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Miles Davis: The Complete On The Corner Sessions

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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 (take 14); U - Turnaround (take 15). CD3: Billy Preston; The Hen (Untitled Original A (take 1); Big Fun/Holly-wuud (take 2); Big Fun/Holly-wuud (take 3); Peace (Untitled Original (take 5)); Mr. Foster. CD4: Calypso Frelimo; He Loved Him Madly. CD5: Maiysha; Mtum; Mtume (take 11); Hip Skip (Untitled Original (take 2)); What They Do (Untitled Original (take 14)); Minnie (Latin (take 7)). 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 (master); Big Fun; Holly-wuud.

Personnel: March 9, 1972: Miles Davis: trumpet; Wally Chambers: harmonica; Cornell Dupree: guitar; Michael Henderson: electric bass; Al Foster: drums; Bernard Purdie: drums; James Mtume Forman: congas, percussion; Wade Marcus: brasoprano saxophone arrangement; Billy Jackson: rhythm arrangement. June 1, 1972: Miles Davis: trumpet; Dave Liebman: soprano saxophone; Chick Corea: synthesizer; Herbie Hancock: organ; Harold I. Williams: electric piano; John McLaughlin: guitar; Collin Walcott: sitar; Paul Buckmaster: cello; Michael Henderson: electric bass; Jack DeJohnette: drums; Jabali Billy Hart: drums, percussion, bgo; Charles Don Alias: congas, percussion; James Mtume Forman: congas, percussion; Badal Roy: tabla. June 6, 1972: Miles Davis: trumpet; Carlos Garnett: alto saxoophone, tenor saxophone; Bennie Maupin: bass clarinet; Herbie Hancock: electric piano, synthesizer; Harold I. Williams: electric piano, synthesizer; Lonnie Liston Smith: organ; David Creamer: guitar; Collin Walcott: sitar; Paul Buckmaster: cello; Michael Henderson: electric bass; Jack DeJohnette: drums, handclaps; Jabali Billy Hart: drums, handclaps; Charles Don Alias: percussion, handclaps; James Mtume Forman: percussion, handclaps; Badal Roy: tabla, handclaps. June 12, 1972: Miles Davis: trumpet; Carlos Garnett: soprano saxophone; Bennie Maupin: bass clarinet; Lonnie Liston Smith: organ; Harold I. Williams: electric piano, synthesizer; Michael Henderson: electric bass; Al Foster: drums; Jabali Billy Hart: drums, percussion; James Mtume Forman: congas, percussion; Badal Roy: tabla. August 23, 1972: Miles Davis: trumpet; Cedric Lawson: organ; Reggie Lucas: guitar; Khalil Balakrishna: sitar; Michael Henderson: electric bass; Al Foster: drums; Badal Roy: tabla; James Mtume Forman: congas. September 6, 1972: Miles Davis: organ; Reggie Lucas: guitar; Khalil Balakrishna: sitar; Cedric Lawson: synthesizer; Michael Henderson: electric bass; Al Foster: drums; James Mtume Forman: congas, percussion; Badal Roy: tabla. November 29, 1972: Miles Davis: trumpet; Carlos Garnett: soprano saxophone; Cedric Lawson: keyboards; Reggie Lucas: guitar; Khalil Balakrishna: sitar; Michael Henderson: electric bass; Al Foster: drums; James Mtume Forman: congas, percussion; Badal Roy: tabla. December 8, 1972: Miles Davis: organ; Carlos Garnett: soprano saxophone; Cedric Lawson: keyboards; Reggie Lucas: guitar; Khalil Balakrishna: sitar; Michael Henderson: electric bass; Al Foster: drums; James Mtume Forman: congas, percussion; Badal Roy: tabla. January 4, 1973: Miles Davis: trumpet; Dave Liebman: soprano saxophone; Cedric Lawson: keyboards; Reggie Lucas: guitar; Khalil Balakrishna: sitar; Michael Henderson: electric bass; Al Foster: drums; James Mtume Forman: congas, percussion; Badal Roy: tabla. July 26, 1973: Miles Davis: trumpet, organ; Dave Liebman: soprano saxophone, flute; Pete Cosey: guitar; Reggie Lucas: guitar; Michael Henderson: electric bass; Al Foster: drums; James Mtume Forman: congas, percussion. September 17, 1973: Miles Davis: trumpet, organ; Dave Liebman: tenor saxophone, flute; John Stubblefield: soprano saxophone; Pete Cosey: guitar; Reggie Lucas: guitar; Michael Henderson: electric bass; Al Foster: drums; James Mtume Forman: congas, percussion. September 18, 1973: Miles Davis: trumpet, organ; Dave Liebman: ts; Pete Cosey: guitar; Reggie Lucas: guitar; Michael Henderson: electric bass; Al Foster: drums; James Mtume Forman: congas. June 19, 1974: Miles Davis: trumpet, organ; Dave Liebman: flute; Pete Cosey: guitar; Reggie Lucas: guitar; Dominique Gaumont: guitar; Michael Henderson: electric bass; Al Foster: drums; James Mtume Forman: congas, percussion. October 7, 1974: Miles Davis: trumpet, organ; Sonny Fortune: soprano saxophone, flute; Pete Cosey: guitar; Reggie Lucas: guitar; Dominique Gaumont: guitar; Michael Henderson: electric bass; Al Foster: drums; James Mtume Forman: congas, percussion. November 6, 1974: Miles Davis: trumpet, organ; Sonny Fortune: soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, fluteute; Pete Cosey: guitar, drums, percussion; Reggie Lucas: guitar; Dominique Gaumont: guitar; Michael Henderson: electric bass; Al Foster: drums; James Mtume Forman: congas, percussion. May 5, 1975: Miles Davis: trumpet, organ; Sam Morrison: tenor saxophone; Pete Cosey: guitar, percussion; Reggie Lucas: guitar; Michael Henderson: electric bass; Al Foster: drums; James Mtume Forman: congas, percussion

Title: The Complete On The Corner Sessions | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Legacy Recordings

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