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What's Going On?

What's Going On?

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by Jason Miles
Following his popular and critically acclaimed twists on the music of Weather Report, Ivan Lins, and Grover Washington, Jr. -- and his own inspired take on the spirit of his old pal Miles Davis on Miles to Miles


Following his popular and critically acclaimed twists on the music of Weather Report, Ivan Lins, and Grover Washington, Jr. -- and his own inspired take on the spirit of his old pal Miles Davis on Miles to Miles -- the East Coast-based jazz keyboardist and megaproducer keeps his streak of compelling and provocative tribute projects going with this warm collection of Marvin Gaye classics. Rather than simply make a disc of familiar and obscure covers, it seems to be Miles' intent to show the relevance of Gaye's political and romantic messages to the modern day. So while his arrangement of the title track is sexy and atmospheric, it's really a showcase for the song's words, rendered with a deep and soulful urgency by newcomer Mike Mattison. The other projects, while all brilliant in their own way, seemed conceived as all-star affairs that could use big names to help market them. What's Going On? features a handful of legends, from Herb Alpert (who plays it cool on the seductive "Let's Get It On") to Marcus Miller (joyfully letting loose for a few bars on "Heavy Love Affair"), Jay Beckenstein (who solos a few minutes into the balmy "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby"), and even Bobby Caldwell. Miles, though, seems intent on showcasing newer talents whose presence happily dominates. Most impressive of these are the sultry lead vocals of Chiara Civello on "I Want You," James "D-Train" Williams on "Heavy Love Affair," Dominick Farinacci's flügelhorn on the crisp shuffle of "Trouble Man," and labelmate guitarist Nick Colionne ("I Heard It Through the Grapevine"). Like Gaye himself, Miles proves a master at subtlety, so expect a few doses of cool funk but a lot of deep soul and dreamy vibes behind messages proving that projects like these are remarkably timeless.

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Performance Credits

Jason Miles   Primary Artist,Drums,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Moog Synthesizer,Loops,Moog Bass
Herb Alpert   Trumpet
Bobby Caldwell   Vocals
Scott Ambush   Bass
Cyro Baptista   Percussion
Jay Beckenstein   Alto Saxophone
Emily Bindiger   Background Vocals
Dean Brown   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,wah wah guitar
Barry Danielian   Trumpet
Guida de Palma   Vocals
James Genus   Bass
Gene Lake   Drums
Romero Lubambo   Acoustic Guitar
Marcus Miller   Bass,Bass Guitar
Andy Snitzer   Tenor Saxophone
César Camargo Mariano   Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Nick Colionne   Guitar
Amanda Homi   Background Vocals
Sherrod Barnes   Guitar
Anne Drummond   Flute
Mike Mattison   Vocals
Chiara Civello   Vocals
Josh Dion   Drums
Dominick Farinacci   Flugelhorn

Technical Credits

Barrett Strong   Composer
Scott Ambush   Engineer
Nick Ashford   Composer
Renaldo Benson   Composer
Jimmy Bralower   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Cleveland   Composer
Barry Danielian   Engineer
Guida de Palma   Vocal Arrangements
Steve Gaboury   Engineer
Jason Miles   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,String Arrangements,drum programming,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Marcus Miller   Engineer
Doug Oberkircher   Engineer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Ed Townsend   Composer
Norman Whitfield   Composer
David Ritz   Composer
Leon Ware   Composer
César Camargo Mariano   Arranger
Sandra Greene   Composer
DJ Logic   Producer
Janie Bradford   Composer
Arthur Ross   Composer
Tim Riley   Engineer
Steven Wolf   drum programming
Greg Price   Engineer
Chris Argosta   Engineer
Barry Sanielian   Engineer

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What's Going On? 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great jazz tribute to the music of Marvin Gaye and Motown. The album features a multitude of artists such as Jason Miles, Bobby Caldwell, Peter White, Kevin Mahogany, Candy Dulfer, Guida De Palma, Mike Mattison, Nick Colionne, Jay Beckenstein, Sharrod Barnes, Gene Lake, Jonathan Maron, Dominick Farinacci, DJ Logic, Cesar Camargo Mariano, Bashiri Johnson & more! I was very impressed and would recommend it to all.