Although he was the epitome of jazz musicians, Miles Davis was and remains in death, the ultimate popular music deity. Long-time fans will already have most of the material here but this collection is meant to introduce Davis to a new generation.

As such, it features a mix of his classic '50s numbers like “So What,” “Stella by Starlight” and “'Round Midnight,” all of which feature his partner-in-cool, sax man John Coltrane and numbers associated with more contemporary artists. Davis' unmistakable trumpet-playing style turns a cocktail-jazz version of Cindy Lauper's “Time After Time” into a keeper and a similar treatment is given to Michael Jackson's “Human Nature.”

The one “new” song here is a remix of a fusion cut Davis did back in the hippie era with Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea called “It's About That Time.” The cut already featured smoking guitar work from John McLaughlin, but here it absolutely burns with fretwork from Carlos Santana.

Article posted on 1/9/2007
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