Hamer Hall, Melbourne
Arriving unannounced the 10 piece band commenced with some tabla playing and then some stunning trumpet playing. The smouldering, simmering ,smoking funky groove of the electric period continued for over an hour before the transfixed audience good show their appreciation of this outstanding band playing outstanding music.
The Miles Electric band were formed for a one-off and have continued. Top flight musicians ,some played with Miles, others recorded ,a relative – all love the Jacj Johnson, Bitches Brew , On The Corner period and used those great grooves to travel elsewhere -but always within the oeuvre. The band are emphatic that they are noty a covers band , and afterall it wouldn’t make sense as a lot of this stuff was jamming then collated by the maestro Teo Macero. Having said that I recognised a lot of Bitches Brew and a sumblime, majestic In A Silent Way bnefore the jungle line headed off again. It was just great.
Here are the details of the band members copied from their bio:
Expect a funk explosion when the Miles Electric Band hits Australia for the first time, performing music from the influential 1969-1975 era. Musicians who played with Davis during this seminal period feature in the line-up, including bassist Daryl Jones (The Rolling Stones, Sting) and Blackbyrd McKnight (Parliament).
The impressive collection of Miles Davis alumni in the concert also includes Robert Irving III on piano, noted percussionist Munyungo Jackson, and Grammy winners Christian Scott on trumpet and Vince Wilburn Jr. (Davis’ nephew) on drums. Davis’ long time keyboardist John Beasley also plays with the band.
Also featuring turntablist DJ Logic (The Roots) on the decks,saxophonist Antoine Roney, who’s toured the world with jazz veterans Freddie Hubbard and Elvin Jones, and accomplished world musician Debasish Chaudhuri will be on tabla.
Quite varied, a lot of older people but plenty of younger people too.Ordinarily, you get incessant applause for every solo at jazz concerts, but not this night. The crowd were quiet but I think transfixed. At concerts end and there was a pause and then the entire audience stood for a sustained standing ovation. The band seemed releived then delighted.
It made me think..
I could have listened to that again and again.