Miles Davis – Music From and Inspired by The Film Birth Of The Cool (Remastered) (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Miles Davis – Music From and Inspired by The Film Birth Of The Cool (Remastered) (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:19:31 minutes | 880 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia – Legacy

The definitive audio companion to the critically-acclaimed new documentary directed and produced by Stanley Nelson, the soundtrack is an essential Miles Davis playlist for seasoned fans and new listeners alike, lovingly curated by the director and paired with short audio excerpts from the film for a unique listening experience. It brings together recordings and performances spanning labels and the artist’s musical evolution–from “Donna Lee” (a 1947 Savoy master take with legendary alto saxophonist Charlie Parker) to “Moon Dreams” from the groundbreaking 1949 Capitol sessions that were ultimately collected on the album Birth Of The Cool, through the seminal 1950s pieces for Columbia that revolutionized the worlds of jazz and popular music (including “Generique,” Miles’ improvised soundtrack to Louis Malle’s “Elevator to the Gallows” as well as tracks from Miles Ahead and, of course the most popular jazz album of all time, Kind of Blue). The album also highlights Miles’s evolution in the 1960s with tracks from Sketches of Spain and Someday My Prince Will Come to his iconoclastic invention of electric jazz/fusion (exemplified in a 45rpm single edit of “Miles Runs the Voodoo Down” from Bitches Brew). Finally it documents his triumphant mid 1980s comeback (1986 s “Tutu”), while premiering a brand-new track, “Hail To The Real Chief.” The new track features unreleased Miles Davis studio trumpet performances combined with music written by Lenny White, produced by White and Vince Wilburn, Jr and featuring an all-star collection of Miles band alumni and acolytes including White, Wilburn, Marcus Miller, Emilio Modeste, Jeremy Pelt, Antoine Roney, John Scofield, Bernard Wright, and Quinton Zoto.

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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: | 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: | 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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