Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Marcus Miller/Christian Scott: Tutu Revisited - review

This box-set of two CDs (more than DVD) is a better bet than to one night a year in Monte Carlo last: it celebrates the same creative weird of the bands of Miles Davis in the mid-1980s as the bass guitar virtuoso and composer/arranger Miller had a big helping handbut here in more concentrated form, without song or symphony orchestras. The canny Miller goes even for a bravura soul-pop and some techniques empty-headed Miles would have avoided (which is difficult to imagine the Prince of darkness, do something as uncool as exchange quotations of Saint Thomas to Sonny Rollins with his sidemen)(, or allow the bassist to recognize a sharp with a whoop saxophone solo note sliding congratulations) but there is a lot of very inventive jazz-making here, particularly from the young partnership talented trumpeter Christian Scott and saxophonist Alex Han. 80'S powerful themes Miles - including Splatch, Portia, Tutu, Full Nelson and Human Nature - mingle with previous jazz landmarks, as an account of bass clarinet of tendering In a Sentimental Mood and a vive therefore which includes Miller playing the famous solo Miles 1959 as a characteristic of the bass guitar. It is a jazz celebration General of funk to the public as it is the only Miles, but Christian Scott is an ideal carrier of inheritance of the late trumpeter.

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