, with Al Jarreau guesting during an eccentric rendition of "My Funny Valentine." Stewart shows more individuality during the few spots where he does not use a mute; there are some strong moments, but the constant utilization of electronic percussion in a rather mindless manner on most tracks lowers the quality of the music. Now that Miles Davis is no longer with us, it will be interesting to see where Stewart goes from here.

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