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The Last Word - The Warner Bros. Years

Miles Davis

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Perhaps even more so than his '70s fusion period, trumpeter Miles Davis' recordings for Warner Bros. from the '80s sharply divided audiences. If 1970's Bitches Brew forced jazz fans to take sides in the debate over what qualifies as jazz, albums like 1986's Tutu and 1989's Amandla were dismissed outright by the jazz police as over-produced pop albums that bore little if any resemblance to Davis' classic recordings of the '50s and '60s. Despite such backlash from the elite, Tutu earned Davis a Grammy Award, and his records from this era often sold better than his previous, more reverent albums. Long in gestation, the 2015 eight-disc Miles Davis box set The Last Word: The Warner Bros. Years brings together all of the albums the trumpeter recorded for Warner Bros. from 1986 to 1991, plus various live recordings. Originally planned for release as far back as 2001, issues with the Davis estate meant the collection went unreleased. Instead, the label released several similar collections, including 2010's Perfect Way and 2011's 1986-1991: The Warner Years. While those sets offered useful thumbnail-sketch versions of Davis' career with Warner, they are not the complete picture that is The Last Word. Choosing for various reasons to part ways with his longtime label Columbia, Davis signed with Warner Bros. in 1985. Coming out of the tail end of his electric fusion period of the '70s and early '80s, Davis embarked on what would be his final creative period, recording and performing right up until his death in September 1991. A fruitful time for Davis, albums included here like Tutu, Amandla, and Doo-Bop found him utilizing modern technology such as computerized loops and overdubs. Working with a bevy of talented younger musicians including bassist Marcus Miller and guitarist John Scofield, Davis continued to embrace a cross-genre aesthetic, delving further into funk and hip-hop, and even collaborating with post-punk outfits like Scritti Politti (whose "Perfect Way" he covered on Tutu). Also included are Davis' soundtracks for the films Siesta and Dingo, the latter of which found him reuniting with composer Michel Legrand. Davis' Warner years also found him at the apex of his return to the stage, and to that end, this collection includes three discs of live recordings, the most notable being the storied 1991 Montreux concert with Quincy Jones in which he revisited his classic Gil Evans arrangements. Recorded months before his death, the Montreux concert impossibly brought Davis' relentlessly forward-thinking career full circle. Ultimately, while Davis' Warner years will probably never appeal to the jazz police, they reveal an artist who remained a maverick until the end.
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1
Tutu (2015 Remaster)
00:05:16

BILL SCHNEE, Mixer - Tommy Lipuma, ExecutiveProducer - Eric Calvi, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Digital Remasterer - Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist - Andy Snitzer, Digital Editor - Jason Miles, Synthesizer Programmer - MARCUS MILLER, Producer, Arranger, Writer, Synthesizer Programmer, All Additional Instruments - Paulinho Da Costa, Percussion - Erik Zobler, Engineer - ADAM HOLZMAN, Synthesizer Programmer - PETER DOELL, Engineer - Koji Egawa, Digital Editor

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1986 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

2
Tomaas (2015 Remaster)
00:05:37

Bernard Wright, Additional Synthesizer - Tommy Lipuma, ExecutiveProducer - Eric Calvi, Mixer, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Digital Remasterer - OMAR HAKIM, Drums, Percussion - Miles Davis, Trumpet, Writer, MainArtist - Andy Snitzer, Digital Editor - Jason Miles, Synthesizer Programmer - MARCUS MILLER, Producer, Arranger, Writer, Synthesizer Programmer, All Additional Instruments - Erik Zobler, Engineer - PETER DOELL, Engineer - Koji Egawa, Digital Editor

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1986 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

3
Portia (2015 Remaster)
00:06:18

BILL SCHNEE, Mixer - Tommy Lipuma, ExecutiveProducer - Eric Calvi, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Digital Remasterer - Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist - Andy Snitzer, Digital Editor - Jason Miles, Synthesizer Programmer - MARCUS MILLER, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Synthesizer Programmer, All Additional Instruments - Paulinho Da Costa, Percussion - Erik Zobler, Engineer - ADAM HOLZMAN, Synthesizer Programmer - PETER DOELL, Engineer - Koji Egawa, Digital Editor

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1986 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

