Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP
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Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson on Numbered Limited
Edition 180g LP from Mobile Fidelity!
Powerhouse 1971 Album the Greatest Jazz-Rock Record Ever Made
Audiophile Reference Sonics: Mobile Fidelity LP 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
Miles Davis’ A Tribune to Jack Johnson is the best jazz-record ever made.
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 and pressed at RTI, this
collectable audiophile vinyl 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. Davis
puts both feet in the former camp and permanently erasing any gap. In addition
to highlighting McLaughlin’s ripping performances, Mobile Fidelity’s 180g LP
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
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.
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
• Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
• Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
• Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
• Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
• Pressed at RTI
Miles Davis, trumpet
John McLaughlin, guitar
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