1971 Miles Davis A Tribute to Jack Johnson

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Why don’t people ever recommend this to newcomers of Jazz? When people ask what Miles album should I buy? And most people are told about Kind of Blue and Bitches Brew.  You should tell them about this album and save them the time.  Released right in the middle of his celebrated jazz-rock period, Jack Johnson is unquestionably the Miles album that I would recommend to anyone wanting to venture into Jazz.

Whatever the case may be, these songs are the closest thing to pure rock n’ roll that Miles Davis ever attempted … and I for one feel a great loss that that the man never saw fit to explore this side of himself, or allow others to move him in that direction.  On Right Off, bassist Michael Henderson, who grooves like I’ve never heard a jazz bassist groove before, sets the pace for drummer Billy Cobham, who plays the…

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