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Star People Import

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1. Come Get It
2. It Gets Better
3. Speak
4. Star People
5. U 'N' I
6. Star on Cicely

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 10, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Columbia Europe
  • ASIN: B00002644H
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,450 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Little known, yet great Miles recording. Highlights are the first track, "Come and Get It" and the performances of a few key personnel, particularly guitarist Mike Stern and bassist Marcus Miller. If you're a fan of these guys, the first track alone is worth the price of the CD. The bluesy "It Gets Better" features fabulous solos by both Miles and Stern also. If you're a fan of later Miles recordings such as "The Man With the Horn" and "Decoy," this CD is probably one you'll want.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas S. F. Sheets on January 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I have no idea why Columbia has not remastered this one, it is an excellent, blues-driven album from 1983. It has the same electricity and energy of Miles' 70s recordings, but with less of the chaos. To be certiain, Marcus Miller and Mike Stern are great. However, for me, the key to why this album is so good is the presence of John Scofield on guitar and Al Foster on drums. The two collaborated with Joe Henderson to do a tribute to Miles in the 1990s and it is great to hear them with meastro himself in this set.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DarknessNoon on February 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
You'd think that Miles was over his zenith by the time he and his band were recording this record.

Even though that may be true, Star People is an exciting experience. Maybe not for Miles' personal performance which is rather undistinguished. But the way the other guys play is just incredible.

I'd call it hard-on jazz-funk. Unbelievably tight. Very smart. It's a lot of fun to listen to this record, even if it is not groundbreaking (as we got used to by Miles).

Give Star People an opportunity. My guess is that you will like its groove.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By william a. roesler on May 5, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I heard about this Miles Davis album just two weeks ago. Since I thought I had heard all MD's albums, I was shocked!. I am not a fan of his non-modal records, but gave this one a listen. Well "raise my rent", this had just the right amount of Blues-fusion that I loved it. A bit different. Miles is definitely past his prime, but Gil Evans uses him in just the right way to 'Storm' in just when the tremendous riffs of John Scofield are coming to an end, It works very well, and like I said, this is a blues driven guitar album. However, Miles "Chases that Voodoo Down" with some torrid riffs of his own. It is Bitches Brew light, if you can dig that. It also one of those rare albums that gets to you in minute notes little by little. Catch a type of fusion, that you will love and buy this album. It is not "In A Silent Way" or "Kind of Blue", but those jewels come along every one hundred years. The guitar riffs are dope, when you have the zen master still driving the bus. Also be mindful, Miles was worn down from drug addiction and sick, when this album came out. The guitar work is sensational. Gil Evans uses Miles to "Stick the intensity", and personally, I love it because Miles still manages to be the conductor or the gold brick to drive the bus. Buy it, give it time, and then "WHAM'. You will say, Jesus, he did it again. He is not behind Door #1, but he is the cash prize still "Chasing That Voodoo Down" The rest of the audience can have the refrigerator behind door #2.....go for this truly hidden jewel that will grab you gradually, and not let go!!!!!!ooooooooweeeeeee!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 9, 2009
Format: Audio CD
In terms of his studio work this was Miles's follow up recording to The Man with the Horn. Miles himself said of that album that his playing wasn't what he felt it ought to have been because of years of not picking up his horn and practicing. Well no one could say that of this album for sure. With Marcus Miller still in tow and new guitarist John Scofield Miles is taking this opportunity with his new band to rediscover the blues by means of his electric funk/fusion concept. In terms of the group itself all of this music owes it's real heart too to Al Foster and percussionist Mino Cinelu who really bring out the punchiness and richness of this music. "Come Get It" and "Speak" really bring the strongest funk element into play as the rhythms play out far more relentlessly than the previous album and they band interplay is incredible. Everyone sounds so involved with the sound and the tropics/carvinal flavors in the rhythm remind one how much cross influence there was between Miles and his old keyboardist Joe Zawinul's band Weather Report. Now on the 18+ title song and somewhat shorter"It Gets Better" Miles is playing some serious blues with John Scofield buring on every solo and riff both of them come across. With no doubt Miles is leading the way for newcomer Scofield to build his playing on and everything just comes right together in every way. With Gil Evans even again being onboard as arranger his own influence with Miles comes across again on "Uni" and "Stars Of Cicely" where Miles is in that wonderful melodic place where he's coming up with his own standards in this world of funk he was so happily involved in.Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R G-S Listen with all your might! on June 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is oddly unavailable on CD in the US (Columbia/Sony: why?) but is, possibly, the consistently strongest effort of Miles' last "comeback". Driven by guitarists, blues/funk inspired, and there's no Cyndy Lauper or Michael Jackson pop filler. Some arranging is by Gil Evans, some by Marcus Miller, stretching his wings as Miles' music director. Scofield's phrasing is so far behind the beat it's like he's mailing it in. Lotsa fun, if not the earthshaking mind-boggling music Miles made in the 60's and 70's.
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