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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002LAB
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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1. Tutu
2. Tomaas
3. Porttia
4. Splatch
5. Backyard Ritual
6. Perfect Way
7. Don't Lose Your Mind
8. Full Nelson

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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Michael Stack VINE VOICE on October 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In 1985, Miles Davis' thirty year association with Columbia Records came to an end and the jazz legend, who managed to reinvent jazz a dozen times over managed to reinvent the price value of jazz recording contracts when he signed with Warner Brothers. What Davis unfortunately didn't seem to do was read past the bottom line and his royalties for songwriting would lie with Warner Brothers, not with him. As a result, Davis refused to compose anything on his own and instead brought his former bass player Marcus Miller to compose for him. Miller wrote compositions for Davis and set up a framework in which the trumpeter could solo. The first album resulting from this collaboration, "Tutu", proves to be one of the great records of Davis' career, and like "Sketches of Spain" before it, provides a powerful launching pad for Davis and coaxes out of him one of his best performances.

Musically, the album is guaranteed to alienate Davis fans everywhere-- while he'd abandoned acoustic instruments as the only way to go in the '60s, this album was an embracing of synthesizers, drum machines, and electric instruments, even moreso than his previous records were. Miller performed all the electric and acoustic instruments (including bass guitar, electric guitar, at least some live drums, soprano sax, bass clarinet and synthesizers) with additional contributions in synth programming from Ron Miles and Adam Holzman and one track ("Backyard Ritual") where George Duke assumes the framing role. The album does sound (particularly in the drum tracks) a bit dated, but this in no way gets in the way of enjoying the album anymore than acoustic basses get in the way of enjoying Davis' '50s work-- in fact, it all adds to the ambience.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Brett Hopgood on May 16, 2000
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I got into Miles through this album and have since collected most of his albums. Tutu for me is the outstanding track. Whoever heard a drum machine swing like this before? Much credit has to be given to Marcus Miller for what he has created here. As the credit notes say, "Miles Davis - Trumpet all other instruments Marcus Miller except indicated". You could call this a Miller album. I don't think there is a weak track here. Even George Duke's Backyard Ritual is a treat. Portia the ballad is fantastic. Just listen to the outro, it is an inspired piece of composing. Listen to the chords on this album and if you can, work them out. It'll change they way you think about harmonies and chord progressions. Perfect Way is an interesting choice. It's a cover of Scritti Politti's tune. To date still my favourite electric Miles album. A must for any lover of fusion or funk. If I was stranded on a desert island with my Discman, this album would be with me. 5 stars
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Best Of All on February 13, 2007
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This first release for Warner Bros. was supposed to be a collaboration with Prince. Instead, it was a reuniting with Marcus Miller for this outstanding tribute to Archbishop Desmund Tutu which captured a 1987 Grammy Award.

Miles had previously taken part in Artists United Against Apartheid and this CD finds him putting his complete artistic signature in the criticism of the institutionalized white racism in South Africa.

The majority of the compositions, arrangements, production and instruments were provided by Miller. George Duke wrote, arranged, co-produced and played on Backyard Ritual. Programmed synthesizers - from Jason Miles - samples and drum loops are the studio tools that dominate the mix.

The last track, Full Nelson, is a Miller composition named for Nelson Mandela. The title track sets the stage for arguably the strongest work by Miles in the 1980s. There is not a weak cut as the studio is used to its full potential to merge technology with the trumpet; which hadn't been done since the 1970s funk classic, On The Corner.

Miles had left Columbia Records for a variety of artistic issues and one major personal situation. The breaking point was when a company executive contacted Miles and asked him to call Columbia artist Wynton Marsalis and wish him a happy birthday. Miles and Marsalis had a contentious relationship due to harsh comments Marsalis had previously directed at Miles.

Unlike many of his critics within the industry, Miles refused to fall back on an antiquated style and simply crank out generic music. Tutu and the subsequent concerts demonstrated that Miles continued to look ahead and refused to wait for others to catch up.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andre' S Grindle on August 18, 2003
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True this is mostly producer/bassists Marcus Miller's work,
true a cover of Scritti Politi's "Perfect Way" may seem suspect
but I'll tell even FUSION snobs where to get off about "Tutu"-it's one of Miles's funkiest albums and a highpoint in his catolog!The tital track,"Splatch" and the deeply grooving
"Full Nelson" pretty much exemplify the rest of what is to be found here-synthesizers,drum machines,deep bass licks and as always Miles's own distinctive playing that makes "Tutu" a pretty
magical work of art and not a crass commercial ploy.Now if only
the work Miles and Prince did together during this time could
be released.???????
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