- Opening Medley (one phone call, street scenes, that’s what
- Desiree’s Desire
- Donna Lee – Davis
- The Man with the Horn
- Blue’n Green
- No News is Good News
Robert Irving III – Keyboards & Piano
Adam Holzman – Keyboards
David McMurray – Saxophones & Vocals
Randy Hall – Guitar & Vocals
Mino Cinelu – Percussion & Vocals
Victor Bailey – Bass
Ricky Wellman – Drums
Carla Cook – Vocal on The Man with the Horn
In Miles’s later years he toured with a young rock
influenced band. Opinions are sharply divided on the quality of music
they played, but they certainly weren’t ignored and Miles no doubt
made money from the experience by widening his audience. His introverted
style hardly fitted these flamboyant rockers, but that’s jazz!
In 1994 ESP2 was formed to play a tribute tour to
Miles featuring his compositions and this DVD comes from a live performance
at Stuttgart Jazz Open in the same year.
The band has obviously worked together before and
is nicely balanced, Robert Irving III on Keyboards and David McMurray
on Saxes are excellent and the drumming of Rickie Wellman drives everything
along. Victor Bailey’s nice clean bass lines add to the musical experience.
I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this DVD, but
the jazz content outweighs the rock content and the electronics don’t
over power everything. Mino Cinelu’s use of various percussion instruments
brings variety to the backings and increases the excitement.
Donna Lee is quite different from the Charlie Parker
version, but inventive nevertheless and David McMurray gets round
a difficult melody with ease. Why Carla Cook gets a billing for her
contribution to The Man With a Horn, I don’t know. Mino Onelu performs
the major vocal part; perhaps she was featured in another session
during the concert.
Ambrosia reminds us of Miles last tour and Blue and
Green kicks in with some excellent Keyboard work from Adam Holzman.
It could be of course that his young rock inspired
band learned a great deal about jazz from Miles Davies, this is a