Miles Davis Miles Davis Champions From The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions

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    Miles Davis had a deep love and respect for boxing, seeing deep parallels between “the sweet science” and his own relationship with music. One of Miles’ favorites of his own recordings was the 1971 soundtrack to the Bill Cayton documentary about Jack Johnson and he was inspired by the political and racial subtext of the legendary boxer’s saga. Culled from the celebrated expanded project The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions released in 2003, and name-checking a number of pugilistic legends (“Ali,” “Sugar Ray,” “Duran,” “Johnny Bratton”), these funk-infused recordings rock harder than anything that Miles put to tape. Featuring a sterling line-up of musicians (Wayne Shorter, John McLaughlin, Dave Holland, Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Cobham) and a legendary cover photo of Miles in the ring captured by Jim Marshall, the release finds this music issued on vinyl (in brilliant yellow) for general release for the first time ever.

    Other Releases by Miles Davis

    Miles DavisDark MagusMusic On Vinyl

    Recorded live at Carnegie Hall, NYC, on a cold March night in 1974, this is where Miles became straight-up sinister. 

      Miles DavisBig Fun (1974)Columbia/Legacy

      Recorded between 1969 and 1972, with four different ensembles that include the cream of the crop in Jazz and fusion: Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Dave Holland and more.

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          Vinyl condition: VG+Sleeve condition: VG+Original = Original USA vinyl , minor sleeve ageing
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        Miles DavisBitches Brew LiveColumbia

        Miles performs with Chick Corea on electric piano, Dave Holland on acoustic bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums; musicians who  went on to become leaders of the fusion movement. (Wayne Shorter unfortunately missed this date because he was stuck in traffic.)

        The A1 track "Miles Runs The Voodoo Down" is the first professionally live recorded version of this song. The other six songs were recorded at the Isle Of Wight festival in 1970,and contain "Directions" and "It's About That Time" from the In A Silent Way sessions.

          Miles DavisAghartaColumbia (1975)

          The first of two albums taken from the same concert in 1975, the other being 'Pangaea.' They represent a full stop at the end of Miles'70s experiments before his five year 'retirement.' It had been arguably Miles' most creative phase of his career, and here, predictably, things are still changing and developing.

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            Miles DavisAscenseur Pour L'ÉchafaudFontana (1957)

            Stunning music created by Miles Davis for the 1957 French film Lift to the Scaffold.

            Performed by a Miles Davis-fronted European band for a movie by Louis Malle, this music helped define the sound of film noir.

            CD includes 8 bonus tracks!!

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              Miles DavisLive - EvilColumbia (1970)

              70's Miles Davis at his most spontaneous, the electric follow up to Bitches Brew. A combination of live and studio tracks produced by Teo Macero.

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                Miles DavisMiles Ahead (1957)Columbia

                The classic first collaboration with arranger Gil Evans sees Miles' first experiment with a big band 

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                  Miles DavisGet Up With It (1974)Columbia

                  Heavyweight fusion from 74 with Airto, Herbie Hancock, Billy Cobham, Pete Cosey, Keith Jarrett and Carlos Garnett - an allstar lineup if ever.


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                    Miles DavisKind of Blue (1959)Columbia

                    There's a good reason that this is the world's most loved jazz album - because it really is an amazingly beautiful record and a perfect exemplar of its genre! This truly is the jazz record that everyone should own!

                    Miles Davis produced a lot of records in his career that are now considered classic albums, but none more so than this - this is both a milestone in the history of jazz and an amazingly beautiful and timeless record!

                    This is the modal jazz record that every jazz player dreamed of bettering - it set a standard of style and beauty that still remains today!

                    Alternately cool, tranquil, mournful, and bluesy - standout tracks have to be the opener So What, and the heart-wrenchingly beautiful Blue in Green and All Blues!

                    Every music fan needs this album!

                    Very highly recommended!

                    * Double album special edition also features a bonus alternate take of "Flamenco Sketches" and "On Green Dolphin Street"


                    • – So What
                    • – Blue in Green
                    • – All Blues
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                    Miles DavisOn The Corner (1972)Columbia

                    Classic super-funky early seventies jazz fusion album from Miles Davis!

                    The Bitches Brew album is famous for being Miles Davis' radical departure from his 1960s style post-bop into the realms of jazz-funk-rock fusion, but its the On the Corner album that far better exemplifies the direction he was taking towards rhythmic, layered, funky longform improvisations! 

                    This classic album features a host of young musicians including Carlos Garnett, Michael Henderson, Al Foster, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Dave Liebman, and Jack De Johnette!

                    • – On the Corner/NY Girl/Thinkin/Vote for Miles
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                    Miles DavisMiles In The SkyColumbia (1968)

                    The first steps in Miles electric phase - fantastic.

                      Miles DavisSeven Steps To HeavenColumbia (1963)

                      Miles, George Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Victor Feldman, Ron Carter, Tony WIlliams. Produced by Teo Macero. Miles is in the ZONE! Modal grooviness.

                      Definitely one of the best of his middle phase before he moved into electric fusion/rock.

                        Miles DavisWe Want MilesColumbia (1982)

                        This live album from 1982 puts him together with a young Marcus Miller. It is as good as it gets.

