Miles from India: CD & Concert

Trans-Continental Reinterpretations of Miles Davis
Live Debut at Town Hall in New York City May 9 and Reprised for SFJAZZ in San Francisco May 31
Features Miles Davis Alumni and Renowned Indian Classical & Jazz Musicians

Miles Davis
One of the year's most anticipated jazz releases Miles from India comes to the live concert stage with its debut at NYC's Town Hall on May 9 and later in the month at San Francisco's The Palace of Fine Arts on May 31. Among the artists reprising their roles from this historic recording event who will be featured on the live stage will be Ron Carter, Lenny White, Wallace Roney, Pete Cosey, Badal Roy, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Louiz Banks, Benny Reitveld and more TBA.

May 9 - Town Hall, 123 W, 43rd St. New York, NY
8 p.m. - Tickets: $40-$45

May 31 - SF Jazz Festival, The Palace of the Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
8 p.m. - $25/$30/$36/premium $56 - Box Office: 415-567-6642

"I am VERY excited and look forward to meeting in person the Indian musicians I had the pleasure of recording with on tape." RON CARTER

"The Miles...From India project is a testament to how far, wide and everlasting, the Miles Davis influence reaches. In the span of 50 years, the music of Kind Of Blue and Bitches Brew still inspires new exploration." LENNY WHITE

"It's wonderful to be involved with this project. For me personally, it was amazing to be able to play the music of Miles Davis with legendary Miles alumni that I have been listening to all my life while simultaneously engaging my Indian-American identity." RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA

Miles from India (TWO CD SET)

In a startlingly original recreation of music associated with jazz legend Miles Davis, co-producers Bob Belden and Louiz Banks have recast familiar themes from such landmark recordings as Bitches Brew, In A Silent Way, and Kind of Blue with an East Meets West sensibility on Miles from India. An incredibly ambitious project involving two dozen musicians from two separate continents recording in studios around the world, Miles from India is a cross-cultural summit meeting that puts a provocative pan-global spin on such Miles classics as "All Blues," "Spanish Key," "So What," "It's About That Time" and "Jean Pierre."

"Although previous mixtures of Indian music and jazz had been done, it took Miles to put the stamp of approval on it as he did with other stylistic movements so many times in his career. In a sense, this recording is long overdue and completes the equation of "what if." DAVE LIEBMAN

"It was a pleasure to be involved with the project. It is another fresh approach to music that was fresh in its own original time and has now been updated to be fresh once again." NDUGU CHANCLER

Sitar and tablas, ghatam and khanjira, mridangam and Carnatic violin blend seamlessly with muted trumpet and saxophones, screaming electric guitar and grooving electric bass lines, piano, upright bass and drums on this profound fusion of Indian classical and American jazz. Recorded in Mumbai and Madras, India and New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, the music on Miles from India was performed by classical and jazz musicians from India with the addition of musicians who have recorded or performed with Miles Davis over the span of five decades. The 2-CD set is scheduled for an April 15 release on the New York-based Times Square Records.

The Miles alumni included on the sessions are saxophonists Dave Liebman (1972-74) and Gary Bartz (1970-71), guitarists Mike Stern (1981-84), Pete Cosey (1973-76) and John McLaughlin (1969-72), bassists Ron Carter (1963-69), Michael Henderson (1970-76), Marcus Miller (1981-1984), Benny Rietveld (1987-91), keyboardists Chick Corea (1968-72), Adam Holzman (1985-87) and Robert Irving III (1980-88), drummers Jimmy Cobb (1968-63), Leon 'Ndugu' Chancler (1971), Lenny White (1969) and Vince Wilburn (1981, 1984-1987) and tabla player Badal Roy (1972-3). The Indian contingent is represented by keyboardist Louiz Banks, drummer Gino Banks, American-born alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, sitarist Ravi Chari, Vikku Vinayakram (a charter member of Shakti) on ghatam, V. Selvaganesh (a member of Shakti and Remember Shakti) on khanjira, U. Shrinivas (from Remember Shakti) on electric mandolin, Brij Narain on sarod, Dilshad Khan on sarangi, Sridhar Parthasarathy on mridangam, Ranjit Barot on drums, Taufiq Qureshi and A. Sivamani on percussion, Kala Ramnath on Carnatic violin, Rakesh Chaurasia on flute and Shankar Mahadevan & Sikkil Gurucharan on Indian classical vocals.

