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Miles from India (TWO CD SET)

Various Artists , Gary Bartz , Ron Carter , Jimmy Cobb , Chick Corea , Pete Cosey , Adam Holzman , Robert Irving III , Dave Liebman , John McLaughlin Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Spanish KeyGino Banks, Louiz Banks, Rakesh Chaurasia, Selva Ganesh, Adam Holzman, Dave Liebman, Shankar Mahadevan, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Sridhar Parthasarthy, Taufiq Quresh, Benny Rietveld, Wallace Roney, Mike St19:44Album Only
listen  2. All BluesLouiz Banks, Gary Bartz, Ron Carter, Ravi Chary, Jimmy Cobb, Rudresh Mahanthappa & Vikku Vinayakram 9:21Album Only
listen  3. Ife (Fast)Gino Banks, Pete Cosey, Michael Henderson, Adam Holzman, Dave Liebman, Kala Ramnath, A. Sivamani & Vikku Vinayakram 8:41Album Only
listen  4. In A Silent Way (Intro)Adam Holzman, Robert Irving III & Pandit Brij Narain 2:33$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. It's About That TimeGary Bartz, Ndugu Chancler, Pete Cosey, Michael Henderson, Adam Holzman, Robert Irving III & Kala Ramnath10:00Album Only
listen  6. Jean PierreRanjit Barot, Rakesh Chaurasia, Adam Holzman, Robert Irving III, Benny Rietveld, Mike Stern, Vince Wilburn & Jr.11:36Album Only

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. So WhatLouiz Banks, Ron Carter, Ndugu Chancler, Chick Corea, Selva Ganesh, Sridhar Parthasarthy & Taufiq Qureshi 8:09Album Only
listen  2. Miles Runs The Voodoo DownPete Cosey, Michael Henderson, Adam Holzman, Wallace Roney, A. Sivamani, Vikku Vinayakram & Lenny White 9:03Album Only
listen  3. Blue In GreenLouiz Banks, Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Dilshad Khan, Shankar Mahadevan, Wallace Roney & Mike Stern13:07Album Only
listen  4. Great Expectations (Orange Lady)Ravi Chary, Pete Cosey, Michael Henderson, Adam Holzman, Marcus Miller, Taufiq Qureshi, Wallace Roney, Vince Wilburn & Vikku Vinayakram 8:39Album Only
listen  5. Ife (Slow)Gary Bartz, Pete Cosey, Michael Henderson, Adam Holzman, Dave Liebman, Wallace Roney & Badal Roy14:11Album Only
listen  6. Miles From IndiaLouiz Banks, Sikkil Gurucharan, John McLaughlin & U. Shrinivas 6:53$0.89  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 15, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • ASIN: B00140GWSE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,328 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

