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Miles Davis — Mystery
Album: Doo-Bop
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Released: 1992
Length: 3:54
Plays (last 30 days): 1
(Instrumental)
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More jazz please
Great stuff. Its produced to make it sound like Nils Petter Molvaer.
I'll bet there's some Miles Davis purists that hate this, but as a non-partisan, it sounds fantastic. 
MILES!  The birth of freeform?
Reminds me of that Billie Holiday mix. I don't like it.
so cool! love this!
I think I had heard it as a young man, but have forgotten that I could call myself a humble fellow Illinoisan.  
Cover Art:  Of course, it's a trumpet, but at first I thought it was a bong.
....In need of an 11......
ABOUT AS TRIPPY AS IT GETS! Outrageous, his range of expression; he seems to have always gathered like-minded souls, too...
Could definitely stand to hear some more Miles on RP and jazz in general.....
 bitmobruce wrote:
This is so out of tune, I can't listen to it. Was it Miles or post "production"?

 
read the Wiki on how this song was put together.
 bitbanger wrote:

This was a posthumous release. Great run indeed. One of the best musicians of all time IMHO.

 
According to the Wiki it was constructed using performances from the Rubber Band sessions, after he died.
Beautiful Miles trumpet 
The rest ... Just awful 
This is a great tune, I really love it. Heard it here for the first time a while back.
So, I went online to see if I could hear more from what, according to this tune, would be an awesome album.
Not to be. Oh , the music was there, but just some more of the same, not as good, and some other stuff just sounding trashy and forced.
sweet
Thanks, Bill.  I vote for more Miles :)
 agd3 wrote:
This is Miles in 1992...what a run.

 
This was a posthumous release. Great run indeed. One of the best musicians of all time IMHO.
 Sunman wrote:
Thought this was St. Germain...trippy

 
Yes! Don't think I've heard them here. Got turned on to them in a dark hip hotel lounge in Bangkok where the bartender knew the band when he lived back in England.
Well that was an excellent treat! Never heard that on RP
Thought this was St. Germain...trippy
That constant wavy note in the background actually hurt my ears. 
Sufficiently atonal for me, a little like rollmops, either they work for you, or they don't.
Very cool.  Sounds like a sound track for a Dirty Harry movie!
This is Miles in 1992...what a run.
 Poacher wrote:
Ha ha! Yes, that's it! Acid jazz proto-house. 
How about Acid jazz proto-house chillout? 
Any more?
 
Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo?
 Zep wrote:
Acid jazz proto-house. And to follow it up with Thievery Corporation is brilliance, Bill. 
 
Ha ha! Yes, that's it! Acid jazz proto-house. 

How about Acid jazz proto-house chillout? 

Any more? 
Nice to hear some Miles this morning.
 debobasu wrote:
This would be a nice song if the electronic stuff matched Miles' scale. So out of tune! Seriously?!

 
Seriously - I totally agree! Can't anyone else hear this??
This is so out of tune, I can't listen to it. Was it Miles or post "production"?
 Zep wrote:
Acid jazz proto-house. And to follow it up with Thievery Corporation is brilliance, Bill. 
 

 
Again!
{#Bananapiano}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananapiano} ........ "Most Excellant"
{#Dancingbanana}
Acid jazz proto-house. And to follow it up with Thievery Corporation is brilliance, Bill. 
 
Definitely "Touristy". Or I should say the Tourist is "Mysterious".
I am starting to "get" jazz.  Oh yeah, baby!   {#Cool} 
.Rotterdam wrote:
Incredible. And it seems before its time, to me, although I am not an expert.
I never much notice cover art, but this is also brilliant.  

 
Well, it was '92. Maybe just of it's time, which was pretty much Mile's thing. Bloody good.
Incredible. And it seems before its time, to me, although I am not an expert.
I never much notice cover art, but this is also brilliant.  
Not normally a big jazz fan, but like this - can see where Ludovic Navarre of St Germain gets his ideas! Do SG get a play on RP - 'Tourist' is just so good!
wow thanks for the easter sunday morning jazz
it's great 
Bon pantalon.
Yes...a previous post indicated they thought this was intentionally "out of tune". Yes it's an intentional move for MD to be atonal in these certain runs. There are passages he does that ARE "in tune"...which indicates that he is intentionally doing this. I don't prefer it for there is a reason for scales that work and don't work in various keys. I appreciate the affect Miles is going for here...I just don't like it. My two cents.
I can see how one could like this, but this is really too strange for my taste...

