Album: Various Artists, Miles from India (Times Square)
Sunday 18 May 2008
"A Cross-Cultural Celebration of the Music of Miles Davis," it says, in which prominent Indian musos get down and dirty with prominent ex-Davis sidemen in... well, you've read the subtitle already. And guess what? It works, by and large. Miles always had a thing for Indian music and Davis-heads will recall his expansive use of tablas and sitar on various Sixties and Seventies records.
Material is culled from both acoustic and electric eras: "So What", "In a Silent Way", "All Blues" "Jean Pierre" etc – and the approach is about as respectful of the original idioms as it could be. Highly enjoyable. And Pete Cosey's on it.
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