:::Get Up With It:::

Posted: Monday, 15 August 2011 by jazzlover in Etykiety: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Get Up With It was Miles' last studio album before he took a long break, and shows him at the absolute apex of his mid-70s creativity. All the elements he had been experimenting with are here, crazy psychedelic guitars, Stockhausen influenced attempts to stretch time and space, futuristic polyrhythmic African grooves and bizarre, almost satirical de-constructionist takes on common blues, funk and rock licks all combine to make an album that was way ahead of it's time in the mid-70s, and still sounds modern to this day.
Songs like Rated X and Mtume stand out with their polyrhythmic wall of wah-wah guitars, percussion, bass and distorted organ recreating a futuristic psychedelic yet somewhat traditional African music. On Honky Tonk the band stretches common funk riffs into pointillist abstraction by slowing down the time and leaving a lot of space between their interactions. Maiysha opens with a loungey latin groove that becomes strangely unsettling and menacing before the song eventually breaks into a harsh blues riff played at a numbingly slow tempo while psychedelic guitar wizard Pete Cosey's solo sounds like it was recorded on a tape that was underwater and slipping badly, this is absolute de-constructed blues from beyond hell.
Another stand-out track is Calypso Frelimo, this song takes up side three as it winds itself through different sections before it ends with a chaotic, almost punkish, double-time African jam that has gutarists Cosey and Reggie Lucas trading harsh distorted psych-funk licks with weird repeated spaghetti western type melodies. This totally bizarre song always has something new to hear in it's thick collage of almost incongruos sounds.
Probably the best song on the album, and the most prophetic and forward looking, is He Loved Him Madly, a lengthy improvisation which takes up all of side one. On this cut Miles presents two guitars, flute, bass, drums and percussion playing a patient and slow unfolding of musical events that is part Stockhausen and part raga before the percussion kicks in. Anywhere from ten to twenty years ahead of it's time, this song would pre-date much of the ambient, new-age and trip-hop music that would follow in it's wake. Brian Eno has often praised this song for what an effect it had on his own musical direction.
It is really hard to describe this album and do it justice, words like rock and funk etc could apply to millions of albums, but there is no album like this one, fueled with a malicious sense of mischief, a dark sarcastic sense of humor and tempered with a deep love for music, and a love for those that feel as strongly about music as he does, Miles produced an absolute masterpiece, an album that never could, nor never will be repeated.
:::Review by js (Easy Money):::

Miles Davis - Get Up With It (1974)

Disc 1
1. He Loved Him Madly (32:20)
2. Maiysha (14:56)
3. Honky Tonk (5:57)
4. Rated X (6:53)

Disc 2
5. Calypso Frelimo (32:10)
6. Red China Blues (4:10)
7. Mtume (15:12)
8. Billy Preston (12:35)

1970 (3)
- Miles Davis / trumpet
- Steve Grossman / soprano saxophone
- John McLaughlin / electric guitar
- Keith Jarrett / electric piano
- Herbie Hancock / clavinet
- Michael Henderson / bass guitar
- Billy Cobham / drums
- Airto Moreira / percussion

1972 (4, 6, 8)
- Miles Davis / organ
- Cedric Lawson / electric piano
- Reggie Lucas / electric guitar
- Khalil Balakrishna / electric sitar
- Michael Henderson / bass guitar
- Al Foster / drums
- James Mtume Foreman / percussion
- Badal Roy / tabla
- Sonny Fortune / flute
- Carlos Garnett / soprano saxophone

1973 (5)
- Miles Davis / trumpet, electric piano, organ
- Dave Liebman / flute
- John Stubblefield / soprano saxophone
- Pete Cosey / electric guitar
- Reggie Lucas / electric guitar
- Michael Henderson / bass guitar
- Al Foster / drums
- James Mtume Foreman / percussion

1974 (1-2, 7)
- Miles Davis / trumpet, organ
- Dave Liebman / soprano saxophone, flute
- Sonny Fortune / flute
- Pete Cosey / electric guitar
- Dominique Gaumont / electric guitar
- Michael Henderson / bass guitar
- Al Foster / drums
- James Mtume Foreman / percussion

4 komentarze:

  1. Anonymous says:

    thank you!!!

  1. E-mile says:

    I have this double CD set, love the glasses and EVERY minute of it [:-)
    gooooood post JL!
    peace, E-mile

  1. This is the absolute bomb, an expanded update of "In A Silent Way", and by extension, "Kind Of Blue".