 
5   
This would be a nice song if the electronic stuff matched Miles' scale. So out of tune! Seriously?!

I dig it man. Let your soul free, listen to the groovy tune. Miles was such a varied trumpeter. From laid back to electronic. Awesome man.


Any old timers remember what it sounded like when you put an LP on a turntable that has gotten warped in the sun?  That's what this turd sounds like.  I like some MD stuff, but this thing sounds like everyone assured that they were out of tune with one another before starting to play.  Sucks IMHO.
Hip Hop killed Miles Davis before he could make a complete ass of himself! The good die young, legends die just in time!


I'll dance to this...

 
 posworld wrote:
Miles never looked back. Love every one of his phases.
 
Thankyou for that comment as I see another Jazz fan in here .. Have this on Video absolutely amazing, and he keeps chewing gum all the the way through, such a laid back character. My first purchase was 'Porgy and Bess' all those years ago and have most of his releases. What I admire most of this genius is the dabbling/experimenting all forms of music during his career, Sadly missed but his legacy will live on forever.  
This is my first 10



 jools wrote:
10 for the track, but a minus 5 for that awful hair....
 
Only 7 from me, because I don't like his trousers...
 ejmusik wrote:
Miles was always ahead of the curve.  This CD is a homage to classic jazz, be bop and hip hop! Thanks to my parents I can appreciate all of his catalog. RIP Miles!
 
I"m surprized you didn't say "Miles was always Miles ahead of the curve".
my first time listen - wow, what an amazing set of sounds!
Miles was always ahead of the curve.  This CD is a homage to classic jazz, be bop and hip hop! Thanks to my parents I can appreciate all of his catalog. RIP Miles!

Actually:

On_The_Beach wrote:
Sadly, due to illness (and vanity) Miles was sporting a fairly bad rug late in life.
 
Stranglersfan wrote:
Perhaps massive cocaine use has something to do with the bad hair, but the music is astounding.
 


 On_The_Beach wrote:

Sadly, due to illness (and vanity) Miles was sporting a fairly bad rug late in life.
Perhaps massive cocaine use has something to do with the bad hair, but the music is astounding.

 


What's interesting is that this is probably the least challenging stuff Miles put out.  It anticipated a lot of later very cool things, but the technical difficulty is pretty low, at least for him.
{#Cool}
 jools wrote:
10 for the track, but a minus 5 for that awful hair....
 
Sadly, due to illness (and vanity) Miles was sporting a fairly bad rug late in life.


10 for the track, but a minus 5 for that awful hair....
 mamerjamer wrote:
This is a perfect example of Miles Davis playing out of tune.  I do not get it.  I would be willing to bet that, if you put each instrument in this tune on a chromatic tuner, that you would find that there were at least three instruments that were a 1/2 key off from each other (at least three different keys).  Miles Davis was typically out of key with his band, but in this tune, some of the other instruments are out of key with each other (and Miles) as well.  Incredible!  It's like they don't tune up with each other before playing!  I've never heard any other professional music like it.  Some singers can't sing on key, but this seems like it is an intentional style choice here.  Some people probably love everything Miles did, and I like some of it, but I have to say I prefer listening to musicians that are all playing in the same key.  Let the bashing begin . . I can take it.
 
It's called dissonance.  It gives it that edgy feel that makes you a little uncomfortable.  But go with it- it's cool.

Perhaps it doesn´t span 50 years exactly, but his body of work was cutting edge or thereabouts in the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and with this sole work, I think 90s.
 oldman wrote:
I found this album the other night in my collection, where did it come from?{#Stupid}
I hate getting old.

 
{#Lol}

ipod smileyCool enough for me!


 mamerjamer wrote:
This is a perfect example of Miles Davis playing out of tune.  I do not get it.  I would be willing to bet that, if you put each instrument in this tune on a chromatic tuner, that you would find that there were at least three instruments that were a 1/2 key off from each other (at least three different keys).  Miles Davis was typically out of key with his band, but in this tune, some of the other instruments are out of key with each other (and Miles) as well.  Incredible!  It's like they don't tune up with each other before playing!  I've never heard any other professional music like it.  Some singers can't sing on key, but this seems like it is an intentional style choice here.  Some people probably love everything Miles did, and I like some of it, but I have to say I prefer listening to musicians that are all playing in the same key.  Let the bashing begin . . I can take it.
 