4
Splatch (2015 Remaster)
00:04:45

BILL SCHNEE, Mixer - Tommy Lipuma, ExecutiveProducer - Eric Calvi, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Digital Remasterer - Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist - Andy Snitzer, Digital Editor - Jason Miles, Synthesizer Programmer - MARCUS MILLER, Producer, Arranger, Writer, Synthesizer Programmer, All Additional Instruments - Paulinho Da Costa, Percussion - Erik Zobler, Engineer - ADAM HOLZMAN, Synthesizer Programmer, Solo Synthesizer - STEVE Reid, Percussion - PETER DOELL, Engineer - Koji Egawa, Digital Editor

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1986 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

5
Backyard Ritual (2015 Remaster)
00:04:50

Tommy Lipuma, ExecutiveProducer - Eric Calvi, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Digital Remasterer - Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist - Andy Snitzer, Digital Editor - MARCUS MILLER, Bass - Paulinho Da Costa, Percussion - Erik Zobler, Mixer, Engineer - George Duke, Producer, Arranger, Writer, All Additional Instruments - PETER DOELL, Engineer - Koji Egawa, Digital Editor

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1986 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

6
Perfect Way (2015 Remaster)
00:04:36

David Gamson, Writer - Tommy Lipuma, ExecutiveProducer - Eric Calvi, Mixer, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Digital Remasterer - Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist - Green Gartside, Writer - Andy Snitzer, Digital Editor - Jason Miles, Synthesizer Programmer - MARCUS MILLER, Producer, Arranger, Synthesizer Programmer, All Additional Instruments - Erik Zobler, Engineer - PETER DOELL, Engineer - Koji Egawa, Digital Editor

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1986 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

7
Don't Lose Your Mind (2015 Remaster)
00:05:50

Bernard Wright, Additional Synthesizer - Tommy Lipuma, ExecutiveProducer - Eric Calvi, Mixer, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Digital Remasterer - Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist - Andy Snitzer, Digital Editor - Jason Miles, Synthesizer Programmer - MARCUS MILLER, Producer, Arranger, Writer, Synthesizer Programmer, All Additional Instruments - Erik Zobler, Engineer - PETER DOELL, Engineer - Koji Egawa, Digital Editor - Michael Urbaniak, Electric Violin

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1986 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

8
Full Nelson (2015 Remaster)
00:05:06

Tommy Lipuma, ExecutiveProducer - Eric Calvi, Mixer, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Digital Remasterer - Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist - Andy Snitzer, Digital Editor - Jason Miles, Synthesizer Programmer - MARCUS MILLER, Producer, Arranger, Writer, Synthesizer Programmer, All Additional Instruments - Erik Zobler, Engineer - PETER DOELL, Engineer - Koji Egawa, Digital Editor

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1986 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

DISC 2

1
Lost in Madrid Pt. I (2015 Remaster)
00:01:48

Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist - MARCUS MILLER, Writer, Pro Tools

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1987 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

2
Siesta - Kitt's Kiss - Lost in Madrid, Pt. II (2015 Remaster)
00:06:55

OMAR HAKIM, Drums - Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist - Jason Miles, Synthesizer Programmer - MARCUS MILLER, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - John Scofield, Acoustic Guitar

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1987 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

3
Theme for Augustine - Wind - Seduction - Kiss (2015 Remaster)
00:06:33

Miles Davis, Trumpet, Writer, MainArtist - Jason Miles, Synthesizer Programmer - MARCUS MILLER, Producer, Writer, MainArtist

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1987 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

4
Submission (2015 Remaster)
00:02:31

Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist - Jason Miles, Synthesizer Programmer - MARCUS MILLER, Composer, Producer, MainArtist

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1987 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

5
Lost in Madrid, Pt. III (2015 Remaster)
00:00:49

Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist - MARCUS MILLER, Composer, Producer, MainArtist

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1987 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

6
Conchita - Lament (2015 Remaster)
00:06:44

Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist - MARCUS MILLER, Producer, Writer, MainArtist

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1987 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

7
Lost in Madrid, Pt. IV - Rat Dance - The Call (2015 Remaster)
00:01:41

Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist - MARCUS MILLER, Producer, Writer, MainArtist

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1987 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

8
Claire - Lost in Madrid, Pt. V (2015 Remaster)
00:04:33

Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist - MARCUS MILLER, Producer, Writer, MainArtist - EARL KLUGH, Classical Guitar

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1987 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

9
Afterglow (2015 Remaster)
00:01:41

Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist - MARCUS MILLER, Composer, Producer, MainArtist

