Complete Jack Johnson Sessions CD (2005)

Artist: Miles Davis

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Label Sony
SKU 63996511
UPC 827969092620
UPC 14 00827969092620
Format CD
Release Date 8/23/2005
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Author Miles Davis
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Associated Artist/Work All-Stars
Associated Artist/Work Allen, Carl
Associated Artist/Work Armstrong, Louis
Associated Artist/Work Baker, Chet
Associated Artist/Work Baker, Chet (Trumpet/Vocals/Com
Associated Artist/Work Barry, Dave (Drums)
Associated Artist/Work Brubeck, Dave
Associated Artist/Work Coltrane, John
Technical Info
Engineer Stanley Tonkel
Producer Teo Macero
CatalogID 90926
Lable Name Sony Music Distribution (USA)
Released 08/23/2005
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 5
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00827969092620
Musical Guests
Wayne Shorter
Keith Jarrett
Chick Corea
Herbie Hancock
John McLaughlin
Ron Carter
Dave Holland
Airto Moreira
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Miles Davis (trumpet); Hermeto Pascoal (vocals, whistling, drums); Steve Grossman, Wayne Shorter (soprano saxophone); Bennie Maupin (bass clarinet); Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea (electric piano, organ); Keith Jarrett (electric piano); Sonny Sharrock, John McLaughlin (guitar); Dave Holland (acoustic & electric basses); Ron Carter (acoustic bass); Michael Henderson, Gene Perla (electric bass); Jack DeJohnette, Billy Cobham, Lenny White (drums); Airto Moreira (percussion).
Recorded at Columbia Studios, New York, New York between February & June 1970. Includes liner notes by Miles Davis, Michael Cuscuna and Bill Milkowski.
THE COMPLETE JACK JOHNSON SESSIONS won the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package.
Of all the Miles Davis recordings, the 16 weeks of sessions that created a single, two-selection LP produced by Teo Macero called A Tribute to Jack Johnson have been the most apocryphal. While the album itself was a confounding obscurity upon release -- due to its closeness in proximity to the nearly simultaneous release of the vastly inferior yet infinitely more label-promoted Live at the Fillmore East -- its reputation as the first complete fusion of jazz and rock is cemented. It also garnered a place in the history books for guitarist John McLaughlin, the axis around whose raw, slash-and-burn playing the entire album turns.
The five-CD Complete Jack Johnson Sessions set, covering February 18 to June 4 of 1970, reveals that a revolving cast of musicians entered the Davis/Macero music and sound lab and made a series of mind-bending, often inspired -- yet sometimes maddeningly monotonous -- recording dates, where the creation of backbeat-driven grooves and short, rhythmic, rock- and funk-inflected riffs were the only ideas presented by Davis; everything else flowed freely, for better or worse. No less than five albums have benefited from these sessions: the others include Live-Evil, Get Up with It, Directions, and Big Fun. The two cuts that make up A Tribute to Jack Johnson, "Right Off" and "Yesternow," make up the last two selections on disc five. The arrangement of the session is basically chronological. Thus, there are not only numerous takes of a composition but insertion and remake takes as well. For instance, there are two takes of "Willie Nelson," two inserted "versions," and two remakes, all sequenced here in a row. Likewise is the strange genesis, deconstruction, and rebirth of "Go Ahead John," which appeared in this form on Big Fun. Still, despite the hypnotic grooves where already elongated tunes turn into monolithic groove structures, the historical importance of these sessions and the sheer listening pleasure they provide in doses cannot be overestimated.
There are 17 previously unissued performances here, 14 takes, and alternates that have never been issued in full form! As a small example, the official unearthing of the "Duran" alternate take offers so much more in terms of different instrumentation (many alternates here provide this) and ambience than the circulated version that it is nearly a different tune altogether. The roots of "Right Off" and "Yesternow," which appear on disc three, compare to the final heavily edited versions on the album as startlingly different compositions. Evolution becomes not only the crux of the Davis sessions, but a whole new way of making jazz records. These sides reveal how, decades later, Davis's own playing remains firmly committed to the jazz ideal as a soloist despite the fact that McLaughlin and others such as Bennie Maupin, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Jack DeJohnette, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Steve Grossman, Michael Henderson, Ron Carter, Sonny Sharrock, Airto, Dave Holland, and Hermeto Pascoal were essentially playing jam- and groove-based rock.
