Panthalassa: The Music of Miles Davis 1969-1974

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Is it a form of creative blasphemy to alter not only the sequence but the sound of masterworks past? In music, though, the ends quite often justify the means, and grandmaster-mixer Bill Laswell did an undeniably haunting job of reconstructing swatches of Miles Davis' amazing electric music for acid jazz-mutated ears in 1998. Of course, Laswell could claim some license to do so, for the original tracks themselves were subjected to creative editing by Teo Macero. Divided roughly into four sections, Panthalassa is a dark, continuous, hour-long, chronological tone poem of remixed electric Davis, from a 15-minute capsule of In a Silent Way through 16 minutes from the On ...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Is it a form of creative blasphemy to alter not only the sequence but the sound of masterworks past? In music, though, the ends quite often justify the means, and grandmaster-mixer Bill Laswell did an undeniably haunting job of reconstructing swatches of Miles Davis' amazing electric music for acid jazz-mutated ears in 1998. Of course, Laswell could claim some license to do so, for the original tracks themselves were subjected to creative editing by Teo Macero. Divided roughly into four sections, Panthalassa is a dark, continuous, hour-long, chronological tone poem of remixed electric Davis, from a 15-minute capsule of In a Silent Way through 16 minutes from the On the Corner sessions and finally nearly half an hour of selections from Get Up With It. Offered access to the original multi-track tapes, Laswell sometimes deletes the rhythm sections, brings up hidden instruments, adds Indian and electronic drones from elsewhere on the tapes, constructs moody transitions, and most tantalizingly, unearths passages from the sessions that were being released for the first time. Indeed, the On the Corner section yields two new titles to the Davis discography, the highly colored rock/funk "What If" and a sinister march-like "Agharta Prelude Dub." In the end, despite the altered sonic landscape, Laswell accurately evokes in turns the lonely, exquisitely gleaming, nightmarish, despairing moods that Davis was exploring prior to his 1975 retirement, a still much-misunderstood period whose music is far too disturbing and probing to deserve the sellout label.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/1998
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646790922
  • Catalog Number: 67909

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miles Davis Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Mtume Percussion, Rhythm Box
Jack DeJohnette Drums
Herbie Hancock Keyboards
Dave Holland Bass
John McLaughlin Guitar
Wayne Shorter Saxophone
Collin Walcott Sitar
Tony Williams Drums
Reggie Lucas Guitar
Don Alias Percussion
Joe Zawinul Keyboards
Badal Roy Tabla
Khalil Balakrishna Sitar
Chick Corea Keyboards
Pete Cosey Guitar
Dominique Gaumont Guitar
Michael Henderson Electric Bass
Cedric Lawson Keyboards
David Liebman Saxophone
Harold "Ivory" Williams Keyboards
Technical Credits
Mtume Contributor
Miles Davis Contributor
Jack DeJohnette Contributor
Carlos Garnett Contributor
Herbie Hancock Contributor
Dave Holland Contributor
Bill Laswell Contributor, Mixing Translation
John McLaughlin Contributor
Wayne Shorter Contributor
Collin Walcott Contributor
Tony Williams Contributor
David Toop Liner Notes
Reggie Lucas Contributor
Don Alias Contributor
Umar Bin Hassan Liner Notes
Joe Zawinul Contributor
Badal Roy Contributor
Khalil Balakrishna Contributor
Amiri Baraka Liner Notes
Chick Corea Contributor
Pete Cosey Contributor
Al Foster Contributor
Dominique Gaumont Contributor
Michael Henderson Contributor
Cedric Lawson Contributor
David Liebman Contributor
Robert Musso Engineer
Harold "Ivory" Williams Contributor
Bill Murphy Contributor, Text Coordination
Russell Mills Artwork, Art Direction, Images
Tom Terrell Cover Photo
David Henderson Liner Notes
David Creamer Contributor
Michael Fossenkemper Mastering
Michael Webster Image Photography
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Prince of Darkness would've approved

    These remixed songs are done with alot of care and respect by an obvious fan who cares for and respects Miles work.The remixes are beautiful,haunting and dark just as Miles would want his songs remixed. It's very interesting to hear these timeless fusion classics redone.

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