Miles Davis, sellout or genius? / James Mtume v. Stanley Crouch

Music legend James Mtume and cultural critic Stanley Crouch debate jazz great Miles Davis' "Electric Period" at the Amistad Center for Art and Culture in Hartford, Connecticut.

/////"Miles Davis' (Electric-Era, 1968–75) influences included late-1960s acid rock and funk artists such as Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown, and Jimi Hendrix, many of whom he met through Betty Mabry (later Betty Davis), a young model and songwriter Davis married in September 1968 and divorced a year later. The musical transition required that Davis and his band adapt to electric instruments in both live performances and the studio." (source)/////

Originally Posted 1/29/2011


Gregory Gaylen said...

Mtume smoked Stanley, just like Miles' music was smokin' at all times!

Iya Adjua said...

Mtume did 'smoke Stanley" as Gaylen stated. It's a worthy piece to view & garner a true perspective of Miles Davis & his musical genius.

Tiago Sochaczewski said...

Mtume is one articulate, coherent, intelligent and well informed musician/debater. To be fair, I love acoustic Straight-Ahead Jazz as well as Fusion, but it's thanks to the latter - Miles' Bitches Brew, Herbie's Head Hunters, Weather Report's Mysterious Traveler, to name a few examples - that I eventually came to understand and know and love Miles' Kind of Blue, E.S. P., Miles Smiles, 'Trane's Giant Steps, Bird, Dizzy, Monk, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson and all them acoustic Be/Hard/Post Boppers. This 'backwards path' in Jazz is common to hundreds of people of my generation, but that's one thing Stanley Crouch doesn't seem to be able to - or want to - accept.

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