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1987 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

10
Los Feliz (2015 Remaster)
00:04:35

Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist - MARCUS MILLER, Composer, MainArtist - James Walker, Flute

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1987 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

DISC 3

1
Catembe (2015 Remaster)
00:05:37

Bruce Miller, Engineer - BILL SCHNEE, Mixer - Tommy Lipuma, Producer - Eric Calvi, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Digital Remasterer - Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, ExecutiveProducer - Andy Snitzer, Digital Editor - Jason Miles, Synthesizer Programmer - MARCUS MILLER, Producer, Arranger, Bass Clarinet, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Soprano Saxophone, Writer, Bass - Erik Zobler, Engineer - Al Schmitt, Engineer - KENNY GARRETT, Alto Saxophone - Don Alias, Percussion - Alec Head, Engineer - Koji Egawa, Digital Editor - Mino Cinelu, Percussion - Henry Falco, Engineer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

2
Cobra (2015 Remaster)
00:05:16

Bruce Miller, Engineer - BILL SCHNEE, Mixer - Tommy Lipuma, Producer - Eric Calvi, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Digital Remasterer - Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, ExecutiveProducer - Andy Snitzer, Digital Editor - Jason Miles, Synthesizer Programmer - MARCUS MILLER, Producer, Bass Clarinet, Keyboards, Bass - Erik Zobler, Engineer - Michael Landau, Guitar - Al Schmitt, Engineer - Joey DeFrancesco, Keyboards - KENNY GARRETT, Soprano Saxophone - George Duke, Producer, Arranger, Keyboards, Writer - Alec Head, Engineer - Koji Egawa, Digital Editor - Henry Falco, Engineer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

3
Big Time (2015 Remaster)
00:05:41

Bruce Miller, Engineer - BILL SCHNEE, Mixer - Tommy Lipuma, Producer - Eric Calvi, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Digital Remasterer - Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, ExecutiveProducer - Andy Snitzer, Digital Editor - Jason Miles, Synthesizer Programmer - MARCUS MILLER, Producer, Arranger, Bass Clarinet, Keyboards, Soprano Saxophone, Writer, Bass - Erik Zobler, Engineer - Al Schmitt, Engineer - Foley, Solo Guitar - KENNY GARRETT, Alto Saxophone - Ricky Wellman, Drums - Don Alias, Percussion - Alec Head, Engineer - Koji Egawa, Digital Editor - Henry Falco, Engineer - Jean Paul Bourelly, Guitar

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

4
Hannibal (2015 Remaster)
00:05:51

Bruce Miller, Engineer - BILL SCHNEE, Mixer - Tommy Lipuma, Producer - Eric Calvi, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Digital Remasterer - OMAR HAKIM, Drums - Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, ExecutiveProducer - Andy Snitzer, Digital Editor - Jason Miles, Synthesizer Programmer - MARCUS MILLER, Producer, Arranger, Bass Clarinet, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer, Bass - Paulinho Da Costa, Percussion - Erik Zobler, Engineer - Al Schmitt, Engineer - Foley, Guitar - KENNY GARRETT, Alto Saxophone - Alec Head, Engineer - Koji Egawa, Digital Editor - Henry Falco, Engineer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

5
Jo-Jo (2015 Remaster)
00:04:52

Bruce Miller, Engineer - BILL SCHNEE, Mixer - Tommy Lipuma, Producer - Eric Calvi, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Digital Remasterer - Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, ExecutiveProducer - Andy Snitzer, Digital Editor - Jason Miles, Synthesizer Programmer - MARCUS MILLER, Producer, Arranger, Keyboards, Writer, Bass - Paulinho Da Costa, Percussion - Erik Zobler, Engineer - Al Schmitt, Engineer - KENNY GARRETT, Alto Saxophone - Rick Margitza, Tenor Saxophone - Alec Head, Engineer - Koji Egawa, Digital Editor - Henry Falco, Engineer - Jean Paul Bourelly, Guitar

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

6
Amandla (2015 Remaster)
00:05:20

Bruce Miller, Engineer - Steve Khan, Guitar - BILL SCHNEE, Mixer - Tommy Lipuma, Producer - Eric Calvi, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Digital Remasterer - OMAR HAKIM, Drums - Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, ExecutiveProducer - Andy Snitzer, Digital Editor - Bashiri Johnson, Percussion - Jason Miles, Synthesizer Programmer - MARCUS MILLER, Producer, Arranger, Keyboards, Writer, Bass - Erik Zobler, Engineer - Al Schmitt, Engineer - KENNY GARRETT, Alto Saxophone - Don Alias, Percussion - Alec Head, Engineer - Koji Egawa, Digital Editor - Henry Falco, Engineer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