                          Miles DavisBirth Of The CoolCapitol Jazz

                          Back in 1949/50, Miles Davis and eight friends recorded 3 sessions. The results were released as singles, then collected together and released in 1957 as `Birth Of The Cool' under the name of Miles Davis. But the other names in the group should not be overlooked, they read like a who's who of 50's and 60's cool and freeform jazz, with people like Gerry Mulligan, Max Roach and Gil Evans all making important contributions.

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                            Miles DavisNefertiti (1967)Columbia

                            Absolute classic album from Miles Davis' 'second classic quintet' with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams...superb!

                            By 1967 Miles Davis and his group were at the height of their creative powers: the group had been together for several years at this point, just before the introduction of electronic elements, and were pushing the boundaries of the hard bop style they had perfected to its absolute limits. Neferetiti was the fourth studio album they recorded together and we think it's their best!

                            Put simply, any fan of 1960s modal jazz needs this album!

                            CD features four bonus tracks of alternate takes!

                            Very highly recommended!

                            • – nefertiti
                            • – fall
                            • – riot
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                            Miles Davis Porgy and Bess (1958)CBS Records

                            Seminal and controversial album recorded under the direction of Gil Evans in 1958. 

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                              Miles DavisMilestones (1958)Columbia

                              Seminal modal jazz LP from the late 'fifties featuring John Coltrane!

                              • – Milestones
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                              Miles DavisRound About Midnight (1956)Columbia

                              Miles began his 30 year run at Columbia records with this album, a bop masterpiece. The individual strengths of each player that made this group so good are showcased on this recording. The beautiful tone of Miles's trumpet being played through a harmon mute directly into the microphone, inventive solos from John Coltrane, steady rhythm work from Philly Joe Jones and Paul Chambers, and laid back playing from Red Garland on piano.

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                                Miles DavisFilles de Kilimanjaro (1969)Columbia

                                This excellent album marks the transition point between Miles Davis' mid-sixties acoustic modal work with his second classic quintet and his early seventies electric fusion recordings.

                                This is like a prelude to the excellent "In a Silent Way" album!

                                Recommended!

                                • – Tout de Suite
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                                Miles DavisIn A Silent Way (1969)Columbia

                                Late 60s deep electric jazz. Recommended. With Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul and Tony Williams.

                                  Miles DavisSketches of Spain (1960)Columbia

                                  Classic Miles album, produced and arranged by Gil Evans, with a beautiful take on Rodrigo's 'Concierto De Aranjuez'.



                                    Miles DavisBitches Brew (1969)Columbia

                                    Essential classic jazz fusion album!

                                    This seminal album set the trend for all those wigged-out, heavy, psychedelic, free-form jazz rock fusion albums from the early seventies!

                                    This is the album that brought the Woodstock generation to jazz and forever changed the course the music would take - it features Miles putting his trumpet through a Wah-Wah and other effects pedals and jamming with an electric funk-influenced band (think Sly Stone's There's a Riot Goin' On!) featuring Joe Zawinul, John McLaughlin, Larry Young, Bennie Maupin, and others, to create heady, experimental, abstract, darkly enticing, long-form jams!

                                    This deluxe reissue really shows off the classic Nobuyuki Nakanishi sleeve art and features a previously unreleased bonus track!

                                    An essental classic album! Recommended!

                                    • – Pharoah's Dance
                                    • – Spanish Key
                                    • – John McLaughlin
                                    Miles DavisSorcerer (1967)Columbia

                                    Brilliant modal jazz album from the vintage year of 1967!

                                    1967 saw Miles Davis' 'second' classic quintet of Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, and Ron Carter record the music for the albums Nefertiti, Water Babies and Sorceror - all essential modal jazz albums recorded by what was essentially a tight and long-standing super-group of some of the best jazz players on the planet! These musicians just operate on a higher plain!

                                    Highly recommended!

                                    • – Pee Wee

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                                                                    £18

                                                                    12"

                                                                    Double A sided, x4 trk 12" single. This 12” features two reggae remixes each of “Jokerman” and “I And I” by Doctor Dread. The original versions of both tracks appeared on Dylan’s ‘Infidels’ album with Sly & Robbie as the rhythm section. The two “I And I” remixes were previously released on ‘Is It Rolling Bob: A Reggae Tribute To Bob Dylan’ (2003) while the ‘Jokerman’ remixes are newly commissioned and previously unreleased. Doctor Dread has worked with Bob Marley, Black Uhuru, Jimmy Cliff, Inner Circle, Gregory Isaacs, Luciano, Mad Cobra, Freddy Mcgregor, Sly and Robbie, Steel Pulse, The Wailers and many others.

                                                                      • 12"£18.00
                                                                        RSD 2021 DROP 2. Available online from 6pm Sat 17th July
                                                                        Out of stock
                                                                      The CureWild Mood SwingsUMC

                                                                      RSD 2021 DROP 2. Available online from 6pm Sat July 17

                                                                      £32.00

                                                                      2LP Picture Disc

                                                                      First time on Picture Disc for this 25th Anniversary – Record Store Day 2021 Exclusive. Features the singles, “The 13th”, “Mint Car”, “Gone” & “Strange Attraction”. The 2LP Picture Disc is housed in a die-cut Gatefold Sleeve and comes with a Download Card.

                                                                        • 2xLP (Picture Disc)£32.00
                                                                          RSD 2021 DROP 2. Available online from 6pm Sat July 17
                                                                          Out of stock