Miles Davis: Electric Red


Electric Red


Miles Davis (trumpet)


Aura (Columbia CK 63962)

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Miles Davis (trumpet),

Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (bass), Bjarne Roupé (guitar), Vince Wilburn (drums), Lennart Gruvstedt (drums), Benny Rosenfeld, Idrees Sulieman, Jens Winther, Palle Bolvig, Perry Knudsen (trumpets, flugelhorns), Jens Engel, Ture Larsen, Vincent Nilsson, Ole Kurt Jensen, Axel Windfel (trombones)


Composed by Palle Mikkelborg


Recorded: Copenhagen, Denmark, 1984


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

I continue to wonder about the Miles Davis catalogue from the 1980s. I understand the trumpet master was experimenting with the new technology of the day but the Aura album represents such a strange moment in his illustrious career. On one hand, it's respectable that Palle Mikkelborg composed this suite in honor of Davis but the song "Electric Red," draws just a little too much on the cheese technology of bad keyboard pads and electric drums.

But aside from the cheesy sounds on this tune, Miles sounds good over a guitar riff that sounds like it should have been the backdrop for a throwaway episode of Miami Vice. The orchestral writing form Mikkelborg is the strongest point of this song, showing his ability at writing interesting contemporary classical backgrounds. I wouldn't absolutely recommend this song to someone just getting into Miles Davis' music but I would say check it out once you get past On the Corner.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley


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