7
Jilli (2015 Remaster)
00:05:05

Bruce Miller, Engineer - BILL SCHNEE, Mixer - Tommy Lipuma, Producer - Eric Calvi, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Digital Remasterer - Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, ExecutiveProducer - Andy Snitzer, Digital Editor - Jason Miles, Synthesizer Programmer - MARCUS MILLER, Producer, Arranger, Bass Clarinet, Guitar, Keyboards, Bass - Erik Zobler, Engineer - Al Schmitt, Engineer - Foley, Guitar - KENNY GARRETT, Alto Saxophone - Ricky Wellman, Drums - Alec Head, Engineer - Koji Egawa, Digital Editor - JOHN BIGHAM, Arranger, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer, Drum Programmer, AssociateProducer - Henry Falco, Engineer - Billy "Spaceman" Patterson, Wah Wah Guitar

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

8
Mr. Pastorius (2015 Remaster)
00:05:42

Bruce Miller, Engineer - BILL SCHNEE, Mixer - Tommy Lipuma, Producer - Eric Calvi, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Digital Remasterer - Miles Davis, Trumpet, MainArtist, ExecutiveProducer - Andy Snitzer, Digital Editor - Jason Miles, Synthesizer Programmer - MARCUS MILLER, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Bass Clarinet, Keyboards, Writer, Bass - Erik Zobler, Engineer - Al Schmitt, Engineer - Alec Head, Engineer - Koji Egawa, Digital Editor - Al Foster, Drums - Henry Falco, Engineer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

DISC 4

1
Kimberley Trumpet (2015 Remaster)
00:02:30

Harvey Mason, Drums - Chuck Findley, Additional Trumpet, MainArtist - Jimmy Cleveland, Trombone - Oscar Brashear, Additional Trumpet - Miles Davis, Writer, MainArtist - RAY BROWN, Additional Trumpet - Michel Legrand, Producer, Keyboards, Writer, Orchestra Arranged & Conducted by, MainArtist - Benny Reitveld, Bass - Foley, Bass - KENNY GARRETT, Saxophone - Ricky Wellman, Drums - Kei Akagi, Keyboards - JOHN BIGHAM, Drums - ALPHONSE MOUZON, Drums - Alan Oldfield, Keyboards - Buddy Collete, Horn - Chris Danley, RecordingEngineer - George Graham, Additional Trumpet - Mark Rivett, Guitar - Nolan Smith, Additional Trumpet - Peter D. Smith, Mixer - Rolf De Heer, Producer - Vince De Rosa, French Horn

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

2
The Arrival (2015 Remaster)
00:02:07

Harvey Mason, Drums - Jimmy Cleveland, Trombone - Oscar Brashear, Additional Trumpet - Miles Davis, Trumpet, Writer, MainArtist - RAY BROWN, Additional Trumpet - Michel Legrand, Producer, Keyboards, Writer, Orchestra Arranged & Conducted by, MainArtist - Benny Reitveld, Bass - Foley, Bass - KENNY GARRETT, Saxophone - Ricky Wellman, Drums - Kei Akagi, Keyboards - JOHN BIGHAM, Drums - ALPHONSE MOUZON, Drums - Alan Oldfield, Keyboards - Buddy Collete, Horn - Chris Danley, RecordingEngineer - George Graham, Additional Trumpet - Mark Rivett, Guitar - Nolan Smith, Additional Trumpet - Peter D. Smith, Mixer - Rolf De Heer, Producer - Vince De Rosa, French Horn

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

3
Concert on the Runway (2015 Remaster)
00:04:16

Harvey Mason, Drums - Jimmy Cleveland, Trombone - Oscar Brashear, Additional Trumpet - Miles Davis, Trumpet, Writer, MainArtist - RAY BROWN, Additional Trumpet - Michel Legrand, Producer, Keyboards, Writer, Orchestra Arranged & Conducted by, MainArtist - Benny Reitveld, Bass - Foley, Bass - KENNY GARRETT, Saxophone - Ricky Wellman, Drums - Kei Akagi, Keyboards - JOHN BIGHAM, Drums - ALPHONSE MOUZON, Drums - Alan Oldfield, Keyboards - Buddy Collete, Horn - Chris Danley, RecordingEngineer - George Graham, Additional Trumpet - Mark Rivett, Guitar - Nolan Smith, Additional Trumpet - Peter D. Smith, Mixer - Rolf De Heer, Producer - Vince De Rosa, French Horn

