Miles Davis – The Last Word: The Warner Bros. Years (2015) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Miles Davis – The Last Word: The Warner Bros. Years (2015)
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8 disc set from Miles’ work in the 1980-1990s plus live performances. Newly remastered in 2015.

Disc 1 – Tutu
Disc 2 – Music From Siesta (With Marcus Miller)
Disc 3 – Amandla
Disc 4 – Dingo Original Soundtrack (With Michele Legrand)
Disc 5 – Doo Bop
Disc 6 – Miles & Quincy Live At Montreux
Disc 7 – Live Around The World
Disc 8 – Live Performance from Nice Festival, France

In 1985, Miles Davis shocked the music world by moving from Columbia to Warner Bros.. He immediately started working on an album called Perfect Way after a tune by Scritti Politti, later renamed Tutu by producer Tommy LiPuma. When Tutu (a tribute to Desmond Tutu) was released in 1986, it re-ignited Miles Davis’ career, crossing over into the rock and pop markets and winning him two Grammy Awards. A definitive collection of the later part of Miles Davis’ work, fully remastered, from the Warner Bros studio albums Tutu, Amandla and Doo-Bop, the Dingo and Siesta soundtracks, live recordings with Quincy Jones, and the likes of Kenny Garrett, Foley and Adam Holzman.

Perhaps even more so than his ’70s fusion period, trumpeter Miles Davis’ recordings for Warner Bros. from the ’80s sharply divided audiences. If 1970’s Bitches Brew forced jazz fans to take sides in the debate over what qualifies as jazz, albums like 1986’s Tutu and 1989’s Amandla were dismissed outright by the jazz police as over-produced pop albums that bore little if any resemblance to Davis’ classic recordings of the ’50s and ’60s. Despite such backlash from the elite, Tutu earned Davis a Grammy Award, and his records from this era often sold better than his previous, more reverent albums. Long in gestation, the 2015 eight-disc Miles Davis box set The Last Word: The Warner Bros. Years brings together all of the albums the trumpeter recorded for Warner Bros. from 1986 to 1991, plus various live recordings. Originally planned for release as far back as 2001, issues with the Davis estate meant the collection went unreleased. Instead, the label released several similar collections, including 2010’s Perfect Way and 2011’s 1986-1991: The Warner Years. While those sets offered useful thumbnail-sketch versions of Davis’ career with Warner, they are not the complete picture that is The Last Word. Choosing for various reasons to part ways with his longtime label Columbia, Davis signed with Warner Bros. in 1985. Coming out of the tail end of his electric fusion period of the ’70s and early ’80s, Davis embarked on what would be his final creative period, recording and performing right up until his death in September 1991. A fruitful time for Davis, albums included here like Tutu, Amandla, and Doo-Bop found him utilizing modern technology such as computerized loops and overdubs. Working with a bevy of talented younger musicians including bassist Marcus Miller and guitarist John Scofield, Davis continued to embrace a cross-genre aesthetic, delving further into funk and hip-hop, and even collaborating with post-punk outfits like Scritti Politti (whose “Perfect Way” he covered on Tutu). Also included are Davis’ soundtracks for the films Siesta and Dingo, the latter of which found him reuniting with composer Michel Legrand. Davis’ Warner years also found him at the apex of his return to the stage, and to that end, this collection includes three discs of live recordings, the most notable being the storied 1991 Montreux concert with Quincy Jones in which he revisited his classic Gil Evans arrangements. Recorded months before his death, the Montreux concert impossibly brought Davis’ relentlessly forward-thinking career full circle. Ultimately, while Davis’ Warner years will probably never appeal to the jazz police, they reveal an artist who remained a maverick until the end.


