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We Want Miles Import

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WE WANT MILES was recorded at concerts in Boston, New York City and Tokyo. Produced by Teo Macero, tracks feature Marcus Miller on bass, Bill Evans on sax, Mike Stern on guitar, Al Foster on drums and Mino Cinelu on percussion. The set includes live versions of "Jean Pierre", "Back Seat Betty", "Fast Track", "My Man's Gone Now" and "Kix".

1. Jean Pierre
2. Backseat Betty
3. Fast Track
4. My Man's Gone Now
5. Kix

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  • Audio CD (January 20, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Columbia Europe
  • ASIN: B000026KPV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,605 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Unlucky Frank on June 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
When you ask some Miles fans, what are his best LIVE recordings? Most would say, get the LIVE AT THE PLUGGED NICKEL sides or LIVE EVIL from the BITCHES BREW era. Or get the dark Sivad Selim side of Miles on DARK MAGUS or AGHARTA. I tell them to get WE WANT MILES first, then buy the others.

Miles was continually changing sidemen and experimenting with his sound. Coming out of retirement, Miles was looking for that new combination of rock, funk, and avant-garde, that would take him into the 80's. Miles would always rehearse his musicians LIVE before taking them into a studio. My God, if these guys were just rehearsing I can't imagine what they might have produced if they'd have stayed together. They did one other recording after this called STAR PEOPLE, but it didn't quite sound as awesome as this LIVE outing. Some of the cast like Bill Evans on soprano sax, Al Foster on drums, and Marcus Miller on electric bass had played on his previous THE MAN WITH THE HORN. Miller and Foster continued to play with Miles for a few years. But the man who really made this session stand out was Mike Stern on guitar. Say what you want about John McLaughlin (and John was great), this guy was born to play with Miles.

What you get is the thundering drive of rock and funk under Miles and Stern, who play blistering solos on a lot of open trumpet and electric guitar. Evans takes his turns on sax too. (But Miles upset Evans to no end by continually making him lay out on his performances.) Like a stripped down jazz rock sound with two horns, an electric rhythm section, and Mino Cinelu on percussion. There is no sign of the electric keys that often muddied the waters of Miles' more unusual compositions. IT'S GLORIOUS.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jacek Lazarczyk on September 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The title "We Want Miles" refers to the excitement and shroud of uncertainty upon Miles' return from few years of absence. His first studio album in years, "The Man with the Horn", pointed to exciting new direction yet Miles playing was frail. It was the uncertainty related to Miles future at that time that prompted Columbia to follow and record him live everywhere he played. The material issued on this recording comes from mostly, relatively small, club settings (including Boston's "Kix"). On some tracks you can hear the audience and the club's clutter. It's a fantastic collection. Again, Miles the voodoo master, brought the best in his bandmates. You can hear Marcus Miller at his best, Mark Stern's guitar never again had so much fire. My favorite track is Gershwin's "My Man's Gone Now". Clocking at about 20 minutes it offers, alternatively, classically swinging treatment of the theme and funked up solo passages. Somewhere at half point Miles lays off and it's time for Mike Stern. He, together with Marcus Miller and Al Foster slowly builds his solo to such a driven climax that it gives me goose bumps. The pulsating funk groove coming from Foster and Miller is unsurpassed. Miles must have liked what he heard because few minutes later Stern's solos again. I find this recording to be Miles Davis best from his final period; an absolute must!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "billypaultimeshaft" on December 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
"The Miles Comeback" watch ended when he resumed his public performance career in the early 1980's as is well documented in the 1982 live double album "We Want Miles". Recorded at 1981 concert dates in Boston, New York City, and Tokyo in June through October of that year this album features a young band consisting of Marcus Miller (bass), Bill Evans (soprano sax), Al Foster (drums), Mino Cinelu (percussion), and the now legendary Mike Stern (guitar). The overall sound of this unit is open and funky and provides a beautiful space for Miles and the other soloists to explore. When, after some studio work, Miles informed Mike Stern that they were going out on the road Mike exclaimed " Really! And who's the piano player?". Miles responded " No piano, just you!". Mike relates, later, that he was "scared to death" but that Miles "wanted a lean kind of sound without keyboards". This approach is exemplified in the only tune on the album in which Miles does not have composer's credit- Heyward/Gershwin's " My Man's Gone Now" from "Porgy and Bess". The deep, spare funk of Marcus Miller's bassline coupled with the rhythmic accents provided by Foster, Cinelu, and Stern establish a landscape of sound which both supports and and provides contrast for the long, understated declamations of Miles' trumpet. Then, without warning, the band shifts into an swinging double-time with a trumpet solo whose crescendo drops the tune back into the swaggering funk vamp. Elsewhere on the album "Jean Pierre" is pure "sass". Overall "We Want Miles" is good Miles in a playful, exploratory mood with a young band that he is not afraid to turn loose. For Mike Stern fans looking for examples of his work outside of his solo catalogue, this is a wonderfully rich context in which to enjoy his gifts.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nathan B. Hyatt on January 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
At first listen, I thought the album title was kind of a joke, or actually a literal request seeing as how Miles really doesn't play a lot on this album. However, Miles really knew WHEN to play, and when he does, he always hits the right notes. We want MILES! But we get Mike Stern, with amazing progressive guitar solos that really dominate the album.
This is fusion all the way, and as others have said, you could buy this album just for Marcus Miller's stellar bass playing, but you could also buy this for some insane guitar work from Stern. Of course, Miles is great, and so is Minu Cinelu on the percussion. Different from most of Miles' catalog, but great music!
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