The role of guitarist Sonny Sharrock is finally defined here. It has previously been discounted and provided endless grist for the Davis rumor mill how he was mixed out of the session. Yes, he was, but so was almost everyone but McLaughlin and Miles at one point or another. Check out Sharrock's killer slide playing that appears on the second inset of "Willie Nelson." For those who worship at the McLaughlin altar, there are the extra minutes of screaming, fuzz-drenched wailing on "Right Off" that were left on the floor by Macero. But this set is full of moments like that, such as the previously unreleased "Sugar Ray," a futuristic look at electronic noise -- with rhythm -- as jazz.
It is true that attempting to listen to this as a box is an admittedly long, arduous, and sometimes difficult task. Taking on individual pieces, in a changer, or even a disc at a time, is a deeply engaging, provocative listening experience. If any recordings needed to be released in order to document the perfect fusion of jazz and rock -- in addition to Miles' musical and studio development -- it's these. ~ Thom Jurek
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (12/25/03, p.112) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Top 10 Reissues of 2003" - "...A salute from one great black fighter to another."
Spin (10/03, p.109) - "...More confident than BITCHES BREW's jams and more free-ranging than AGHARTA and PANGEA, JOHNSON features the trumpeter dropping electric-guitar science while producer Teo Macero cuts and mixes..."
Q (11/03, p.130) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Davis's playing is as big, riffy and incisive as it ever got, yet still finds itself matched all the way by John McLaughlin's brutalising guitar..."
Uncut (11/03, p.132) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Much of it's the equivalent of sparring, especially the skinny funk workouts on the second disc..."
The Wire (01/04, p.38) - Included in Wire's "50 Records Of The Year [2003]"
JazzTimes (10/03, pp.83-4) - "...'Right Off' is Davis' last masterpiece; it's a unique combination of raw energy, serendipity and postproduction craft..."
Mojo (Publisher) (11/03, p.136) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...The musicians arrive at destinations light years from where they started....This music is still right on time..."
Disc 1
1 Willie Nelson - (previously unreleased, take 2),Go Ahead John - (previously unreleased, part one),Right Off - (take 10),Ali - (previously unreleased, take 3),Mask, The - (previously unreleased, part one)
2 Willie Nelson - (previously unreleased, take 3),Go Ahead John - (previously unreleased, part two A),Right Off - (previously unreleased, take 10),Ali - (previously unreleased, take 4),Mask, The - (previously unreleased, part two)
3 Willie Nelson - (previously unreleased, insert 1),Go Ahead John - (previously unreleased, part two B),Right Off - (previously unreleased, take 11),Konda - (previously unreleased),Right Off
4 Willie Nelson - (previously unreleased, insert 2),Go Ahead John - (previously unreleased, part two C),Right Off - (previously unreleased, take 12),Nem Um Talvez - (previously unreleased, take 17),Yesternow
5 Willie Nelson - (previously unreleased, remake take 1),Go Ahead John - (previously unreleased, part one remake),Yesternow - (previously unreleased, take 16),Nem Um Talvez - (previously unreleased, take 19)
6 Willie Nelson - (remake take 2),Duran - (previously unreleased, take 4),Yesternow - (previously unreleased, new take 4),Little High People - (previously unreleased, take 7)
7 Johnny Bratton - (previously unreleased, take 4),Duran - (take 6),Honky Tonk - (previously unreleased, take 2),Little High People - (previously unreleased, take 8)