Even if you are right (it's too late to go checking with software, let's just say it could or could not be true), the fact that the music is just sexy is enough to consider trying to play a bit detuned. Personally I like this album way more than the rest of Davis' work (some of which I do enjoy).
I found this album the other night in my collection, where did it come from?{#Stupid}
I hate getting old.

 CamLwalk wrote:
You know...in Canada he's known as Kilometers Davis.
 

has to bump this {#High-five}
Oh great segue..loving the trumpet again..
 posworld wrote:
Miles never looked back. Love every one of his phases.
 
Live at the Plugged Nickel currently in CD player . . . for quite a few weeks now ;)

This album he was way ahead of most of us. 
Went out for a motorcycle ride yesterday and was listening to this album!  Great tune for working the twisties.
This is a perfect example of Miles Davis playing out of tune.  I do not get it.  I would be willing to bet that, if you put each instrument in this tune on a chromatic tuner, that you would find that there were at least three instruments that were a 1/2 key off from each other (at least three different keys).  Miles Davis was typically out of key with his band, but in this tune, some of the other instruments are out of key with each other (and Miles) as well.  Incredible!  It's like they don't tune up with each other before playing!  I've never heard any other professional music like it.  Some singers can't sing on key, but this seems like it is an intentional style choice here.  Some people probably love everything Miles did, and I like some of it, but I have to say I prefer listening to musicians that are all playing in the same key.  Let the bashing begin . . I can take it.
Hoping to get Davis's "Porgy and Bess" for christmas, with a bunch of other CD's that was on my list, I'm really looking forward to it. The CD's, not christmas, that is.
Is that organ sampled from Stevie Wonder's "Too High"?  Sure sounds like it.
Miles never looked back. Love every one of his phases.
You know...in Canada he's known as Kilometers Davis.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

My feeling is any Miles is good Miles, it's just a matter of degree. I'll agree that his later (80s) work was his weakest (do we really need Cindi Lauper covers?) but it was/is still better than most anything else out there. Personally I loved In a Silent Way / Bitches Brew and that whole era, but I can understand why the Jazz purists didn't like it. As Miles put it "I'm not a Jazz musician". He played what was considered Jazz for a long time, reinvented it a few times, and then moved on. In any event, you can't go wrong with the Hancock, Shorter, Carter & Williams years!

 
{#Yes}

When I hear Miles, I always remember the story R.A.Wilson told about him. RAW was working for Playboy in the 60s and went up to Millbrook, where Timothy Leary was dropping out at the time. It was a big mansion loaned to Leary and his friends. It had become a kind of impromptu commune with most folks in a near constant state of LSD nirvana. Well, RAW drives up the entrance way to the house and noticed that there was a black man standing on the roof, ecstatically blowing a trumpet. Miles Davis.
This a great album.  Another to check out is Tutu.  The song Tutu is unapologetic and genius.
 shutter wrote:
Such a cool tune.  There are a few other winners on this album.
 
I agree.  Miles experimented right up to the end.  I admire that.

Such a cool tune.  There are a few other winners on this album.
{#Bounce}bouncing blues

 thewiseking wrote:
pretty weak miles. its ok for those who know miles to contrast this with his jazz work, but for those who are unaware he must come off as pretty second rate.
never much dug all that bitches brew and beyond stuff. they give him credit for inventing jazz-rock fusion. im not sure that credit is the right word.
 
My feeling is any Miles is good Miles, it's just a matter of degree. I'll agree that his later (80s) work was his weakest (do we really need Cindi Lauper covers?) but it was/is still better than most anything else out there. Personally I loved In a Silent Way / Bitches Brew and that whole era, but I can understand why the Jazz purists didn't like it. As Miles put it "I'm not a Jazz musician". He played what was considered Jazz for a long time, reinvented it a few times, and then moved on. In any event, you can't go wrong with the Hancock, Shorter, Carter & Williams years!



very smooth...


wow. mind-boggling. genius.
For me is just Easy Listening   {#Chillpill} nothing special

 Leslie wrote:

Koko, this was the last album he recorded before he died. It's really different and really great. 
 

Different yes, but totally congruent with his career long habit of blending jazz with different styles and influences to expand jazz boundaries.
I'm a classically trained musician, who played jazz in high school and college.  I never got Miles.  Dunno why.  I'm obviously in the minority....

Rock on, Miles.
 Kokoloco53 wrote:
Have lots of Miles Davis in my LP/CD collection, but was unaware of this album. Cool song. Thanks RP for expanding my realm once again. And again, and again, and again.
 
