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1986-1991: The Warner Years

1986-1991: The Warner Years

by Miles Davis
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


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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Warner Bros Uk


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   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
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
Dann Huff   Guitar
Munyungo Jackson   Percussion
Deron Johnson   Keyboards
Jackie Kelso   Woodwind
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Michael Landau   Guitar
Nathan Leftenant   Background Vocals
Fred Maher   Drums
Rick Margitza   Tenor Saxophone
Harvey Mason   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   Drums
Tilman Zahn   Oboe
Marv de Peyer   Keyboards
Akira Frierson   Voices
Bradford Ellis   Keyboards
Steve Williams   Drums
Steve Reid   Synthesizer,Percussion
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
Randy Hall   Composer,Producer
Fred Spielmann   Composer
Joel E. Seidel   Producer

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