8 Johnny Bratton - (previously unreleased, insert 1),Sugar Ray - (previously unreleased),Honky Tonk - (previously unreleased, take 5),Nem Um Talvez - (previously unreleased, take 3)
9 Johnny Bratton - (previously unreleased, insert 1),Nem Um Talvez - (take 4A)
10 Archie Moore - (previously unreleased),Selim - (take 4B)
11 Little Church - (previously unreleased, take 7)
12 Little Church - (take 10)
Disc 2
1 Willie Nelson - (previously unreleased, take 2),Go Ahead John - (previously unreleased, part one),Right Off - (take 10),Ali - (previously unreleased, take 3),Mask, The - (previously unreleased, part one)
2 Willie Nelson - (previously unreleased, take 3),Go Ahead John - (previously unreleased, part two A),Right Off - (previously unreleased, take 10),Ali - (previously unreleased, take 4),Mask, The - (previously unreleased, part two)
3 Willie Nelson - (previously unreleased, insert 1),Go Ahead John - (previously unreleased, part two B),Right Off - (previously unreleased, take 11),Konda - (previously unreleased),Right Off
4 Willie Nelson - (previously unreleased, insert 2),Go Ahead John - (previously unreleased, part two C),Right Off - (previously unreleased, take 12),Nem Um Talvez - (previously unreleased, take 17),Yesternow
5 Willie Nelson - (previously unreleased, remake take 1),Go Ahead John - (previously unreleased, part one remake),Yesternow - (previously unreleased, take 16),Nem Um Talvez - (previously unreleased, take 19)
6 Willie Nelson - (remake take 2),Duran - (previously unreleased, take 4),Yesternow - (previously unreleased, new take 4),Little High People - (previously unreleased, take 7)
7 Johnny Bratton - (previously unreleased, take 4),Duran - (take 6),Honky Tonk - (previously unreleased, take 2),Little High People - (previously unreleased, take 8)
8 Johnny Bratton - (previously unreleased, insert 1),Sugar Ray - (previously unreleased),Honky Tonk - (previously unreleased, take 5),Nem Um Talvez - (previously unreleased, take 3)
9 Johnny Bratton - (previously unreleased, insert 1),Nem Um Talvez - (take 4A)
10 Archie Moore - (previously unreleased),Selim - (take 4B)
11 Little Church - (previously unreleased, take 7)
12 Little Church - (take 10)
Disc 3
1 Willie Nelson - (previously unreleased, take 2),Go Ahead John - (previously unreleased, part one),Right Off - (take 10),Ali - (previously unreleased, take 3),Mask, The - (previously unreleased, part one)
2 Willie Nelson - (previously unreleased, take 3),Go Ahead John - (previously unreleased, part two A),Right Off - (previously unreleased, take 10),Ali - (previously unreleased, take 4),Mask, The - (previously unreleased, part two)
3 Willie Nelson - (previously unreleased, insert 1),Go Ahead John - (previously unreleased, part two B),Right Off - (previously unreleased, take 11),Konda - (previously unreleased),Right Off
4 Willie Nelson - (previously unreleased, insert 2),Go Ahead John - (previously unreleased, part two C),Right Off - (previously unreleased, take 12),Nem Um Talvez - (previously unreleased, take 17),Yesternow
5 Willie Nelson - (previously unreleased, remake take 1),Go Ahead John - (previously unreleased, part one remake),Yesternow - (previously unreleased, take 16),Nem Um Talvez - (previously unreleased, take 19)
6 Willie Nelson - (remake take 2),Duran - (previously unreleased, take 4),Yesternow - (previously unreleased, new take 4),Little High People - (previously unreleased, take 7)
7 Johnny Bratton - (previously unreleased, take 4),Duran - (take 6),Honky Tonk - (previously unreleased, take 2),Little High People - (previously unreleased, take 8)
8 Johnny Bratton - (previously unreleased, insert 1),Sugar Ray - (previously unreleased),Honky Tonk - (previously unreleased, take 5),Nem Um Talvez - (previously unreleased, take 3)
9 Johnny Bratton - (previously unreleased, insert 1),Nem Um Talvez - (take 4A)
10 Archie Moore - (previously unreleased),Selim - (take 4B)