[Published on: 3/31/08]

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ripped Mon 3/31/2008 01:09PM
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fydo1974 starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/31/2008 01:58PM
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Here's the link to the SFJAZZ concert:

And the personnel:

Wallace Roney, trumpet

Ron Carter, acoustic bass

Pete Cosey, guitar

Rudresh Mahanthappa, saxophone

Benny Rietvled, electric bass

Badal Roy, tabla

Leon Ndugu Chancler, drums

Kala Ramnath, violin

Sridhar Parthasarthy, percussion

Ravi Chary, sitar, voice percussion

Gino Banks, percussion

Louiz Banks, piano, keyboards

This should be an awesome show!

Scarlett5446 starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/31/2008 05:28PM
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Sweet! I have always had a special appreciation for Miles :)

Flat5 Mon 3/31/2008 09:45PM
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ermishkin starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/1/2008 05:15AM
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Well let's see, maybe because Miles Davis layed the foundation for what we all know as the jamscene today. Go take a listen to Live Evil or Agartha. I still think that even some of the more eclectic bands of today have yet to catch-up with what Miles was doing with those albums back in the 70s. Oh and one last thing, Badal Roy is a badazz, can wait to check out this release.

DJ Saturday Baxter Tue 4/1/2008 05:47AM
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DJ Saturday Baxter

FLAT5: u r an idiot!

AfroZep starstarstarstar Tue 4/1/2008 08:58AM
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yeah FLAT5 you are an idiot. the bitches brew era defined 'jam' music. I dont think its too far off to say that Miles Davis created 'jamband' music by being the first fuse rock elements into jazz.

lovemusicfood starstarstarstar Tue 4/1/2008 09:37AM
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This could be Awesome! Great that alot of people that played with Miles are on the album and playing with this band live. Especially awesome that pre 70's legends like Jimmy Cobb and Ron Carter are on there. A bit too many of the 80's alum for me and not a big Wallace Roney fan but I'm hoping they prove my expectations wrong.

Andy starstarstarstar Tue 4/1/2008 02:24PM
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I hope everyone knows the "Tribute to Jack Johnson" (the first african american boxer, not the current musician). One of the most amazing albums ever and is credited as the first jazz fusion album. Really amazing stuff!

Jazzzzz starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/1/2008 08:33PM
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bill laswell

Drool :)

breadloaf Wed 4/2/2008 07:51AM
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Andy, great call on the Jack Johnson- what an amazing recording- I turn folks on to it all the time. Miles always got so much out of his crew. I saw Miles with Sco' once in NYC- a lifetime memory. And Flat5, of all the non-jamband stuff that appears on this site, picking on Miles, who certainly changed the music scene forever and laid the groundwork by influencing people like, oh, I don't know, Jerry Garcia for example, seems odd. Miles defies categorization, other than simply "genius." I know that Miles and Stevie Ray Vaughan had met and talked about a potential project together. That would have been really something special.

breadloaf Wed 4/2/2008 10:46AM
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Forgive me, one more comment regarding Miles and Jam music. Miles is widely accepted as re-incorporating the ancient modal system into popular music (ionian, aeolian, etc.) Name your favorite jamband guitarist- Jerry, Trey, Warren, Derek, or any of the new crop; they have all to a person totally immersed themselves in the study of these modes. Miles has a footprint that is up there with Mozart as far as continued influence on music.

KristopherApa Fri 4/4/2008 10:47AM
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Kind Of Blue is one of my favorite albums of all time.