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

4
The Departure (2015 Remaster)
00:01:59

Harvey Mason, Drums - Jimmy Cleveland, Trombone - Oscar Brashear, Additional Trumpet - Miles Davis, Trumpet, Writer, MainArtist - RAY BROWN, Additional Trumpet - Michel Legrand, Producer, Keyboards, Writer, Orchestra Arranged & Conducted by, MainArtist - Benny Reitveld, Bass - Foley, Bass - KENNY GARRETT, Saxophone - Ricky Wellman, Drums - Kei Akagi, Keyboards - JOHN BIGHAM, Drums - ALPHONSE MOUZON, Drums - Alan Oldfield, Keyboards - Buddy Collete, Horn - Chris Danley, RecordingEngineer - George Graham, Additional Trumpet - Mark Rivett, Guitar - Nolan Smith, Additional Trumpet - Peter D. Smith, Mixer - Rolf De Heer, Producer - Vince De Rosa, French Horn

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

5
Dingo Howl (2015 Remaster)
00:00:40

Harvey Mason, Drums - Chuck Findley, Additional Trumpet, MainArtist - Jimmy Cleveland, Trombone - Oscar Brashear, Additional Trumpet - Miles Davis, Writer, MainArtist - RAY BROWN, Additional Trumpet - Michel Legrand, Producer, Keyboards, Writer, Orchestra Arranged & Conducted by, MainArtist - Benny Reitveld, Bass - Foley, Bass - KENNY GARRETT, Saxophone - Ricky Wellman, Drums - Kei Akagi, Keyboards - JOHN BIGHAM, Drums - ALPHONSE MOUZON, Drums - Alan Oldfield, Keyboards - Buddy Collete, Horn - Chris Danley, RecordingEngineer - George Graham, Additional Trumpet - Mark Rivett, Guitar - Nolan Smith, Additional Trumpet - Peter D. Smith, Mixer - Rolf De Heer, Producer - Vince De Rosa, French Horn

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

6
Letter as Hero (2015 Remaster)
00:01:22

Harvey Mason, Drums - Chuck Findley, Additional Trumpet, MainArtist - Jimmy Cleveland, Trombone - Oscar Brashear, Additional Trumpet - Miles Davis, Writer, MainArtist - RAY BROWN, Additional Trumpet - Michel Legrand, Producer, Keyboards, Writer, Orchestra Arranged & Conducted by, MainArtist - Benny Reitveld, Bass - Foley, Bass - KENNY GARRETT, Saxophone - Ricky Wellman, Drums - Kei Akagi, Keyboards - JOHN BIGHAM, Drums - ALPHONSE MOUZON, Drums - Alan Oldfield, Keyboards - Buddy Collete, Horn - Chris Danley, RecordingEngineer - George Graham, Additional Trumpet - Mark Rivett, Guitar - Nolan Smith, Additional Trumpet - Peter D. Smith, Mixer - Rolf De Heer, Producer - Vince De Rosa, French Horn

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

7
Trumpet Cleaning (2015 Remaster)
00:03:57

Harvey Mason, Drums - Jimmy Cleveland, Trombone - Oscar Brashear, Additional Trumpet - Miles Davis, Trumpet, Writer, MainArtist - RAY BROWN, Additional Trumpet - Michel Legrand, Producer, Keyboards, Writer, Orchestra Arranged & Conducted by, MainArtist - Benny Reitveld, Bass - Foley, Bass - KENNY GARRETT, Saxophone - Ricky Wellman, Drums - Kei Akagi, Keyboards - JOHN BIGHAM, Drums - ALPHONSE MOUZON, Drums - Alan Oldfield, Keyboards - Buddy Collete, Horn - Chris Danley, RecordingEngineer - George Graham, Additional Trumpet - Mark Rivett, Guitar - Nolan Smith, Additional Trumpet - Peter D. Smith, Mixer - Rolf De Heer, Producer - Vince De Rosa, French Horn

