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Evolution Of The Groove (Ep)
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"Freedom Jazz Dance (Evolution Of The Groove)" cuts up and redistributes samples from the original 1967 recording as well as that of Miles' speaking voice (primarily singing the melody line during a rehearsal). Add to that Nas' topical rap and an impressive cast of musicians (including Geri Allen, Victor Bailey, Olu Dara, and Wilburn Jr.) creating a partly-live, partly-programmed groove. What leaves me wanting more is that it's a short track (2:56) that doesn't give the newly-assembled team of musicians a chance to really get in the game via individual statements such as solos, which is something one could reasonably expect from a Miles Davis-related project.Read more ›
Clocking in at around 15 minutes or so, "Evolution of the Groove" features clumsy remixes that vaguely use Miles material as the source by Meatloaf guitarist Pat Thrall supported by multi-instrumentalist Charley Drayton and Vince Wilburn, Jr. Essentially, it's all aggressive beats and what amounts to a bunch of guys playing along with Miles, and it sounds like this. So much so that Miles' performance is recessed in the background. It doesn't even sound like it was mixed from the source tapes-- it literally sounds like some kid's idea of a mashup by overdubbing himself on Miles Davis recordings. Closer "Black satin" is actually pretty decent and, not surprisingly, the only track that features the original session prominently, but the bottom line is this record qualifies in the "I'll never listen to this again" pile.
Needless to say, being a lifelong Miles man to the bone, I can say
unequivocally that this EP's only fault is...it's too short, leaving a
hardcore listener like myself wanting much more (total play time is 14 minutes)!! But what IS there, Oh, Baby! The tracks, especially tracks 2-4, are just simply mind-blowing in sonic quality and the mix is excellent. Vince, Carlos & all the other added musicians are at the top of their A-game here. The tracks are FAT. The rhythm is all up INSIDE the pocket, as it should be. This doesn't sound like any idiotic ProTools edit job-the band RIDES along with Miles seamlessly, driving his solos, which sound fresh. THIS is exactly where, I would imagine, Miles would be musically if he were still alive and healthy. This EP is truly a fitting coda to my singular musical hero, and I do believe he would have been proud of this interpretation. Get it! Ignore the scoffers. You will wear it out-it's that tasty. But I gaurantee you will also wish it was longer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What there is of Evolution Of The Groove is amazing. The album takes classic Miles from Kind of Blue, In a Silent Way, and On the Corner, among others, and digitally bends and... Read morePublished on February 1, 2011 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
I guess I should have read some of the comments/reviews on this before spending the money! I do like the music, what little of it there is. Way too short. Read morePublished on May 21, 2008 by kimykali
Clocking in at under 15 minutes, producers Vince Wilburn, Jr., Charley Drayton and Pat Thrall, light a match, but do not ignite what might have been a remix which depicts the... Read morePublished on February 28, 2008 by Best Of All
Received as promised in superb condition without any defect. I can recommend to buy by this seller.Published on October 18, 2007 by Allan Schrattenholz
i love miles, and i love some of the remixes that have happened (king britt, dj cam, etc), but this is just...??? Read morePublished on September 5, 2007 by fff3k