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Format: CD
Sku: 63996511
UPC: 827969092620
UPC 14: 00827969092620
Release Date: 8/23/2005
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Willie Nelson - (previously unreleased, take 2) ~ Miles Davis
2. Willie Nelson - (previously unreleased, take 3) ~ Miles Davis
3. Willie Nelson - (previously unreleased, insert 1) ~ Miles Davis
4. Willie Nelson - (previously unreleased, insert 2) ~ Miles Davis
5. Willie Nelson - (previously unreleased, remake take 1) ~ Miles Davis
6. Willie Nelson - (remake take 2) ~ Miles Davis
7. Johnny Bratton - (previously unreleased, take 4) ~ Miles Davis
8. Johnny Bratton - (previously unreleased, insert 1) ~ Miles Davis
9. Johnny Bratton - (previously unreleased, insert 1) ~ Miles Davis
10. Archie Moore - (previously unreleased) ~ Miles Davis
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Go Ahead John - (previously unreleased, part one) ~ Miles Davis
2. Go Ahead John - (previously unreleased, part two A) ~ Miles Davis
3. Go Ahead John - (previously unreleased, part two B) ~ Miles Davis
4. Go Ahead John - (previously unreleased, part two C) ~ Miles Davis
5. Go Ahead John - (previously unreleased, part one remake) ~ Miles Davis
6. Duran - (previously unreleased, take 4) ~ Miles Davis
7. Duran - (take 6) ~ Miles Davis
8. Sugar Ray - (previously unreleased) ~ Miles Davis
Disc 3
Song Title
1. Right Off - (take 10) ~ Miles Davis
2. Right Off - (previously unreleased, take 10) ~ Miles Davis
3. Right Off - (previously unreleased, take 11) ~ Miles Davis
4. Right Off - (previously unreleased, take 12) ~ Miles Davis
5. Yesternow - (previously unreleased, take 16) ~ Miles Davis
6. Yesternow - (previously unreleased, new take 4) ~ Miles Davis
7. Honky Tonk - (previously unreleased, take 2) ~ Miles Davis
8. Honky Tonk - (previously unreleased, take 5) ~ Miles Davis
Disc 4
Song Title
1. Ali - (previously unreleased, take 3) ~ Miles Davis
2. Ali - (previously unreleased, take 4) ~ Miles Davis
3. Konda - (previously unreleased) ~ Miles Davis
4. Nem Um Talvez - (previously unreleased, take 17) ~ Miles Davis
5. Nem Um Talvez - (previously unreleased, take 19) ~ Miles Davis
6. Little High People - (previously unreleased, take 7) ~ Miles Davis
7. Little High People - (previously unreleased, take 8) ~ Miles Davis
8. Nem Um Talvez - (previously unreleased, take 3) ~ Miles Davis
9. Nem Um Talvez - (take 4A) ~ Miles Davis
10. Selim - (take 4B) ~ Miles Davis
11. Little Church - (previously unreleased, take 7) ~ Miles Davis
12. Little Church - (take 10) ~ Miles Davis
Disc 5
Song Title
1. Mask, The - (previously unreleased, part one) ~ Miles Davis
2. Mask, The - (previously unreleased, part two) ~ Miles Davis
3. Right Off ~ Miles Davis
4. Yesternow ~ Miles Davis

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Recorded at Columbia Studios, New York, New York between February & June 1970. Includes liner notes by Miles Davis, Michael Cuscuna and Bill Milkowski.
Muze PNote THE COMPLETE JACK JOHNSON SESSIONS won the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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

Producer: Teo Macero

Engineer: Stanley Tonkel

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Wayne Shorter
Muze Guest Artist Keith Jarrett
Muze Guest Artist Chick Corea
Muze Guest Artist Herbie Hancock
Muze Guest Artist John McLaughlin
Muze Guest Artist Ron Carter
Muze Guest Artist Dave Holland
Muze Guest Artist Airto Moreira

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Kind Of Blue
Muze Music Compilations Play Duke Ellington-Caravans
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Ken Burns Jazz
Muze Music Compilations Classic Jazz
Muze Music Compilations Essential George Gershwin (Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Collection
Muze Music Compilations Collateral
Muze Music Compilations Prestige Profiles
Muze Music Compilations Essential (Rmst)
Muze Music Compilations Re-bop: The Savoy Remixes
Muze Music Compilations Prestige Profiles
Muze Music Compilations Prestige Profiles
Muze Music Compilations Cookin
Muze Music Compilations Jazz After Dark
Muze Music Compilations Jimi Hendrix Jukebox
Muze Music Compilations Piano Player
Muze Music Compilations Nick Drake's Jukebox
Muze Music Compilations Jazz:smithsonian Anthology
Muze Music Compilations Icon:best Of Blue Note
Muze Music Compilations Smooth Jazz
Muze Music Compilations Duane Allman's Jukebox
Muze Music Compilations Box Set Series:jazz
Muze Music Compilations Roy Haynes:jazz
Muze Music Compilations Roy Haynes:jazz
Muze Music Compilations All The Best

Associated Artists and Works

Allen, Carl
Armstrong, Louis
Baker, Chet
Baker, Chet (Trumpet/Vocals/Com
Barry, Dave (Drums)
Brubeck, Dave
Coltrane, John
The Best of Miles Davis & John Coltrane: 1955-1961 ~ Coltrane, John
All of You: The Last Tour 1960 [Box] ~ Coltrane, John
Davis, Miles Septet
Evans, Gil
Porgy and Bess [Remaster] ~ Evans, Gil
At Carnegie Hall (Legacy) [Remaster] ~ Evans, Gil
The Miles Davis and Gil Evans: Complete Columbia S ~ Evans, Gil
Miles Davis at Carnegie Hall: Complete ~ Evans, Gil
Golson, Benny
Henderson, Joe
Henderson, Joe (Saxophone)
Hubbard, Freddie
Jacquet, Illinois
Jarrett, Keith
Kaiser, Henry
Konitz, Lee
Legrand, Michel
Miles Davis & Michel Legrand
Miller, Marcus
Mobley, Hank
Mulligan, Gerry
Olson, Byron
Original Soundtrack
Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud: Lift To The Scaffold ~ Original Soundtrack
The Hot Spot [Original Soundtrack] ~ Original Soundtrack
Parker, Charlie
Parker, Charlie (Sax)
Ramirez, Humberto
Rowland, Dennis
Silver, Horace
The Modern Jazz Giants
Traveling Miles ~ Wilson, Cassandra

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/23/2005
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 90926
Music Label Name Label : Sony Music Distribution (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 5
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00827969092620

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..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Davis,Miles
Product attributeLabel:   Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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