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

8
The Dream (2015 Remaster)
00:03:50

Harvey Mason, Drums - Jimmy Cleveland, Trombone - Oscar Brashear, Additional Trumpet - Miles Davis, Trumpet, Writer, MainArtist - RAY BROWN, Additional Trumpet - Michel Legrand, Producer, Keyboards, Writer, Orchestra Arranged & Conducted by, MainArtist - Benny Reitveld, Bass - Foley, Bass - KENNY GARRETT, Saxophone - Ricky Wellman, Drums - Kei Akagi, Keyboards - JOHN BIGHAM, Drums - ALPHONSE MOUZON, Drums - Alan Oldfield, Keyboards - Buddy Collete, Horn - Chris Danley, RecordingEngineer - George Graham, Additional Trumpet - Mark Rivett, Guitar - Nolan Smith, Additional Trumpet - Peter D. Smith, Mixer - Rolf De Heer, Producer - Vince De Rosa, French Horn

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

9
Paris Walking II (2015 Remaster)
00:02:04

Harvey Mason, Drums - Jimmy Cleveland, Trombone - Oscar Brashear, Additional Trumpet - Miles Davis, Trumpet, Writer, MainArtist - RAY BROWN, Additional Trumpet - Michel Legrand, Producer, Keyboards, Writer, Orchestra Arranged & Conducted by, MainArtist - Benny Reitveld, Bass - Foley, Bass - KENNY GARRETT, Saxophone - Ricky Wellman, Drums - Kei Akagi, Keyboards - JOHN BIGHAM, Drums - ALPHONSE MOUZON, Drums - Alan Oldfield, Keyboards - Buddy Collete, Horn - Chris Danley, RecordingEngineer - George Graham, Additional Trumpet - Mark Rivett, Guitar - Nolan Smith, Additional Trumpet - Peter D. Smith, Mixer - Rolf De Heer, Producer - Vince De Rosa, French Horn

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

10
Paris Walking I (2015 Remaster)
00:03:17

Harvey Mason, Drums - Chuck Findley, Additional Trumpet, MainArtist - Jimmy Cleveland, Trombone - Oscar Brashear, Additional Trumpet - Miles Davis, Writer, MainArtist - RAY BROWN, Additional Trumpet - Michel Legrand, Producer, Keyboards, Writer, Orchestra Arranged & Conducted by, MainArtist - Benny Reitveld, Bass - Foley, Bass - KENNY GARRETT, Saxophone - Ricky Wellman, Drums - Kei Akagi, Keyboards - JOHN BIGHAM, Drums - ALPHONSE MOUZON, Drums - Alan Oldfield, Keyboards - Buddy Collete, Horn - Chris Danley, RecordingEngineer - George Graham, Additional Trumpet - Mark Rivett, Guitar - Nolan Smith, Additional Trumpet - Peter D. Smith, Mixer - Rolf De Heer, Producer - Vince De Rosa, French Horn

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

11
Kimberly Trumpet in Paris (2015 Remaster)
00:02:14

Harvey Mason, Drums - Chuck Findley, Additional Trumpet, MainArtist - Jimmy Cleveland, Trombone - Oscar Brashear, Additional Trumpet - Miles Davis, Writer, MainArtist - RAY BROWN, Additional Trumpet - Michel Legrand, Producer, Keyboards, Writer, Orchestra Arranged & Conducted by, MainArtist - Benny Reitveld, Bass - Foley, Bass - KENNY GARRETT, Saxophone - Ricky Wellman, Drums - Kei Akagi, Keyboards - JOHN BIGHAM, Drums - ALPHONSE MOUZON, Drums - Alan Oldfield, Keyboards - Buddy Collete, Horn - Chris Danley, RecordingEngineer - George Graham, Additional Trumpet - Mark Rivett, Guitar - Nolan Smith, Additional Trumpet - Peter D. Smith, Mixer - Rolf De Heer, Producer - Vince De Rosa, French Horn

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

12
The Music Room (2015 Remaster)
00:02:42

Harvey Mason, Drums - Jimmy Cleveland, Trombone - Oscar Brashear, Trumpet - Miles Davis, Writer, MainArtist - RAY BROWN, Trumpet - Michel Legrand, Producer, Keyboards, Writer, Orchestra Arranged & Conducted by, MainArtist - Benny Reitveld, Bass - Foley, Bass - KENNY GARRETT, Saxophone - Ricky Wellman, Drums - Kei Akagi, Keyboards - JOHN BIGHAM, Drums - ALPHONSE MOUZON, Drums - Alan Oldfield, Keyboards - Buddy Collete, Horn - Chris Danley, RecordingEngineer - George Graham, Trumpet - Mark Rivett, Guitar - Nolan Smith, Trumpet - Peter D. Smith, Mixer - Rolf De Heer, Producer - Vince De Rosa, French Horn

