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Electrifying Miles
UMO Jazz Orchestra
Electrifying Miles
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
 
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Maybe it's a measure of how far Miles Davis's acoustic music has soaked into the jazz mainstream that tributes to him in the late 1990s tend to favor the trumpeter's electric period. It's odd in any case to hear music that...  more »

      
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All Artists: UMO Jazz Orchestra
Title: Electrifying Miles
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Challenge
Original Release Date: 5/4/1999
Release Date: 5/4/1999
Album Type: Import
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
Styles: Europe, Scandinavia, Swing Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 608917315325

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Maybe it's a measure of how far Miles Davis's acoustic music has soaked into the jazz mainstream that tributes to him in the late 1990s tend to favor the trumpeter's electric period. It's odd in any case to hear music that extends from Davis's late-1960s and '70s era to his last-recorded works taken up by the Umo Jazz Orchestra. A Finnish aggregate of likeminded players, Umo give "High Speed Chase" (from the hip-hop-tinged Doo Bop) an intense, speedy take thanks largely to trumpeting guest Tim Hagans. They likewise grab pieces from Davis's transitional mid-1960s period, when he was taking his young, agile acoustic quintet toward the funky vamps that marked the electric period. "Prince of Darkness" (from Sorcerer) is, though, big in every way, sprawling in its volume and its chunking sound that while heavy still bounds fleetly on the tons of horns Umo throw out. Guesting with Hagans throughout the session are guitarist Raoul Björkenheim and members of his electric postfree fusion band Krakatau. Björkenheim is a bracing player and races with Hagans all over this amazing session. For very unlikely big Miles, check this out. --Andrew Bartlett

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Big Band Electronic Miles is phat!
07/20/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This album has some of Miles latter works arranged for big band and showcases trumpeter Tim Hagans. All in all it is a good combination. Some writing (The Prince Of Darkness) is quite ambitious, but all are fresh and energetic versions of great Miles hits. Hagans, the star soloist, is at his best and will make your scream in excitement. The only thing which would have really made it a 5 star album is if they would have had a better drummer, but that is really a minor issue."