Jason Miles has put together an awesome contemporary jazz recording to help start 2005 in a kick-ass fashion. His Miles To Miles recording is “in the spirit of Miles Davis.” It’s not an album of covers of Miles’ tunes (except for “Flamenco Sketches”). The songs are influenced by Miles’ life or sound.
For example, he has tracks titled “King of the Bling” and “Ferrari” that are indicative of Miles’ interest in fashion, cool, and cars. Some of the music, especially the opening track, sounds like it picked up where Miles and Marcus Miller left off in the 80s. That’s not surprising since Jason contributed to those recordings.
Jason has attracted a massive list of modern jazz talent to help flesh out the CD. DJ Logic, Karl Denson, Michael Brecker (on soprano sax), Randy Brecker, David Sanchez, Bernie Worrell, Nicholas Payton, Tom Harrell, Gerald Albright, Marc Antoine, Keiko Matsui, and the late Bob Berg all make significant contributions, even co-writing some of the music.
The music is fresh and full of flavor. It’s got some serious funk and melody plus, true to Miles’ spirit, some experimental efforts. I’ve listened to a good number of Jason’s CDs and compilations, dating back to his solo World Tour. Miles To Miles is the best recording I’ve heard from him and is worth spending time to check it out.