Miles Davis: The Complete On The Corner Sessions (2007)

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Miles Davis: The Complete On The Corner Sessions
What better gift could you think of bestowing on the Miles Davis fan in your family this holiday season than the exhaustively comprehensive The Complete On The Corner Sessions—a set that expands on the legendary trumpeter's 1972 release that some interpreted as a "f*#k you to his loyal fan base.

Although On The Corner might exist in the minds of many as Davis' most unapologetically "different entry in his vast canon, it might actually be the most accessible of all of his "fusion efforts. Some might say that the album indeed belongs in the funk section rather than on the jazz shelves of your local record shop. In fact, the aggressive, pulsating "One and One (featured here in a heavily extended, unedited master take) could have been played under the opening credits of the most psychedelic blaxploitation movie never made.

Unedited masters like the aforementioned "One and One permeate the set; additionally, there is a plethora of previously unissued outtakes from the On The Corner sessions, many of them featuring various combinations of the eighteen-plus musicians that appeared on the finished product. Additionally, the set supplies die-hard fans with never-before-heard material from the sessions that produced the beloved Big Fun and Get Up With It, both from 1974.

Not intended solely for the completist, The Complete On The Corner Sessions is just the medicine for the Miles-o-phile who always had a feeling that there was much more lurking in the shadows of On The Corner...too much to be contained on but one disc.

Track Listing: CD1: On The Corner (unedited master); On The Corner (take 4); One and One (unedited master); Helen Butte/Mr. Freedom X (unedited master); Jabali. CD2: Ife; Chieftain; Rated X; Turnaround; U - Turnaround. CD3: Billy Preston; The Hen; Big Fun/Holly-wuud (take 2); Big Fun/Holly-wuud (take 3); Peace; Mr. Foster. CD4: Calypso Frelimo; He Loved Him Madly. CD5: Maiysha; Mtume; Mtume (take 11); Hip Skip; What They Do; Minnie. CD6: Red China Blues; On The Corner/New York Girl/Thinkin' of One Thing and Doin' Another/Vote for Miles; Black Satin; One And One; Helen Butte/Mr. Freedom X; Big Fun; Holly-wuud.

Personnel: Miles Davis: trumpet, electric piano (CD4#1), organ (CD4, CD5#1-5); Wally Chambers: harmonica (CD6#1); Cornell Dupree: guitar (CD6#1); Michael Henderson: electric bass; Al Foster: drums ( CD1#5, CD2, CD3, CD4, CD5, CD6#1, CD6#6-7); Bernard Purdie: drums (CD6#1); Mtume: congas (CD2#2-5, CD3, CD4, CD5, CD6#1, CD6#6-7), percussion: (CD2#3, CD4#1), African percussion (CD5#1-3), clave (CD5#1-3); unknown brass ensemble, arranged by Billy Jackson (rhythm) and Wade Marcus (brass) (CD6#1); Dave Liebman: soprano sax (CD1#1-2, CD3#2-5, CD6#2-3), flute (CD3#5, CD4), tenor sax (CD3#6, CD4#1); Chick Corea: synthesizer (CD1#1-2, CD6#2-3); Herbie Hancock: electric piano (CD1, CD2#1, CD6#2-5), synthesizer (CD1#3-4, CD6#4-5), organ (CD2#1); Harold Ivory Williams: organ (CD1#1-4, CD6#2-5); synthesizer (CD1#3-4, CD6#4-5), electric piano (CD2#1); Lonnie Liston Smith: electric piano (CD2#1); John McLaughlin: guitar (CD1#1-2, CD6#2-3); Collin Walcott: electric sitar (CD1, CD2#1, CD6#2-5); Jack DeJohnette: drums (CD1#1-4, CD6#2-5); Don Alias: congas (CD1#1-4, CD6#2-5), percussion (CD1#3-4, CD6#4-5); African percussion (CD1#5, CD2#1), kalimba (CD1#5, CD2#1); Badal Roy: tables (CD1, CD2, CD3#1-2, CD6#2-5); Billy Hart: woodblock (CD1#1-2, CD6#2-3); cowbell (CD1#1-2, CD6#2-3); percussion (CD1#1-2, CD6#2-3); drums (CD1#3-5, CD2#1, CD6#4-5); Carlos Garnett: soprano sax (CD1#5, CD2#1, CD2#4-5, CD3#1); Bennie Maupin: bass clarinet (CD1#3-5, CD2#1, CD6#4-5), flute (CD1#5, CD2#1); Cedric Lawson: organ (CD2#2, CD2#4-5, CD3#1-2), electric piano (CD2#3); Reggie Lucas: guitar (CD2#2-5, CD3, CD4, CD5, CD6#1, CD6#6-7); Khalil Balakrishna: electric sitar (CD2#2-5, CD3#1-2); Pete Cosey: guitar (CD3#3-6, CD4, CD5#1-3, CD5#6), drums (CD5#4-5); John Stubblefield: soprano sax (CD4#1); Dominique Gaumont: guitar (CD4#2, CD5#1-5); Sonny Fortune: soprano sax (CD5#1-5), flute (CD5#1-5); Sam Morrison: soprano sax (CD5#5); Dave Creamer: guitar (CD1#3-4, CD6#4-5); Paul Buckmaster: electric cello (CD2#1).

Record Label: Legacy Recordings

Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock


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