Fantasy – FCD-24712-2 – Originally released in 1958.
Cal Tjader – Los Ritmos Calientes.
Alto Saxophone – Gerald Sanfino.
Bass – Al McKibbon, Bobby Rodriguez, Eugene Wright.
Congas – Armando Peraza, Ramon Santamaria.
Cowbell – Luis Kant.
Drums – Al Torres.
Flute – Gerald Sanfino.
Percussion – Luis Kant.
Piano – Vince Guaraldi.
Tenor Saxophone – Jose Silva.
Timbales – Armando Sanchez, Bayardo Velarde, Willie Bobo.
Vibraphone – Cal Tjader.
Kelly performing with Doug Webb on sax, Al Garcia on bass, Tom Bowe on drums, and Joseph Mulroy on keys, at Cabarabia’s “George Michael Birthday Celebration” benefit for Project Angel Food. Photo by Marc Saltarelli.
Miles Davis, Big Fun - recorded between 1969 - 1972, released April 1974. Right now this sounds like the best album EVER!
A few months after the Bitches Brew sessions that broke jazz-rock out like Phoenix from the flames, Miles Davis returned to the Columbia recording studios with the intent to push his music in yet another startling direction. This time around, Miles took inspiration from classical Indian music, interpolating it into rock and jazz structures as the Beatles, altoist Toby Harriott, and others had done before. But, as expected from Davis, he did it in an entirely new and unexpected manner. That session resulted in “Great Expectations”, the first of four side-long tracks on Big Fun as originally released in 1974.
The long, ever-droning, darkly exotic electric music, and in fact the very idea of just four songs taking up four full sides of an album, was not too appealing to critics or the general market at a time when short, sharp disco tunes were beginning to chart like wildfire. So Big Fun received generally weak reviews from writers who (once again) didn’t quite understand what Davis was trying to prove. Never mind that this was the incubator from which soon emerged the next wave of fusion: members of Weather Report, Lifetime, Return To Forever and Mahavishnu Orchestra, among others, learned from the master and followed on.
Miles Davis, trumpet; Steve Grossman, Carlos Garnett, Wayne Shorter, soprano sax; Bennie Maupin, bass clarinet, clarinet, flute; Sonny Fortune, soprano sax, flute; John McLaughlin, electric guitar; Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, electric piano; Joe Zawinul, electric piano, Farfisa; Lonnie Smith, Harold I. Williams, piano; Larry Young, organ, celeste; Khalil Balakrishna, electric sitar; Bihari Sharma, tambura; Ron Carter, Dave Holland, acoustic bass; Harvey Brooks, Michael Henderson, electric bass; Al Foster, Billy Hart, Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, drums; Airto Moreira, percussion; Badal Roy, tabla; Mtume, African percussion.
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