A Tribute To Jack Johnson, with its lean and mean groove, finds Miles Davis in fighting shape, playing as if his reputation was at stake. And with fusion in its controversial early state, some purists felt it was. Davis gives his all to his sterling solos, but he doesn't give an inch when it comes to his funky convictions. A stripped-down ensemble works through the up-tempo "Right Off" and the slower "Yesternow," digs hard into the rhythm, never losing sight of the dangerous groove set down by electric bassist Michael Henderson and drummer Billy Cobham. As exceptional as Davis sounds, he is given serious competition by the biting guitar work of John McLaughlin and the uncredited Sonny Sharrock.
Performance CreditsMiles Davis Primary Artist,Trumpet
Herbie Hancock Organ,Keyboards
John McLaughlin Guitar,Electric Guitar
Sonny Sharrock Guitar
Steve Grossman Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Brock Peters Spoken Word
Billy Cobham Drums
Michael Henderson Guitar,Bass Guitar
Michael J. Henderson Electric Bass
Technical CreditsBob Belden Reissue Producer
Miles Davis Liner Notes
John McLaughlin Liner Notes
Michael Cuscuna Reissue Producer
Teo Macero Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Bill Milkowski Liner Notes
Chip Deffaa Liner Notes
Randall Martin Reissue Design
Dianne Spoto Shattuck Packaging Manager
Paul Davis Illustrations
Stanley Tonkel Engineer
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A Tribute to Jack Johnson based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Why this classic CD has been out of print for a while baffles me. This is the realization of what Miles Davis tried to do during the 70s. More than an other of his albums I own, THIS is true jazz-rock fusion. Miles and John McLaughlin are both on fire. Some of the music is ferocious and then there are quieter, spacey passages. Davis identified with Jack Johnson and his outsider status and was inspired to create a true classic. If you only plan to own one Davis fusion CD, this is the one.