1986-1991: The Warner Years

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Assembling a representative package of Miles Davis' Warner Bros. material from the final six years of his life was never going to be an easy job. For starters, the critical reception individual releases got ran from enthusiastic to nearly hostile. Usually, however, that stood in sharp contrast to the way some of the individual recordings sold. Warner Bros. Europe attempts a historical overview, albeit very sloppily. This tri-fold five-disc box set has some serious design flaws. For starters, the final disc is tucked in the same fold as the booklet, in a paper sleeve! The small size of the various typefaces in the booklet is a real drag. First, Ashley Khan's fine liner essay ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Assembling a representative package of Miles Davis' Warner Bros. material from the final six years of his life was never going to be an easy job. For starters, the critical reception individual releases got ran from enthusiastic to nearly hostile. Usually, however, that stood in sharp contrast to the way some of the individual recordings sold. Warner Bros. Europe attempts a historical overview, albeit very sloppily. This tri-fold five-disc box set has some serious design flaws. For starters, the final disc is tucked in the same fold as the booklet, in a paper sleeve! The small size of the various typefaces in the booklet is a real drag. First, Ashley Khan's fine liner essay is in five-point type, and that's bad enough, but the individual album session credits are in two-point typeface, making them all but impossible to read. The way the music is laid out on the set is problematic as well. The positives are that it's all nicely remastered and includes representative slices of the entire period Davis was with Warner. The albums Tutu, Amandla, Live Around the World, Miles & Quincy Live at Montreux, and Doo-Bop are each here in their entirety, as are excerpts from the soundtracks to Siesta and Dingo. The latter is orchestrated by Davis and Michel LeGrand; the album was only issued in Europe and Japan. Siesta which featured Davis in his only major film role and its soundtrack were slammed by critics and failed to connect with the buying public. Problems arise when considering individual albums: with the exceptions of Tutu and Doo-Bop, each is split onto different discs. For instance, Amandla's first two tracks are the final pair on disc one. Miles & Quincy: Live at Montreux is split halfway over two discs. Live Around the World was a document of a tour produced to sound like the flow of one concert; splitting it is jarring. Disc five features two previously unreleased Davis tracks, "Maze" and "See I See," as well as European-only cuts "Rubber Band" and "Digg That." The remainder comprises Davis' various guest spots on recordings by Chaka Khan, Shirley Horn, Kenny Garrett, Zucchero, Scritti Politti, and a cut from the Hot Spot soundtrack with John Lee Hooker. The main attraction of the music contained here, is that most of it does portray Davis as creative until the end. His embrace of the contemporary jazz of the '80s and '90s also embraced funk, soul, and hip-hop and showcases inspired playing by some of smooth jazz's brightest lights including Jason Miles, Marcus Miller, Rick Margitza, and Adam Holzman; also here is the work of talents who stand outside that genre: Marilyn Mazur, Joey De Francesco, and John Scofield, to name a few. Ultimately, it's too bad that Warner Europe couldn't have extended this set to include one more disc and chosen another design. If it had done so, 1986-1991: The Warner Years would have been an important historical document, rather than a mere retrospective package.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2011
  • Label: Warner Bros Uk
  • EAN: 5052498784721
  • Catalog Number: 9878472
  • Sales rank: 182,199


Disc 1
  1. 1 Tutu (5:18)
  2. 2 Tomaas (5:38)
  3. 3 Portia (6:21)
  4. 4 Splatch (4:46)
  5. 5 Backyard Ritual (4:50)
  6. 6 Perfect Way (4:37)
  7. 7 Don't Lose Your Mind (5:53)
  8. 8 Full Nelson (5:08)
  9. 9 Siesta/Kitt's Kiss/Lost in Madrid, Pt. 2 (6:56)
  10. 10 Theme for Augustine/Wind/Seduction/Kiss (6:35)
  11. 11 Lost in Madrid, Pt. 4/Rat Dance/The Call (1:42)
  12. 12 Claire/Lost in Madrid, Pt. 5 (4:32)
  13. 13 Los Feliz (4:33)
  14. 14 Catémbe (5:37)
