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Miles Davis – Rubberband (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Miles Davis – Rubberband (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:01:41 minutes | 1,27 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Rhino – Warner Records

Previously unreleased albums from Miles Davis are few and far between. So this record, released by Warner Bros. and Rhino in September 2019, is exciting to say the least. Recorded in 1985, these pieces were not strictly written during the trumpeter’s heyday. That year, Miles shocked everybody by leaving Columbia, his record label for over 30 years, to join Warner. The move was all the more surprising given that over the preceding few years he had enjoyed commercial success thanks to The Man With the Horn (1981), Star People (1983), Decoy (1984) and the rather commercialised You’re Under Arrest (1985). In October, at the age of 59, he began recording a new album entitled Rubberband in Los Angeles with producers Randy Hall and Zane Giles. During the sessions the trumpeter took his playing in a radically new direction, incorporating funk and soul grooves into his music. He even planned on recruiting Al Jarreau and Chaka Khan for the vocals. However, the album was never released and instead Miles Davis turned his attention to working on his famous Tutu with Marcus Miller, leaving Rubberband’s tracks unreleased for over three decades. But now, the treasure chest has been finally opened. The album was completed by its original producers – Hall and Giles – along with Vince Wilburn Jr., Miles Davis’ nephew who played the drums in the original sessions. The eighties synth-drenched sound features a funk/disco rhythm section. In fact, some tracks, on which Miles is rather discreet, do not sound jazzy at all (especially those featuring vocals by Ledisi and Lalah Hathaway). In any case, it is impossible to listen to Rubberband, which was conceived with keyboardists Adam Holzman, Neil Larsen and Wayne Linsey, percussionist Steve Reid, saxophonist Glen Burris and drummer Vince Wilburn, Jr., without thinking about that very distinct musical period. Nevertheless, on themes such as See I See, Miles’ distinctive phrases are still as impressive as ever. And throughout the album he unleashes a few soaring solos. More than enough to satisfy his fans anyway. – Max Dembo

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The Miles Davis Quintet – The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions (Mono Remastered) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

The Miles Davis Quintet – The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions (Mono Remastered) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 03:11:39 minutes | 8,25 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front cover | © Craft Recordings

Celebrating the 70th anniversary of Prestige Records, the selection presents the quintet’s marathon sessions for the iconic jazz label, recorded between 1955–56, which resulted in classic albums such as Cookin’, Relaxin’, Workin’, and Steamin’.

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Miles Davis – Tutu (1986/2011) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Miles Davis – Tutu (1986/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 42:47 minutes | 1,75 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Rhino/Warner Bros.

One of Miles Davis’ late career-defining masterworks and the winner of two Grammy® Awards, Tutu found Davis again revolutionizing jazz by bringing it further into the realm of rock, funk, and R&B. The album features compositions by multiple Grammy winning bassist/songwriter Marcus Miller.

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Miles Davis – Doo-Bop (1992/2011) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Miles Davis – Doo-Bop (1992/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 43:45 minutes | 1,86 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Rhino/Warner Bros.

Miles Davis’s last studio project is an adventurous collision of jazz and hip-hop.

If On the Corner suggested hip-hop beats as far back as two decades ago, then consider Doo-Bop as offspring. Miles’ teaming with producer Easy Mo Bee is a natural — more in league with England’s acid jazz scene than anything in the trumpeter’s recent canon. Those who’ve howled over the post-Bitches Brew work will find no solace here; instead, chalk this up as one of Miles’ most entertaining efforts.

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Miles Davis – Amandla (1989/2011) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Miles Davis – Amandla (1989/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 43:50 minutes | 1,8 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover

Amandla was Miles’ perfect departure from Tutu, and a comeback for himself and his right-hand man, the composer Marcus Miller. The album features investigations into the possibilities of contemporary synthesizers and drum machines. But unlike Tutu, Miles and Miller supply a satisfactory amount of real orchestral instrumentation, real drums, percussion and guitars.

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Miles Davis featuring Stan Getz – Move (1991/2003/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Miles Davis featuring Stan Getz – Move (1991/2003/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 01:15:35 minutes | 639 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © RevOla

Organised jam sessions at New York’s legendary Birdland Club were broadcast twice weekly during the late ’40’s and early ’50’s and a baker’s dozen of tracks featuring the magnificent Miles Davis have been selected for this collection. The various pick-up line-ups included all the great jazz musicians of the era, and tenor sax genius Stan Getz can be heard here on several tracks beautifully complimenting Miles’ wonderful trumpet excursions. This album has been early issued on CD under the titles “Miles Davis: The Birdland Sessions” (1994), “Miles Davis: Out Of The Blue” (1997), “Miles Davis featuring Stan Getz : Birdland Days” (1991), “Miles Davis, Stan Getz: Move” (2003).