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

13
Club Entrance (2015 Remaster)
00:04:24

Harvey Mason, Drums - Chuck Findley, Additional Trumpet, MainArtist - Jimmy Cleveland, Trombone - Oscar Brashear, Additional Trumpet - Miles Davis, Writer, MainArtist - RAY BROWN, Additional Trumpet - Michel Legrand, Producer, Keyboards, Writer, Orchestra Arranged & Conducted by, MainArtist - Benny Reitveld, Bass - Foley, Bass - KENNY GARRETT, Saxophone - Ricky Wellman, Drums - Kei Akagi, Keyboards - JOHN BIGHAM, Drums - ALPHONSE MOUZON, Drums - Alan Oldfield, Keyboards - Buddy Collete, Horn - Chris Danley, RecordingEngineer - George Graham, Additional Trumpet - Mark Rivett, Guitar - Nolan Smith, Additional Trumpet - Peter D. Smith, Mixer - Rolf De Heer, Producer - Vince De Rosa, French Horn

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

14
The Jam Session (2015 Remaster)
00:06:21

Harvey Mason, Drums - Chuck Findley, Additional Trumpet, MainArtist - Jimmy Cleveland, Trombone - Oscar Brashear, Additional Trumpet - Miles Davis, Trumpet, Writer, MainArtist - RAY BROWN, Additional Trumpet - Michel Legrand, Producer, Keyboards, Writer, Orchestra Arranged & Conducted by - Benny Reitveld, Bass - Foley, Bass - KENNY GARRETT, Saxophone - Ricky Wellman, Drums - Kei Akagi, Keyboards - JOHN BIGHAM, Drums - ALPHONSE MOUZON, Drums - Alan Oldfield, Keyboards - Buddy Collete, Horn - Chris Danley, RecordingEngineer - George Graham, Additional Trumpet - Mark Rivett, Guitar - Nolan Smith, Additional Trumpet - Peter D. Smith, Mixer - Rolf De Heer, Producer - Vince De Rosa, French Horn

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

15
Going Home (2015 Remaster)
00:02:12

Harvey Mason, Drums - Jimmy Cleveland, Trombone - Oscar Brashear, Additional Trumpet - Miles Davis, Trumpet, Writer, MainArtist - RAY BROWN, Additional Trumpet - Michel Legrand, Producer, Keyboards, Writer, Orchestra Arranged & Conducted by, MainArtist - Benny Reitveld, Bass - Foley, Bass - KENNY GARRETT, Saxophone - Ricky Wellman, Drums - Kei Akagi, Keyboards - JOHN BIGHAM, Drums - ALPHONSE MOUZON, Drums - Alan Oldfield, Keyboards - Buddy Collete, Horn - Chris Danley, RecordingEngineer - George Graham, Additional Trumpet - Mark Rivett, Guitar - Nolan Smith, Additional Trumpet - Peter D. Smith, Mixer - Rolf De Heer, Producer - Vince De Rosa, French Horn

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainmen

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Surprise! (2015 Remaster)
00:05:15

Harvey Mason, Drums - Chuck Findley, Additional Trumpet, MainArtist - Jimmy Cleveland, Trombone - Oscar Brashear, Additional Trumpet - Miles Davis, Writer, MainArtist - RAY BROWN, Additional Trumpet - Michel Legrand, Producer, Keyboards, Writer, Orchestra Arranged & Conducted by, MainArtist - Benny Reitveld, Bass - Foley, Bass - KENNY GARRETT, Saxophone - Ricky Wellman, Drums - Kei Akagi, Keyboards - JOHN BIGHAM, Drums - ALPHONSE MOUZON, Drums - Alan Oldfield, Keyboards - Buddy Collete, Horn - Chris Danley, RecordingEngineer - George Graham, Additional Trumpet - Mark Rivett, Guitar - Nolan Smith, Additional Trumpet - Peter D. Smith, Mixer - Rolf De Heer, Producer - Vince De Rosa, French Horn