In a startlingly original recreation of music associated
with jazz legend Miles Davis, producer-archivist Bob
Belden, renowned for his Grammy Award-winning
reissue work on a series of Miles Davis boxed sets for
Sony/Columbia, along with co-arranger Louiz Banks
(celebrated keyboardist from India), has recast familiar
themes from such landmark recordings as Bitches
Brew, In A Silent Way, and Kind of Blue with an East
Meets West sensibility on Miles...From India. An
incredibly ambitious project involving two dozen
musicians from two separate continents recording in
studios around the world, Miles...From India is a cross-cultural summit meeting that puts a provocative pan-global spin on such Miles
classics as All Blues, Spanish Key, So What, It s About That Time and Jean Pierre.
Sitar and tablas, ghatam and khanjira, mridangam and Carnatic violin blend seamlessly with muted trumpet and saxophones, screaming
electric guitar and grooving electric bass lines, piano, upright bass and drums on this profound fusion of Indian classical and American
jazz. Recorded in Mumbai and Madras, India and New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, the music on Miles...From India was performed by
classical and jazz musicians from India with the addition of musicians who have recorded or performed with Miles Davis over the span of
five decades.
The Miles alumni included on the sessions are saxophonists Dave Liebman (1972-74) and Gary Bartz (1970-71), guitarists Mike Stern
(1981-84), Pete Cosey (1973-76) and John McLaughlin (1969-72), bassists Ron Carter (1963-69), Michael Henderson (1970-76), Marcus
Miller (1981-1984), Benny Rietveld (1987-91), keyboardists Chick Corea (1968-72), Adam Holzman (1985-87) and Robert Irving III (1980-
88), drummers Jimmy Cobb (1958-63), Leon 'Ndugu' Chancler (1971), Lenny White (1969) and Vince Wilburn (1981, 1984-1987) and
tabla player Badal Roy (1972-3). The Indian contingent is represented by keyboardist Louiz Banks, drummer Gino Banks, American-born
alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, sitarist Ravi Chari, Vikku Vinayakram (a charter member of Shakti) on ghatam, V. Selvaganesh (a
member of Shakti and Remember Shakti) on khanjira, U. Shrinivas (from Remember Shakti) on electric mandolin, Brij Narain on sarod,
Dilshad Khan on sarangi, Sridhar Parthasarathy on mridangam, Taufiq Qureshi and A. Sivamani on percussion, Kala Ramnath on Carnatic
violin, Rakesh Chaurasia on flute and Shankar Mahadevan & Sikkil Gurucharan on Indian classical vocals.

Customer Reviews

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles Reincarnated May 10, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Miles from India features an all star cast of jazz legends, contemporary jazz stars combined with a stellar group of Indian musicians in an unbelievable tribute to Miles Davis. The first time I listened to this double CD set I was absolutely floored. This CD is more than just a brilliant concept. The execution is flawless and the arrangements are beyond perfect. This CD set will make you think Miles Davis' songs were meant to be played by Indian musicians. Everything about this album is a class act. To start with an incredible group of Miles Davis alumni were assembled. You've got Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Gary Bartz, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Lenny White and that's just scratching the surface of the legends whom play on this album. Producer Bob Beldon did not stop there though. He also got one of the top trumpet players, and perhaps the trumpet player whose tone most sounds like Miles, Wallace Rooney and Indian saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, one of the hottest rising stars on saxophone to contribute on the album as well.
The songs selection and arrangements could not be better. The chanting voices on Spanish Key fit in beautifully with the cacophony of sounds. The sitar playing on All Blues will make you think that Miles wrote the song for a sitar player. The frenetic tablas and percussion meld perfectly with the class bass line in So What. This is the clear front runner for jazz album of the year in 2008. When all is said and done, this might be one of the best jazz fusion albums ever.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sketches of Excellence July 16, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Miles Davis passed away in 1991, but his majesty has lived on through any number of reissues, boxed sets of classic sessions and the reinterpretation of his music in a variety of settings.

This set - placing Miles in a World Music context - is sweeping in scoop and breathtaking in sound. The project was overseen by producer Bob Belden and co-arranged by Louiz Banks, who also performed on keyboards.

Utilizing classical and jazz artists from India and musicians who mostly performed with Miles during his "electric" years, the 12 numbers - which include In a Spanish Key, Silent Way, Jean Pierre and Miles Runs the Voodoo Down - are powerfully presented on an illuminated landscape that subtly changes with each listening.

But it's the title track - composed, produced and performed by guitarist John McLaughlin with U. Shrinivas on electric mandolin, Louiz Banks on piano and Sikkil Gurucharan on vocals - that merges the sketches of excellence of the past with the brilliance of the present.

The project is not just a tribute to the genius of Miles, but an absolute gem in the art of making modern music.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Some people have been disappointed that this project did not realise its full hybrid potential, and perhaps not unduly so. However, we must remember that the music of Miles' electric period was already inflected with Indian musical structures and musicians, irrespective of the extent of explicitly Indian instrumentation (surely part of its appeal to me). On Miles From India I will concede that some tracks are more successful than others in their achievement of indo-jazz synergy. But for example, Spanish Key is absolutely incredible- a really distinctive interpretation with a pronounced Indian inflection, and reason alone to purchase this. As an obsessive about this era of Miles' music, this rendition really caught my attention, filling me with delight.

