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FUSION FOR MILES A Guitar Tribute to Miles Davis
Mascot M7166-2 (2005)

Miles Davis was a renowned band leader in the Jazz and Jazz Fusion world, but this tribute (house band, each track with a guest guitarist) is a largely painful affair.

Jazz Fusion is one thing, most of these supposedly name guitarists (never heard of any of them) do their best to make the music as disjointed as possible.

The musicianship is good, the production polished, if youíre into this kind of thing, but with 10 anal and disjointed instrumentals averaging 6 minutes each, this kind of project needs a little more thought in the arrangements from the listenerís point of view. Less jazz and more progressive and it might be bearable.

Itís not possible to Ďcopeí with this kind of music. You either love it or hate it. If itís done well, in bursts (think Jeff Beck), it can be great. But this just way too much.


Review by Joe Geesin

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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