  15. 15 Cobra (5:16)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Big Time (5:43)
  2. 2 Hannibal (5:52)
  3. 3 Jo-Jo (4:52)
  4. 4 Amandla (5:21)
  5. 5 Jilli (5:05)
  6. 6 Mr. Pastorius (5:43)
  7. 7 The Arrival - Michel Legrand (2:09)
  8. 8 Concert on the Runway - Michel Legrand (4:14)
  9. 9 The Departure - Michel Legrand (2:00)
  10. 10 Trumpet Cleaning - Michel Legrand (4:00)
  11. 11 The Dream - Michel Legrand (3:52)
  12. 12 Paris Walking II - Michel Legrand (3:19)
  13. 13 The Jam Session - Michel Legrand (6:31)
  14. 14 In a Silent Way (1:48)
  15. 15 Intruder (4:52)
  16. 16 New Blues (5:35)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Human Nature (12:48)
  2. 2 Mr. Pastorius (3:32)
  3. 3 Amandla (5:51)
  4. 4 Wrinkle (7:16)
  5. 5 Tutu (8:52)
  6. 6 Full Nelson (2:47)
  7. 7 Time After Time (9:39)
  8. 8 Hannibal (7:21)
  9. 9 Introduction - Claude Nobs (1:20)
  10. 10 Boplicity - Quincy Jones (3:39)
  11. 11 Introduction to Miles Ahead Medley - Quincy Jones (0:08)
  12. 12 Springsville - Quincy Jones (3:33)
  13. 13 Maids of Cadiz - Quincy Jones (3:37)
  14. 14 The Duke - Quincy Jones (4:00)
  15. 15 My Ship - Quincy Jones (4:51)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Miles Ahead - Quincy Jones (3:37)
  2. 2 Blues for Pablo - Quincy Jones (5:57)
  3. 3 Introduction to Porgy and Bess Medley - Quincy Jones (0:26)
  4. 4 Orgone - Quincy Jones (4:08)
  5. 5 Gone, Gone Gone - Quincy Jones (1:47)
  6. 6 Summertime - Quincy Jones (2:54)
  7. 7 Here Come de Honey Man - Quincy Jones (3:40)
  8. 8 The Pan Piper - Quincy Jones (1:40)
  9. 9 Solea - Quincy Jones (11:38)
  10. 10 Mystery (3:57)
  11. 11 The Doo-Bop Song (4:59)
  12. 12 Chocolate Chip (4:40)
  13. 13 High Speed Chase (4:43)
  14. 14 Blow (5:07)
  15. 15 Sonya (5:32)
  16. 16 Fantasy (4:37)
  17. 17 Duke Booty (4:56)
  18. 18 Mystery (Reprise) (1:24)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Maze (9:11)
  2. 2 See I See (5:22)
  3. 3 Rubber Band (5:13)
  4. 4 Digg That (4:46)
  5. 5 Oh Patti (Don't Feel Sorry for Loverboy) (4:23)
  6. 6 In the Night (4:43)
  7. 7 Sticky Wicked - Chaka Khan (6:56)
  8. 8 I'll Be Around - Chaka Khan (5:24)
  9. 9 Dune Mosse - Zucchero (5:44)
  10. 10 Free Mandela - Kenny Garrett (4:55)
  11. 11 Big Ol' Head - Kenny Garrett (6:07)
  12. 12 Rampage - Marcus Miller (5:49)
  13. 13 Gloria's Story (3:28)
  14. 14 You Won't Forget Me - Shirley Horn (7:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miles Davis Primary Artist, Trumpet, Soloist
John Tropea Guitar
Prince Musician
George Adams Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Benny Bailey Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Bob Berg Tenor Saxophone
Jerry Bergonzi Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Buddy Collette Woodwind
George Duke Synthesizer, Keyboards, Musician
Gil Goldstein Keyboards
George Gruntz Piano, Leader
Omar Hakim Percussion, Drums
Shirley Horn Vocals
Robert Irving III Keyboards
Quincy Jones Conductor
Earl Klugh Classical Guitar
Marty Krystall Woodwind
Michel Legrand Conductor, Keyboards
Bob Malach Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Alphonse Mouzon Percussion, Drums
Joe Sample Piano
John Scofield Acoustic Guitar
Lew Soloff Trumpet
Marvin Stamm Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Mike Stern Guitar
Tom Varner French Horn
Jack Walrath Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Howard Johnson Tuba, Baritone Saxophone
Jeff Lorber Keyboards
Charles Owens Woodwind
Mike Richmond Bass
Manfred Schoof Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Grady Tate Drums
Michal Urbaniak Electric Violin
Kei Akagi Keyboards
John D'earth Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Sal Marquez Trumpet
Wallace Roney Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Soloist
Bernard Wright Synthesizer
Alex Foster Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Jean-Paul Bourelly Guitar
John Clark French Horn
B.J. Nelson Background Vocals
Richard Todd French Horn
Don Alias Percussion
Adam Holzman Keyboards
Charles Ables Bass
Tawatha Agee Background Vocals
Atlanta Bliss Trumpet
Larry Blackmon Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals
Dave Bargeron Trombone, Euphonium
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Carles Benavent Bass, Electric Bass
John Bigham Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards
Rudy Bird Percussion
Oscar Brashear Trumpet
Alex Brofsky French Horn