Koko, this was the last album he recorded before he died. It's really different and really great. 
Have lots of Miles Davis in my LP/CD collection, but was unaware of this album. Cool song. Thanks RP for expanding my realm once again. And again, and again, and again.
 lophrequa wrote:
had this cd since i was a kitten ... rowr
 
me too! actually it was a cassette.. can't believe im hearing this on RP!!!
an absolute 10, great music
had this cd since i was a kitten ... rowr
nice song, ouchy pants. :lol:
sunybuny wrote:
If Clint Eastwood could do such a great job with Forrest Whittaker on 'Bird' I can only imagine how great Cheadle would do with Miles.
:yes:
This is what came to mind at the first look at the album art
I had the privilege of seeing Miles Davis in 1990 at a small theater in Northampton, MA. He spent most of the time to the side of the stage conducting the band, who were friggin' LOUD. Every now and again he'd step up and bleat the horn, but he seemed much happier to let his hired guns rock the house. It was a great show, and his charisma, mellow and unshowy as it was, broadcast out of the theater and into the street.
I'm liking this a whole lot.
Never heard this from Miles. Thanks Bill, again.
Jimi_the_Saint wrote:
Hot, ya know?
Waaay Haught!
If Clint Eastwood could do such a great job with Forrest Whittaker on 'Bird' I can only imagine how great Cheadle would do with Miles.
thank you miles
I am just trying to imagine what kind of music would be playing Miles if he were still alife. He is alife fo me. Thanks Bill
Don Cheadle was interviewed by Henry Rollins on IFC and said that he is developing a movie on Miles - it will not be a bio, they are thinking of creative ways to capture his persona and know that a timeline type movie, like Ray, would NOT be something Miles would approve of. Don will be playing Miles, I guess he is a trained jazz saxophonist
rgrace wrote:
I just feel those who dismiss that type of work are really limiting themselves and keeping an unnecessarily closed mind. Much of his stuff ranks among the greatest art ever produced in any musical genre, and it's not even a matter of debate.
What one likes or dislikes is never a matter of debate, just simple an opinion.
We Want Miles is another excellent album, featuring Mike Stearn on guitar.
Hot, ya know?
The cover seems to say "I am Miles Davis, and I don't care what you think. About anything. Now go away." (good cover I think)

The last recording by Miles is the finale of a great career...
... yea, the mystery of miles :meditate: doo bop!
redeyespy wrote:
"This kind of stuff." Interesting. THAT sounds pretty closed minded. And rgrace is 100% correct, btw. :cheers:
100% correct? Not 75% correct, or even 99.93% correct? Now THAT sounds closed minded.
JohnErle wrote:
Apparently the people who praise this kind of stuff are perfectly capable of having closed minds as well.
"This kind of stuff." Interesting. THAT sounds pretty closed minded. And rgrace is 100% correct, btw. :cheers:
Krispian wrote:
This guy never became mediocre.
How true. I like how he was unafraid to try different styles and approaches to jazz. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't, but it was always interesting to hear him experiment and think through his music.
Bill- thanks for rescuing us from the veils
rgrace wrote:
I just feel those who dismiss that type of work are really limiting themselves and keeping an unnecessarily closed mind. Much of his stuff ranks among the greatest art ever produced in any musical genre, and it's not even a matter of debate.
Apparently the people who praise this kind of stuff are perfectly capable of having closed minds as well.
dmax wrote:
I like Miles' older stuff, more traditional stuff.
Hard to think of anything Miles *ever* did as traditional--unless we're talking about him *starting* the tradition. :angel: Didn't he basically invent cool jazz? And hard bop, IIRC... EDIT: Whoops, a little digging shows he followed Wardell Gray and J.J. Johnson on the hard bop.
inindian wrote:
Adequately stated rgrace. So many so-called music fans at RP seem to state such harshly negative views of music that they could otherwise quite simply state they just don't like, rather than saying it's a load of garbage. Could be wrong but that seems indicative of being narrow minded.
great point and great point
dmax wrote:
...... (BTW, algrif, read the fine print before you flame. Really.)
Don't make it so fine next time. BTW what does it mean anyway? (I'm Brit and some US english goes right over my head, I'm afraid) Edit: OK I've worked it out.
miles, loved his stuf with trane
Krispian wrote:
This guy never became mediocre.
His music remained dreadful though.
Miles Davis is such a genius . . . never gets old . . . never vanilla. jam on . . . :war: or i'll cut you. :eh:
Krispian wrote:
This guy never became mediocre.
so true, so true.
This guy never became mediocre.