Miles DavisThat's What Happened: Live in Germany 1987 Eagle Eye Media
The idea that Miles Davis "lost his chops" sometime after the '70s has been stated many times. This DVD offers proof that they simply evolved along with the changing musical landscape in order to be (as Miles says in a bonus interview) "up to date." In fact, this performance, captured in Munich circa 1987, shows him in excellent technical form. Davisoften hunched over with the trumpet pointed between his kneeswanders freely around the stage. After taking one look at the flamboyantly dressed Davis, with his bright-red bomber jacket, futuristic sunglasses and curly, flowing mane, you'll know you haven't purchased Kind of Blue: The DVD.
He makes his band work at an especially furious tempo on the opening selection: a medley of "One Phone Call," "Street Scenes" and "That's What Happened." The group also performs interpretations of two '80s pop hits: Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" and Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time." Scoff if you will; many people do when they see Davis' name next to these titles, but the performances themselves are soulful and inspired. Davis receives solid support from Kenny Garrett
on saxophone and flute, Adam Holzman
and Bobby Irving on keyboards, Darryl Jones
and Joseph "Foley" McCreary on electric bass and Ricky Wellman on drums with percussionist Mino Cinelu
Just as compelling as the concert is the aforementioned, somewhat-bizarre bonus interview; an open-shirted Davisagain sporting the "space-shades"goes tete-a-tete with a soft-spoken German journalist. Topics of discussion include Davis' art (he doodles on a notepad throughout the interview), his lucrative European tour and his affection for music videos by Prince. Davis fans will no doubt enjoy this release, a time capsule illustrating where he was musically just a few years before his death. Although naysayers flummoxed by the icon's physical appearance might disagree, every note unmistakably sounds like it could have only come from one man: Miles Davis.
Tracks: Medley: One Phone Call / Street Scenes / That's What Happened; New Blues; Human Nature; Tutu; Time After Time; Portia.
Personnel: Kenny Garrett: saxophone and flute; Adam Holzman and Bobby Irving: keyboards, Darryl Jones and Joseph "Foley" McCreary: electric bass, Ricky Wellman: drums; Mino Cinelu: percussion.
Production Notes: 98 Minutes. Recorded in Munich, Germany. Bonus Features: 30 minute interview with Miles Davis filmed in 1987 & Miles and his Art.