11 Little Church - (previously unreleased, take 7)
12 Little Church - (take 10)
Disc 4
1 Willie Nelson - (previously unreleased, take 2),Go Ahead John - (previously unreleased, part one),Right Off - (take 10),Ali - (previously unreleased, take 3),Mask, The - (previously unreleased, part one)
2 Willie Nelson - (previously unreleased, take 3),Go Ahead John - (previously unreleased, part two A),Right Off - (previously unreleased, take 10),Ali - (previously unreleased, take 4),Mask, The - (previously unreleased, part two)
3 Willie Nelson - (previously unreleased, insert 1),Go Ahead John - (previously unreleased, part two B),Right Off - (previously unreleased, take 11),Konda - (previously unreleased),Right Off
4 Willie Nelson - (previously unreleased, insert 2),Go Ahead John - (previously unreleased, part two C),Right Off - (previously unreleased, take 12),Nem Um Talvez - (previously unreleased, take 17),Yesternow
5 Willie Nelson - (previously unreleased, remake take 1),Go Ahead John - (previously unreleased, part one remake),Yesternow - (previously unreleased, take 16),Nem Um Talvez - (previously unreleased, take 19)
6 Willie Nelson - (remake take 2),Duran - (previously unreleased, take 4),Yesternow - (previously unreleased, new take 4),Little High People - (previously unreleased, take 7)
7 Johnny Bratton - (previously unreleased, take 4),Duran - (take 6),Honky Tonk - (previously unreleased, take 2),Little High People - (previously unreleased, take 8)
8 Johnny Bratton - (previously unreleased, insert 1),Sugar Ray - (previously unreleased),Honky Tonk - (previously unreleased, take 5),Nem Um Talvez - (previously unreleased, take 3)
9 Johnny Bratton - (previously unreleased, insert 1),Nem Um Talvez - (take 4A)
10 Archie Moore - (previously unreleased),Selim - (take 4B)
11 Little Church - (previously unreleased, take 7)
12 Little Church - (take 10)
Disc 5
1 Willie Nelson - (previously unreleased, take 2),Go Ahead John - (previously unreleased, part one),Right Off - (take 10),Ali - (previously unreleased, take 3),Mask, The - (previously unreleased, part one)
2 Willie Nelson - (previously unreleased, take 3),Go Ahead John - (previously unreleased, part two A),Right Off - (previously unreleased, take 10),Ali - (previously unreleased, take 4),Mask, The - (previously unreleased, part two)
3 Willie Nelson - (previously unreleased, insert 1),Go Ahead John - (previously unreleased, part two B),Right Off - (previously unreleased, take 11),Konda - (previously unreleased),Right Off
4 Willie Nelson - (previously unreleased, insert 2),Go Ahead John - (previously unreleased, part two C),Right Off - (previously unreleased, take 12),Nem Um Talvez - (previously unreleased, take 17),Yesternow
5 Willie Nelson - (previously unreleased, remake take 1),Go Ahead John - (previously unreleased, part one remake),Yesternow - (previously unreleased, take 16),Nem Um Talvez - (previously unreleased, take 19)
6 Willie Nelson - (remake take 2),Duran - (previously unreleased, take 4),Yesternow - (previously unreleased, new take 4),Little High People - (previously unreleased, take 7)
7 Johnny Bratton - (previously unreleased, take 4),Duran - (take 6),Honky Tonk - (previously unreleased, take 2),Little High People - (previously unreleased, take 8)
8 Johnny Bratton - (previously unreleased, insert 1),Sugar Ray - (previously unreleased),Honky Tonk - (previously unreleased, take 5),Nem Um Talvez - (previously unreleased, take 3)
9 Johnny Bratton - (previously unreleased, insert 1),Nem Um Talvez - (take 4A)
10 Archie Moore - (previously unreleased),Selim - (take 4B)
11 Little Church - (previously unreleased, take 7)
12 Little Church - (take 10)
Product Attributes
Artist Davis,Miles
Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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