Miles From India: All Blues
Miles From India
Miles From India (Four Quarters / Time Square 1808)
Louiz Banks (piano), Vikku Vinayakram (ghatam), Ravi Chary (sitar).
Composed by Miles Davis.
Recorded: Various locations, November 2006 - July 2007 (CD released in 2008)
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
Miles had a cool period, and a fusion period, but the Prince of Darkness never went through a Carnatic phase. Even so, his music, especially from the modal period, is well suited for the multicultural angle of the Miles From India project. For my part, I give high marks to any session that puts the great ghatam player Vikku Vinayakram in a rhythm section alongside Ron Carter and Jimmy Cobb, and mixes sitar and alto sax in the front line. (Front line? Perhaps I should call it the front half lotus position.) Producer Bob Belden gets high marks just for the bravado of his vision. But the fun doesn't stop there. The band tackles "All Blues" in 5/4 just to add some more curry into an already spicy mix. In an age of tribute projects that are as tasty as last week's leftovers, this one delights the palette.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia
The South Asian Tinge in Jazz by Ted Gioia