Miles Davis A Tribute to Jack Johnson on Numbered Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity
Powerhouse 1971 Album the Greatest Jazz-Rock Record Ever Made
Miles Davis’ A Tribune to Jack Johnson is the best jazz-rock record ever made.
Audiophile Reference Sonics: Mobile Fidelity Reissue Presents Lean, Stripped-Back, and Open Sound With Startling Immediacy and Realism
Soundtrack Merges Electric Fusion, Slashing Rock, and Aggressive Funk Via Astounding Lineup: Guitarist John McLaughlin and Trumpeter Davis Turn In Blistering Performances
Equally inspired by the leader’s desire to assemble the “greatest rock and roll band you have ever heard” as well as his adoration of Johnson, Davis
created a hard-hitting set that spills over with excitement, intensity, majesty, and power. Bridging the electric fusion he’d pursued on earlier efforts with a funkier, dirtier rhythmic approach, Davis zeroes in on concepts of spontaneity, freedom, and identity seldom achieved in the studio
. Mobile Fidelity’s sterling reissue brings it all to fore with unsurpassed realism.
Mastered from the original master tapes
, this collectible audiophile version of A Tribute to Jack Johnson
joins the ranks of eleven other essential Davis
sets given supreme sonic and packaging treatment by Mobile Fidelity
. The most prominent difference longtime fans will notice is how much more aggressive and immediate the music sounds, aspects central to the composer’s desires. Amazing degrees of instrumental separation and imaging allow you to focus on singular musicians and the roles they play.
Indeed, utilizing wah-wah and distortion, guitarist John McLaughlin comes on here with a nasty edge, slashing style, and vicious streak that allows A Tribute to Jack Johnson finally cross the divide between rock and jazz
puts both feet in the former camp and permanently erasing any gap. In addition to highlighting McLaughlin
’s ripping performances, Mobile Fidelity’s SACD showcases the headliner’s white-hot trumpet solos like never before
. Bristling with exuberance, Davis’
high-register passages explode with authority and commanding presence. Around him, a barrage of urgent backbeats, knifing riffs, and three-dimension bass lines emerge amidst an ink-black background.
The least-well known true masterpiece of Davis
’ career, the 1971 record—like Bitches Brew
, seamlessly assembled from sessions by producer Ted Macero
—was a victim of scant promotion. But to those that heard it, among them critic/musician Robert Quine
and renowned writer Robert Christgau
, A Tribute to Jack Johnson
surpasses everything that came before. Davis treated it as a personal manifesto
: An opportunity to salute the championship boxer admired for his threatening image to the establishment and taste in clothes, cars, women and music. Davis
explains in the liner notes his affinity for Johnson
—a stance revealed in the music, which simultaneously hits with a prize fighter’s brutal force and reflects the graceful elegance with which a pugilist navigates the ring.
Producer and journalist Michael Cuscuna
may have summed up the record’s significance in 2003: “The dense textures introduced and developed the prior fall on the Bitches Brew
recording sessions gave way to a lean, stripped-down, guitar-heavy sound. There was now only one drummer, and that kept the groove more pronounced and defined
. The three-keyboard configuration appears only on the last session; the rest have none, one, or two, and they are used sparingly.”
By any measure, A Tribute to Jack Johnson is a monster album
. Experience it the way Davis
would’ve wanted you to hear it.
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Miles Davis A Tribute to Jack Johnson Track Listing:
1. Right Off