A hidden gem from Miles Davis


If experimentalism had a name in music Miles Davis would certainly be a candidate. The level of innovation in his life’s work is immense and now there is actually a new treat out there for you.

Last summer we made a trip to Rome and of course did some decent vinyl hunting and although there was not much to be found we came upon one record with Miles that is still going warm in the studio, so it is with great pleasure we received the news that new previously unreleased material of the master will go live.

So the good news is that Miles´previously unheard Rubberband album is set for its first ever release, via Rhino / Warner Bros. Records this September.

Recorded in October 1985 following Davis’ split from Columbia Records, the album marked another radical shift in direction for the trumpet player, enlisting musicians from across the funk and soul spectrum. It was even due to feature vocalists Al Jarreau and Chaka Khan.

Originally produced by Randy Hall and Zane Giles, and engineered by Reggie Dozier, brother of Motown legend Lamont Dozier, Rubberband was finished off by Davis’ nephew Vince Wilburn Jr., who also played on the initial sessions.

The finished edition now also features new vocals recorded by Lalah Hathaway and Ledisi, and follows the release of a four-track Rubberband EP for Record Store Day last year.

Miles Davis Rubberband is released on September 6. Check out the tracklist below.

Tracklist:

01. ‘Rubberband Of Life’ [Feat. Ledisi]
02. ‘This Is It’
03. ‘Paradise’
04. ‘So Emotional'[Feat. Lalah Hathaway]
05. ‘Give It Up’
06. ‘Maze’
07. ‘Carnival Time’
08. ‘I Love What We Make Together’ [Feat. Randy Hall]
09. ‘See I See’
10. ‘Echoes In Time/The Wrinkle’
11. ‘Rubberband’

Instrumental in the development of jazz, Miles Davis is considered one of the top musicians of his era. Born in Illinois in 1926, he traveled at age 18 to New York City to pursue music. 

Throughout his life, he was at the helm of a changing concept of jazz. Winner of eight Grammy awards, Miles Davis died in 1991 from respiratory distress in Santa Monica, California. https://www.biography.com/musician/miles-davis