May 28, 2008 Playlist

"The Miles & Bob Show"
Miles Dewey Davis III    Robert Zimmerman

The annual birthday tribute to Bob Dylan (b. 24 May 1941) & Miles Davis (b. 26 May 1926)

"In A Silent Way" by Miles Davis (1969)
Miles Davis  "In A Silent Way"  1969 (USA)
Although this was actually the third album Miles Davis released featuring "electronic instruments" and "rock textures", In A Silent Way is rightly considered a landmark in his transformation from a mere jazz genius into a 20th century icon whose music transcends genre labels.  Although forward looking in many ways, this album still retains a lot of the flavor of Miles' legendary acoustic quintet of the mid-sixties -- stalwarts Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Tony Williams were all still on board, joined by the electric pianos of Joe Zawinul and Chick Corea, and the electric bass and guitar of Brits Dave Holland and John McLaughlin.  Another notable facet of this recording is that the two side long compositions are spliced together from hours of taped improvisations (again not the first time Miles had relied on his gifted producer/editor Teo Macero to polish things up, but nonetheless a transformational moment in that this time the arrangements were actually created in the editing.)  Miles followed this masterpiece with the double album free form funk of Bitches Brew, another landmark which is one of the best selling "jazz" albums in history (although the all-time top selling jazz record apparently remains Miles' 1959 classic Kind of Blue.)
For a more florid review of the music on this album, read young Lester Bangs' contemporaneous review.  Here's a Miles classic in his modal style of the late 1950's:  "So What".  And here he is 15 years later playing his totally unique style of electro-funk music: "Calypso Frelimo".  Plus here's a rare clip of Miles making his transformation from "acoustic jazz" to "electric rock":  "Spanish Key" live in 1969, a tune released on Bitches Brew  the following year.
Artist Song Album Year Country
Bob Dylan
(backed up by most of The Band)
Like A Rolling Stone (Live) The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert 1966 USA/Canada
Miles Davis Miles Runs The Voodoo Down Bitches Brew 1970 USA
Bob Dylan Talking World War III Blues The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
1963 USA
Them (Van Morrison) It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (by Bob Dylan) Them Again 1966 Ireland
Manfred Mann If You Gotta Go, Go Now (by Bob Dylan) Semi-Detached Suburban (20 Great Hits of the Sixties) rec. 1965 UK
Cher All I Really Want To Do (by Bob Dylan) All I Really Want To Do 1965 USA
The Byrds Just Like A Woman (by Bob Dylan) (Untitled) LP outtake - "The Byrds" box set rec. 1970  USA
Billy Preston It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) (by Bob Dylan) Everybody Likes Some Kind Of Music 1973 USA
The Nice My Back Pages (by Bob Dylan) Elegy 1970 UK
Bob Dylan Queen Jane Approximately Highway 61 Revisited 1965 USA
Sonny (Bono) I Just Sit There Inner Views 1967 USA
Miles Davis Teo Someday My Prince Will Come 1961 USA
Miles Davis Shhh / Peaceful In A Silent Way
1969 USA
Bob Dylan Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts Blood On The Tracks 1975 USA
Cannonball Adderley (with Miles Davis) Autumn Leaves Somethin' Else 1958 USA
Wayne Shorter JuJu JuJu 1964 USA
Return To Forever (Chick Corea) Game Maker Hymn Of The Seventh Galaxy 1973 USA
Mahavishnu Orchestra (John McLaughlin) Miles Beyond (Miles Davis) Birds Of Fire 1973 UK/USA/
Miles Davis Stuff Miles In The Sky 1968 USA
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