Disc 1 – Tutu
01 – Tutu
02 – Tomaas
03 – Portia
04 – Splatch
05 – Backyard Ritual
06 – Perfect Way
07 – Don’t Lose Your Mind
08 – Full Nelson

Disc 2 – Music From “Siesta” (With Marcus Miller)
01 – Lost In Madrid Part I
02 – Siesta – Kitt’s Kiss – Lost In Madrid Part II
03 – Theme For Augustine – Wind – Seduction – Kiss
04 – Submission
05 – Lost In Madrid Part III
06 – Conchita – Lament
07 – Lost In Madrid Part IV – Rat Dance – The Call
08 – Claire – Lost In Madrid Part V
09 – Afterglow
10 – Los Feliz

Disc 3 – Amandla
01 – Catembe
02 – Cobra
03 – Big Time
04 – Hannibal
05 – Jo-Jo
06 – Amandla
07 – Jilli
08 – Mr. Pastorius

Disc 4 – “Dingo” Original Soundtrack (With Michele Legrand)
01 – Kimberley Trumpet
02 – The Arrival
03 – Concert On The Runway
04 – The Departure
05 – Dingo Howl
06 – Letter As Hero
07 – Trumpet Cleaning
08 – The Dream
09 – Paris Walking II
10 – Paris Walking I
11 – Kimberly Trumpet In Paris
12 – The Music Room
13 – Club Entrance
14 – The Jam Session
15 – Going Home
16 – Surprise!

Disc 5 – Doo Bop
01 – Mystery
02 – The Doo-Bop Song
03 – Chocolate Chip
04 – High Speed Chase
05 – Blow
06 – Sonya
07 – Fantasy
08 – Duke Booty
09 – Mystery (Reprise)

Disc 6 – Miles & Quincy “Live At Montreux”
01 – Introduction By Claude Nobs And Quincy Jones (Live at Montreux)
02 – Boplicity (Live at Montreux)
03 – Introduction To Miles Ahead Medley (Live at Montreux)
04 – Springsville (Live at Montreux)
05 – Maids Of Cadiz (Live at Montreux)
06 – The Duke (Live at Montreux)
07 – My Ship (Live at Montreux)
08 – Miles Ahead (Live at Montreux)
09 – Blues For Pablo (Live at Montreux)
10 – Introduction To Porgy And Bess Medley (Live at Montreux)
11 – Orgone (Live at Montreux)
12 – Gone, Gone Gone (Live at Montreux)
13 – Summertime (Live at Montreux)
14 – Here Come De Honey Man (Live at Montreux)
15 – The Pan Piper (Live at Montreux)
16 – Solea (Live at Montreux)

Disc 7 – Live Around The World
01 – In A Silent Way (Live at Indigo Blues Club 12/17/1988, New York, NY 2nd Show)
02 – Intruder (Live at Indigo Blues Club, New York, NY 12/17/1988 2nd Show)
03 – New Blues (Live at Greek Theatre 8/14/1988 Los Angeles, CA)
04 – Human Nature (Live at Liebenauer Eishalle 11/1/1988 Graz, Austria)
05 – Mr. Pastorius (Live at Le Zenith – Domaine de Grammond 04/12/89 Montpelier, France)
06 – Amandla (Live at Pallazo Della Civita ‘The Steps’ Rome, Italy, 07/26/1989)
07 – Wrinkle (Live at Casino De Montreux, Montreux International Festival 07/20/90 Montreux, Switzerland)
08 – Tutu (Live at Casino De Montreux 07/20/90)
09 – Full Nelson (Live at Osaka Expo Live Under The Sky Festival, Tokyo, Japan 08/7/88)
10 – Time After Time (Live at Chicago Theatre – JVC Jazz Festival Chicago, IL 6/9/89)
11 – Hannibal (Live)

Live Performance from Nice Festival, France (July 1986)
01 – Opening Medley (‘Theme From Jack Johnson’ / ‘Speak’ / That’s What Happened’)( Live at Nice Festival, France, July 1986)
02 – New Blues (Live at Nice Festival, France, July 1986)
03 – The Maze (Live at Nice Festival, France, July 1986)
04 – Human Nature (Live at Nice Festival, France, July 1986)
05 – Portia (Live from Nice Festival, France, July 1986)
06 – Splatch (Live at Nice Festival, France, July 1986)
07 – Time After Time (Live at Nice Festival, France, July 1986)
08 – Carnival Time (Live at Nice Festival, France, July 1986)