Yo Miles: Sky Garden

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All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
Sky Garden and Upriver were recorded at the same sessions, featuring the same band. A parallel can be drawn to Miles' Pangaea and Agharta, which were both recorded on the same day by the same band. Agharta was the afternoon show and Pangaea the evening show, and it's reflected in the performances. Agharta was more aggressive and in-your-face while Pangaea was more subdued and introspective in comparison. Here, Sky Garden plays Pangaea to Upriver's Agharta: a bit moodier and playing with a bit more space, but burning with the same intensity. Where Sky Garden departs from the other entries in the Yo Miles! catalog is the number of original tunes. Yo Miles! and Upriver ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
Sky Garden and Upriver were recorded at the same sessions, featuring the same band. A parallel can be drawn to Miles' Pangaea and Agharta, which were both recorded on the same day by the same band. Agharta was the afternoon show and Pangaea the evening show, and it's reflected in the performances. Agharta was more aggressive and in-your-face while Pangaea was more subdued and introspective in comparison. Here, Sky Garden plays Pangaea to Upriver's Agharta: a bit moodier and playing with a bit more space, but burning with the same intensity. Where Sky Garden departs from the other entries in the Yo Miles! catalog is the number of original tunes. Yo Miles! and Upriver both had only a single original tune written by Wadada Leo Smith; Sky Garden has four tunes penned by Smith out of 11 total and a collaborative group effort punningly titled "Cozy Pete" after Miles' great guitar player making nearly half of this album original material. It's an interesting and successful! move for a so-called "tribute band." Here's why it all works: this is a group of consummate musicians, each with a strong solo voice, who know how to listen and work as a band. Beyond that, they've internalized this music to such a degree that a casual Miles Davis fan might be hard-pressed to differentiate between the songs that Miles himself played and which are new compositions. Highlights are numerous. Everyone gets some solo space, and they take full advantage. Smith's solos on both trumpet and electric trumpet are fantastic, as is the playing from Greg Osby and John Tchicai. The three guitarists Henry Kaiser, Mike Keneally, and Chris Muir are consistently dazzling and generally easy to tell apart, except on "Gemini Double Image," where someone does an absolutely amazing job of re-creating John McLaughlin's playing and tone. Michael Manring's bass playing is the same sort of anchor that Michael Henderson supplied, and Steve Smith shows why his talents were mostly wasted on Journey. "Shinjuju," one of the Smith compositions, adopts a nasty fuzz bass sound that Michael Henderson never used with Miles' band, and "Who's Targeted" has some bluesy slide guitar and a carnival organ solo. "Great Expectations" has guest percussionist Zakir Hussain trading off with Smith and Osby, with what sounds like a coral sitar in the background before Tom Coster turns in another nice solo. Only one of the 11 tracks is shorter than six minutes, and seven of the 11 are longer than ten minutes, and yet there isn't any wasted space. The playing is incredible from start to finish, and the recording quality is superb. Sky Garden is not an attempt to simply imitate the classic sounds of decades past; this is music that is vital and alive thanks to these top-notch improvisers. Anyone into Miles Davis' early-'70s legacy or folks wondering if there's any worthwhile, non-flaccid jazz fusion is urged to check out this band. They're hot.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2004
  • Label: Cuneiform
  • UPC: 045775019123
  • Catalog Number: 750191
  • Sales rank: 159,929

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's About That Time/The Mask - Wadada Leo Smith (10:26)
  2. 2 Jabali, Pt. 1 - Wadada Leo Smith (6:36)
  3. 3 Shinjuku - Wadada Leo Smith (22:38)
  4. 4 Great Expectations - Wadada Leo Smith (35:24)
  5. 5 Directions - Wadada Leo Smith (2:54)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Sivad/Gemini Double Image/Little Church - Wadada Leo Smith (10:17)
  2. 2 Miles Star - Wadada Leo Smith (9:38)
  3. 3 Who's Targeted? - Wadada Leo Smith (21:21)
  4. 4 Jabali, Pt. 2 - Wadada Leo Smith (14:18)
  5. 5 Willie Dixon - Wadada Leo Smith (6:53)
  6. 6 Cozy Pete - Wadada Leo Smith (12:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Henry Kaiser Primary Artist, Electric Guitar
Michael Manring Bass
Flipper Animal Sounds
Tom Coster Keyboards
Greg Osby Alto Saxophone
Steve Smith Drums
Wadada Leo Smith Trumpet, Electric Trumpet
Zakir Hussain Percussion, Tabla
Mike Keneally Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Karl Perazzo Percussion
John Tchicai Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Rova Saxophone Quartet Guest Appearance
David Creamer Guitar, Electric Guitar
Chris Muir Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Michael Manring Composer
Henry Kaiser Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Tom Coster Composer
Miles Davis Composer
Steve Smith Composer
Wadada Leo Smith Arranger, Composer
Steve Adams Arranger
Joe Zawinul Composer
David Glasser Mastering
David Greenberger Art Direction
Mike Keneally Composer
Hermeto Pascoal Composer
Karl Perazzo Composer
Chris Muir Composer
Andrew Marshall Critic, Contributor, Guitar Techician
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a correction to the listing

    Please note that this is a HYBRID SACD and is playing in ANY CD player as well as giving you superior Super Audio CD sound if you play it in a SACD player.

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