Friday, May 20, 2016

CD Review: Robert Glasper Finds "Everything's Beautiful" With Miles Davis' Music

If jazz legend Miles Davis was still with us today, this latest release titled "Everything's Beautiful" is exactly what he may have produced. Davis always wanted to be on the cutting edge of music, combining genres and pushing the boundaries of what jazz music had to offer. Now, with the help of jazz pianist/producer Robert Glasper along with John Scofield, Stevie Wonder and many more artists, the work of Miles Davis get "re-imagined." Glasper takes some obscure outtakes from Davis' catalog and adds a modern flair to enhance and re-develop what Davis may have had in his mind when thinking of what the future may hold.
 
This new eleven-song release begins with Miles Davis chatting in the studio. His smokey voice get backed by a smooth hip-hop beat, highlighted with piano on the opener "Talking Shit." Then, the real amazement happens as soul singer Bilal lends his talents to the R&B/funk beat of "Ghetto Walkin'." Erykah Badu's smooth, sultry vocals relaxes your nerves on the seven-minute bossa nova feel of "Maiysha (So Long)," before hip-hop artist Phonte modernizes Miles Davis' music with "Violets." British soul singer Laura Mvula works with the beats and subtle jazz backdrop of "Silence In The Way," while Georgia Ann Muldrow's vocals highlights the modern take of Davis' classic "Milestones." The album finishes with the funk of "I'm Leaving You" provided by John Scofield along with singer Ledisi and the stellar work of Stevie Wonder on the harp for "Right On Brotha." 
 
"Miles Davis - Everything's Beautiful" will be released on May 27th through Sony Legacy, the day after what would have been Davis' 90th birthday. To find out more about this new release, please visit legacyrecordings.com.

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