Tribute to Jack Johnson Original recording remastered
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As I wrote of the boxed set of the JACK JOHNSON sessions, if ever progressive strains of jazz, rock, blues, and funk found common ground -- without selling any of the above short -- I'd argue it was in the early-1970 sessions from which this album was pasted together. JACK JOHNSON rocks steady, gets on the good foot, and does so with jazz intuition and blues feeling. Miles' playing is awesome, and I would consider his opening solo on "Right Off" to be as brilliant as any I've heard by him at ANY point in his career, finding a perfect, unpredictable balance between basic and abstract improvisational phrases. The rhythm section -- including John McLaughlin on guitar, Michael Henderson on electric bass, and Billy Cobham on drums -- throws down a steady beat that reacts to and pushes Miles onward and upward. Reedman Steve Grossman, keyboardist Herbie Hancock, more from Miles, and finally McLaughlin manage to keep this lengthy cut interesting, while some spliced-in segments from related sessions by producer Teo Macero keep the listener off-balance to good effect.Read more ›
Every musician on this album is in top form and the aggressive, raucous soloing is indescribable. It's a great privilege to hear these guys settle into a groove.
The cutting and pasting technique involved in making the original long jams more palatable can be a bit annoying at times but I wasn't going to buy the 'Complete Jack Johnson Sessions' when I hadn't heard one note of this album before. That's the only complaint I have with this great piece of work.
Overall, it was incredibly enjoyable!
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If you're a rock music fan who has listened with an open mind but never really warmed to jazz, this could be the album which unlocks the door for you. Read morePublished 9 months ago by The Guardian
I dont like too much jazz, but I love listening to this album.Published 14 months ago by J. Woodbury
A Tribute to Jack Johnson (1971) moves and grooves, and yes.......rocks! This album is a very big departure from the earlier Miles albums of the 50s and 60s. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Todd7
This was recorded around the time when Miles Davis was at an ultra-incredible period, stretching all boundaries and never looking back, with a thirst for unseen horizons. Read morePublished on August 18, 2011 by Paulo Alm
A Tribute to Jack Johnson is quite possibly the very best Miles Davis album. It's flawless really. "Right Off" lives up to its name- it's the right way to kick things off! Read morePublished on June 23, 2011 by Bryan
Another slow cooked fusion dazzler which doesn't quite reach the dizzying heights of his best mesh, but a one-and-especially-two punch knockout of extended interplay still sits... Read morePublished on October 19, 2009 by IRate
Miles Davis might have lost several fans begging for him to live his life doing nothing but albums like Kind of Blue, but Miles Davis did what came from his heart, and this time,... Read morePublished on August 11, 2009 by Robin
Miles has always been an artistic master of sound and space. A Tribute to Jack Johnson sums up new directions Miles had been migrating towards. Read morePublished on July 19, 2009 by Wagnum
If with the previous album Bitches Brew Miles Davis established gritty fusion as his new sound, 1970's JACK JOHNSON marked a refinement of this style. Read morePublished on January 15, 2009 by Christopher Culver