Others have complained that the project suffers from the segregation of its recording, with separate sessions in India and the US (reducing the carbon footprint of its production), with the music only combined in production, thereby depriving the musicians from the dynamic intersubjectivity of shared being. This too I will partially concede. Again however, I will defend this project by noting just how successful the dynamic integration of component parts has generally been. And after all, so much of this era of Miles' music was a cut and paste job by Teo Macero anyway.

In recent years we have been treated to Bill Laswell's Panthalassa project and its dance remixes, to Henry Kaiser and Leo Wadada Smith's Yo Miles! project (producing three wonderful CDs), and to the potent live performances on the Children on The Corner album. Miles From India represents another worthy addition to a body of work that so warrants celebration through reinterpretation. Whether these projects try to innovate or replicate, I'm still happy to hear alternative versions of so many tracks that I love so much. Great stuff.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just OK June 9, 2008
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I am a lifetime Miles Davis fan, and I also have an interest in Indian music. The "Miles From India" album, although an awsome concept, just didn't move me all that much. I must say that that Wallace Roney does do a really fine job of capturing the Miles Davis sound and conception. I do recommend Alice Coltrane's "Journey To Satchidananda" for an ethereal blend of Indian music and Jazz.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I hoped for . . . but it has its merits December 24, 2008
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I was excited about it when I heard about the project -- I loved the concept. I knew it had some key people, like Michael Henderson, Bartz, Pete, Chick Corea, Lenny White. And to my ears, the music came off "good" overall. But -- with a a couple of exceptions (Spanish Key, Ife), it is missing that thing, that DRAMA. I think those listeners who have followed Miles all these years know what I'm trying to say - it's the thing that makes his music NEVER get old, always fresh. But I can't fault anybody involved with this Miles From India record - my hats are off to you - this session truly must have been a labor of love. Yes, the drama is missing . . . but only because Miles couldn't be there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miles is at his best in that STYLE.
The songs are something out of a soundtrack kind of sound. I like most of it..there are parts that I want to skip,.... Read more
Published 1 month ago by GAL ON THE GO
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles from your average tribute album
This record is one of the best recordings of the music of Miles Davis other than his own. It has the originality, the grooves, the adventure, and the beauty of his best work. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Brian Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Apt Tribute
Miles Davis steered jazz in several directions during his unparalleled career as a trumpet player, song writer, and band leader. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Douglas Groothuis
4.0 out of 5 stars How many Miles from India?
Those who can "hear" jazz are fortunate, indeed blessed - so many unfortunate souls cannot - and do not know they cannot. Read more
Published 22 months ago by SimonGWin
5.0 out of 5 stars an album you just gotta hear !
Miles From India, Times Square Records (2007)

Recorded in Chennai, India between November 2006 and July 2007 this work we owe thanks to Bob Belden for making this... Read more
Published 22 months ago by James W. Unger
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles farther ahead
Been a Miles Davis fan for over 50 years. This is one of the only covers of Davis that I have heard which actually adds something fresh and does not make things worse. Bravo.
Published 23 months ago by John Sibert
3.0 out of 5 stars maybe not as good as it could have been
The concept of Miles Davis' music played by jazz musician and Indian musicians immediately appealed to me. Read more
Published on September 29, 2011 by daroph
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Belden did a great job !
The music is superb, the production is flawless, and the warm sound of the vinyl can't be beat, I originally purchased the CD's then later I had to have the Vinyl. Read more
Published on May 11, 2011 by JR Ewing
4.0 out of 5 stars far out man
really far out, like if you took acid with Miles and flew to India in a spaceship. Most of the songs start off well but given enough time and opportunity most of the *hip*... Read more
Published on April 22, 2010 by Ameesh Paleja
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely irresistable
Somehow my wife stumbled upon this and gave it to me as a gift. It soon became one of my favorite jazz albums of all time. Read more
Published on September 13, 2009 by Perry Marshall
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