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

DISC 5

1
Mystery (2015 Remaster)
00:03:56

Easy Mo Bee, Producer, Writer - Miles Davis, Writer, MainArtist - MATT PIERSON, AssociateProducer - GORDON MELTZER, AssociateProducer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1992 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

2
The Doo-Bop Song (2015 Remaster)
00:05:02

Easy Mo Bee, Producer, Writer - Miles Davis, Writer, MainArtist - MATT PIERSON, AssociateProducer - GORDON MELTZER, AssociateProducer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1992 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

3
Chocolate Chip (2015 Remaster)
00:04:41

Easy Mo Bee, Producer, Writer - Miles Davis, Writer, MainArtist - MATT PIERSON, AssociateProducer - GORDON MELTZER, AssociateProducer - Donald Hepburn, Writer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1992 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

4
High Speed Chase (2015 Remaster)
00:04:41

Easy Mo Bee, Producer, Writer - Larry Mizell, Writer - Miles Davis, Writer, MainArtist - MATT PIERSON, AssociateProducer - GORDON MELTZER, AssociateProducer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1992 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

5
Blow (2015 Remaster)
00:05:07

Easy Mo Bee, Producer, Writer - Miles Davis, Writer, MainArtist - MATT PIERSON, AssociateProducer - GORDON MELTZER, AssociateProducer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1992 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

6
Sonya (2015 Remaster)
00:05:32

Easy Mo Bee, Producer, Writer - Miles Davis, Writer, MainArtist - MATT PIERSON, AssociateProducer - GORDON MELTZER, AssociateProducer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1992 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

7
Fantasy (2015 Remaster)
00:04:38

Easy Mo Bee, Producer, Writer - Miles Davis, Writer, MainArtist - MATT PIERSON, AssociateProducer - GORDON MELTZER, AssociateProducer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1992 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

8
Duke Booty (2015 Remaster)
00:04:56

Easy Mo Bee, Producer, Writer - Miles Davis, Writer, MainArtist - MATT PIERSON, AssociateProducer - GORDON MELTZER, AssociateProducer

© 2015 Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1992 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment

Album Description

Perhaps even more so than his '70s fusion period, trumpeter Miles Davis' recordings for Warner Bros. from the '80s sharply divided audiences. If 1970's Bitches Brew forced jazz fans to take sides in the debate over what qualifies as jazz, albums like 1986's Tutu and 1989's Amandla were dismissed outright by the jazz police as over-produced pop albums that bore little if any resemblance to Davis' classic recordings of the '50s and '60s. Despite such backlash from the elite, Tutu earned Davis a Grammy Award, and his records from this era often sold better than his previous, more reverent albums. Long in gestation, the 2015 eight-disc Miles Davis box set The Last Word: The Warner Bros. Years brings together all of the albums the trumpeter recorded for Warner Bros. from 1986 to 1991, plus various live recordings. Originally planned for release as far back as 2001, issues with the Davis estate meant the collection went unreleased. Instead, the label released several similar collections, including 2010's Perfect Way and 2011's 1986-1991: The Warner Years. While those sets offered useful thumbnail-sketch versions of Davis' career with Warner, they are not the complete picture that is The Last Word. Choosing for various reasons to part ways with his longtime label Columbia, Davis signed with Warner Bros. in 1985. Coming out of the tail end of his electric fusion period of the '70s and early '80s, Davis embarked on what would be his final creative period, recording and performing right up until his death in September 1991. A fruitful time for Davis, albums included here like Tutu, Amandla, and Doo-Bop found him utilizing modern technology such as computerized loops and overdubs. Working with a bevy of talented younger musicians including bassist Marcus Miller and guitarist John Scofield, Davis continued to embrace a cross-genre aesthetic, delving further into funk and hip-hop, and even collaborating with post-punk outfits like Scritti Politti (whose "Perfect Way" he covered on Tutu). Also included are Davis' soundtracks for the films Siesta and Dingo, the latter of which found him reuniting with composer Michel Legrand. Davis' Warner years also found him at the apex of his return to the stage, and to that end, this collection includes three discs of live recordings, the most notable being the storied 1991 Montreux concert with Quincy Jones in which he revisited his classic Gil Evans arrangements. Recorded months before his death, the Montreux concert impossibly brought Davis' relentlessly forward-thinking career full circle. Ultimately, while Davis' Warner years will probably never appeal to the jazz police, they reveal an artist who remained a maverick until the end.
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