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Miles Davis – Miles in the Sky (1968/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Miles Davis – Miles in the Sky (1968/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 51:04 minutes | 1,33 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Columbia – Legacy

An electrifying experience as Davis moves away from his traditional quintet sound toward a more jazz/rock feel later to be known as fusion. Illuminated by Herbie Hancock’s Fender Rhodes, along with a guest appearance by George Benson on Paraphernalia.

Clive Davis, the new head of Columbia, understood the implications of the rise of pop, rock, and folk music. He strongly urged the jazzmen in his catalogue to evolve or to leave. Both intrigued and scornful of the white man’s music, Miles was inspired to take up the challenge and leave the ghetto of popular black music—soul and funk—to which he felt rock music was indebted. Beginning in December 1967, he experimented in the studio, much like the Beatles, letting the tapes turn continuously and leaving the editing to his producer Teo Macero. He imposed an electrical keyboard on Herbie Hancock and frequently called in a guitarist. Taking the initiative again, he wrote two titles: “Country Son,” with its contrasting moods, and “Stuff,” unabashedly funk, with Ron Carter on the electric bass guitar. On “Paraphernalia,” Wayne Shorter continued to explore his imaginary constructions which George Benson’s guitar (à la Wes Montgomery) coarsened, while Tony Williams invented paranormal computations in “Black Comedy.” The album was entitled Miles In The Sky, with a nod to the Beatles’ song “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.”

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Miles Davis – Sorcerer (1967/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Miles Davis – Sorcerer (1967/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 40:32 minutes | 1,67 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia – Legacy

Sorcerer, the third album by the second Miles Davis Quintet, is in a sense a transitional album, a quiet, subdued affair that rarely blows hot, choosing to explore cerebral tonal colorings. Even when the tempo picks up, as it does on the title track, there’s little of the dense, manic energy on Miles Smiles this is about subtle shadings, even when the compositions are as memorable as Tony Williams’ “Pee Wee” or Herbie Hancock’s “Sorcerer.” As such, it’s a little elusive, since it represents the deepening of the band’s music as they choose to explore different territory. The emphasis is as much on complex, interweaving chords and a coolly relaxed sound as it is on sheer improvisation, though each member tears off thoroughly compelling solos. Still, the individual flights aren’t placed at the forefront the way they were on the two predecessors it all merges together, pointing toward the dense soundscapes of Miles’ later ’60s work. It’s such a layered, intriguing work that the final cut, recorded in 1962 with Bob Dorough on vocals, is an utterly jarring, inappropriate way to end the record, even if it’s intended as a tribute to Miles’ then-girlfriend (later, his wife), Cicely Tyson (whose image graces the cover).

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Miles Davis & John Coltrane – The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Miles Davis & John Coltrane – The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 03:40:57 minutes | 4,05 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Booklet, Front Cover | © Columbia/Legacy

Miles Davis & John Coltrane – The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 brings together five mythic concert performances during the epochal Spring 1960 Jazz At The Philharmonic European Tour. The box set was produced by the multi-Grammy winning team of producers Steve Berkowitz, Michael Cuscuna and Richard Seidel. And mastered by multi-Grammy winning Sony Music engineer Mark Wilder. The Final Tour is essential listening, an invitation to travel through time to experience the enduring beauty and magic of Miles and Trane at the peak of their collective powers.

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Miles Davis & John Coltrane – The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Miles Davis & John Coltrane – The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 03:40:46 minutes | 2,11 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia – Legacy

“Miles Davis & John Coltrane – The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6” brings together five mythic concert performances during the epochal Spring 1960 Jazz At The Philharmonic European Tour. The box set was produced by the multi-Grammy winning team of producers Steve Berkowitz, Michael Cuscuna and Richard Seidel. And mastered by multi-Grammy winning Sony Music engineer Mark Wilder. The Final Tour is essential listening, an invitation to travel through time to experience the enduring beauty and magic of Miles and Trane at the peak of their collective powers.

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