Ray Brown Trumpet
Delmar Brown Keyboards
Michael Burnett Bass
William Calhoun Drums
Julian Cawdry Flute, Alto Flute, Piccolo
Chaka Khan Vocals
Mino Cinelu Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Dave Grusin Piano
Roland Dahinden Trombone
Joey DeFrancesco Keyboards
Rory Dodd Background Vocals
Xavier Duss Oboe
Reiner Erb Bassoon
Miles Evans Trumpet
Steve Ferrone Drums
Al Foster Drums
Hanspeter Frehner Flute, Alto Flute, Piccolo
David Gamson Keyboards
Kenny Garrett Flute, Drums, Keyboards, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Green Gartside Vocals, Background Vocals
Christian Gavillet Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Zane Giles Bass
Sal Giorgianni Alto Saxophone
George Graham Trumpet
Bill Green Woodwind
Thurman Green Trombone
Conrad Herwig Trombone
Munyungo Jackson Percussion
Deron Johnson Keyboards
Jackie Kelso Woodwind
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Michael Landau Guitar
Nathan Leftenant Background Vocals
Fred Maher Drums
Rick Margitza Tenor Saxophone
Harvey Mason Sr. Percussion, Drums
Marilyn Mazur Percussion
Lew McCreary Trombone
Earl McIntyre Trombone, Euphonium
Marcus Miller Bass, Guitar, Bass Clarinet, Drums, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, Soprano Saxophone, Musician
Dick Nash Trombone
Anne O'Brien Flute
Alan Oldfield Keyboards
Richard Patterson Bass
Claudio Pontiggia French Horn
Christian Rabe Bassoon
Vernon Reid Guitar
Benny Rietveld Bass
John Riley Percussion, Drums
Mark Rivett Guitar
Roger Rosenberg Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Margaret Ross Harp
Ack Van Rooyen Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Xenia Schindler Harp
Larry Schneider Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Tenor Saxophone
Dave Seghezzo Oboe
John Stephens Woodwind
Angus Thomas Bass
Fonzi Thornton Background Vocals
Eric Troyer Background Vocals
James Walker Flute
Ricky Wellman Percussion, Drums
Judith Wenziker Oboe
Vince Wilburn Jr. Drums
Tilman Zahn Oboe
Marv de Peyer Keyboards
Akira Frierson Voices
Bradford Ellis Keyboards
Steve Williams Drums
Steve Reid Synthesizer, Percussion
Dan Huff Guitar
Ruby Bird Percussion
Dave Taylor Bass Trombone
Katrina Anderson Voices
Daryl Jones Bass
David Duke French Horn
Duane Thomas Voices
Erin Davis electronic percussion
Toni Jenkins Background Vocals
Vince Derosa French Horn
William "Spaceman" Patterson Guitar, wah wah guitar
Nolan Smith Trumpet
George Bohanan Trombone
Marnie Johnson French Horn
Tom Malone Trombone
Eric Myers Voices
Kennwood Dennard Percussion, Drums
Randy Hall Guitar
Michael Weber Clarinet
Mia Dean Voices
Erin Myers Voices
Ikeda Romeo Voices
Bonnie Bozeman Voices
Mysherrah Durant Voices
Noel John Voices
Mikel Dean Voices
Myisha Hollaway Voices
Akelier Soogrim Voices
Chananja Bryan Voices
Cie Romero Voices
Technical Credits
Léo Delibes Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Michael Hoenig Producer
Cyndi Lauper Composer
Prince Composer, Producer
Dave Brubeck Composer
Miles Davis Composer, Producer
George Duke Arranger, Composer, Producer
Gil Goldstein Orchestration
Quincy Jones Producer
Michel Legrand Arranger, Composer, Producer, Orchestration
Alec Wilder Composer
Zucchero Composer
Jack Nitzsche Composer, Producer
Adam Holzman Programming
Joe Zawinul Composer
Larry Blackmon Composer, Producer
Easy Mo Bee Composer, Programming, Producer
John Bigham Composer, Programming, drum programming
Gil Evans Composer
David Gamson Composer, Producer, drum programming
Kenny Garrett Composer, Producer
Green Gartside Composer, Producer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Zane Giles Composer, Producer
Tommy LiPuma Producer, Executive Producer
Fred Maher drum programming
Marcus Miller Arranger, Composer, Producer, drum programming
Richard Seidel Producer
Russ Titelman Producer
Louise Velazquez Executive Producer
John Convertino Engineer
Claude Nobs Executive Producer
Gary Kurfirst Executive Producer
Marv de Peyer drum programming
DuBose Heyward Composer
Gordon Meltzer Executive Producer
Ashley Kahn Liner Notes
Cleo Henry Composer
Kermit Goell Composer
Hillard Elkins Executive Producer
John Carisi Composer
John Bingham Producer
Erin Davis Composer
Steve Strassman Engineer
Rolf De Heer Producer
Marco Figliè Composer
Gaël Benyamin Mastering
Randy Hall Composer, Producer
Fred Spielmann Composer
Joel E. Seidel Producer
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