Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

3

Miles Electric Band at Koerner Hall

Alain Londes By

Sign in to view read count
Miles Electric Band
Koerner Hall
Toronto, Ontario
October 14, 2017

What started off as a successful "Miles Davis Festival" at the initiative of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic in 2011 and led by Vince Wilburn Jr. and nephew of the great Miles Davis himself, would eventually lead to the Miles Electric Band celebrating the music of Davis' electric period. The band represents stellar musicians with impressive and extensive musical credentials who are either alumni of the great one's band or close disciples who have embellished in that genre.

The highly anticipated show delivered in recreating that vibe that we mainly hear on significant historical recordings. After seeing a shot of Miles Davis with the byline "The Chief" and hearing his well-known voice making quick comments, the stage was set. Toronto tabla player, Ravi Naimpally, started a spiritual solo under the spot lights. This led to a groovy medley featuring pieces from "Jack Johnson," "One Phone Call," and "That's What Happened." Etienne Charles had the first solo on trumpet followed by Antoine Roney standing right in the middle up front and playing his soprano vertically. The band quietened down somewhat with David Gilmore leading on "New Blues" featured on Live Around The World (Warner Brothers, 1996). Robert Irving III on keyboards and Etienne Charles steadily opened the next piece "In A Silent Way" that would build up to the solid theme of "It's About That Time." Throughout the evening, DJ Logic provided the complementary and appropriate sound effects and voices with his turntables and electronic gadgetry. Dwayne MonoNeon Thomas Jr. provided the solid grounding on the indispensable bass.

Following a short rendition of "Sanctuary," Irving slowed things up with "Nefertiti" that then paved the way to a percussion solo including the use of the triangle setting up "Decoy."

What was also refreshing is that the set list of the evening contained different pieces besides "Pharaoh's Dance" from the innovative album Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970) that exemplified Miles' electric focus. Many other tunes could have been picked but that doesn't matter. This band represents the continued legacy of a major figure in jazz that the treasure chest is endless to pick from.

Munyungo Jackson stepped up front to lead the audience in rhythmic clapping as he displayed his full control and abilities on the shakere. At one point he traded percussive riffs with the tabla while sitting on a cajón. Jackson's addition added a fun dynamic to the attentive but discrete crowd.

The evening ended with the slow funky and catchy "Jean-Pierre" but not before adding Wayne Shorter's "Footprints" for a greatly appreciated encore.

Hopefully this show reminded the audience of a pivotal period of Miles Davis' impact on jazz as well as introducing the essence of jazz rock to new ears.

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Mary Ellen Desmond: Comfort and Joy 2017 Live Reviews Mary Ellen Desmond: Comfort and Joy 2017
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: December 15, 2017
Read Jazztopad Festival 2017 Live Reviews Jazztopad Festival 2017
by Henning Bolte
Published: December 13, 2017
Read Vivian Reed at Feinstein's/54 Below Live Reviews Vivian Reed at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Tyran Grillo
Published: December 12, 2017
Read Henry Threadgill at Tilton Gallery Live Reviews Henry Threadgill at Tilton Gallery
by Kurt Gottschalk
Published: December 10, 2017
Read The Brian McCarthy Quartet At FlynnSpace Live Reviews The Brian McCarthy Quartet At FlynnSpace
by Doug Collette
Published: December 10, 2017
Read Mindi Abair at The Empress Theatre Live Reviews Mindi Abair at The Empress Theatre
by Walter Atkins
Published: December 8, 2017
Read "Berlin Jazzfest 2017" Live Reviews Berlin Jazzfest 2017
by Henning Bolte
Published: November 13, 2017
Read "Los Angeles Guitar Quartet's European Debut of Pat Metheny Commission Highlights Uppsala International Guitar Festival" Live Reviews Los Angeles Guitar Quartet's European Debut of Pat...
by John Ephland
Published: November 1, 2017
Read "Bergamo Jazz Festival 2017" Live Reviews Bergamo Jazz Festival 2017
by Francesco Martinelli
Published: April 14, 2017
Read "Pat Metheny at Belfast Waterfront" Live Reviews Pat Metheny at Belfast Waterfront
by Ian Patterson
Published: November 19, 2017

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!