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Tutu

Miles DavisAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002LAB
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 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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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A late period masterpiece. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to Miles and learn. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Miles Had Something To Prove 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be Heavily Revisited! August 18, 2003
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoy the Tutu number
Published 19 days ago by DonValliant
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Sentimental favorite....my first taste of the music of Miles Davis.
Published 24 days ago by Eric Konieczynski
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album.
Miles, 80's sound is something you can hear all over the place now. But back then it was fresh. Combining different elements to forge a new path in jazz and pop music. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Calvin Tolman
3.0 out of 5 stars I love the music of Miles Davis.
I am not a big fan of his post retirement music. This CD is okay. Pleasant enough, but lacking in depth, although I am sure he wasn't going for depth. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Edward O
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't know all of Miles's Albums But I'm sure this is the best...
I would recommend this record to anyone who is a jazz, contemporary jazz, R&B, soul, Blues and/or Classical jazz music lover or anyone who likes to relax and listen to a good album... Read more
Published 18 months ago by delia graham
5.0 out of 5 stars like miles...
anything miles is a classic...luv reading credits to find out who plays and writes songs...thanks for the extra effort given to ensure i recieved product in a timely fashion.
Published 19 months ago by Michael Chapman
2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
It's truly a waste of money. I will probably never listen to it again. One of those things an artist does simply for money. There's nothing of Miles genius in this. Boring.
Published 20 months ago by Dolores Brandon
1.0 out of 5 stars This Has Not Aged Well...
...and it wasn't great when it came out either.

This is perfectly acceptable music to drive your car to. Read more
Published on June 15, 2012 by Theseus
4.0 out of 5 stars More Miller than Miles, `Tutu' defines Davis' late period and confirms...
`Tutu', released in 1986 was one of Miles' last works and defines his later, `electronic' period. Sometimes criticised for being more the work of the highly talented... Read more
Published on July 18, 2011 by The Guardian
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I'm used to.
I felt that the electronic instruments were not well integrated into the music. It felt forced and uninteresting. Read more
Published on March 16, 2011 by Michael
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