Miles Davis: Indigo




Miles Davis (trumpet)


Aura (Columbia CK 63962)

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Miles Davis (trumpet),

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), Niels-Henning Orsted Pederse, Bo Stief (bass), Marilyn Mazur (percussion), Kenneth Knudsen, Ole Koch-Hansen, Thomas Clausen (keyboards)


Recorded: Copenhagen, Denmark, 1984


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

It's kind of ironic that the most jazz influenced piece from the Aura doesn't even feature Miles Davis on the song. Though contractual obligations kept this album from seeing the light until 1989, some of Europe's best jazz musicians shine on this track. Niels-Henning Orsted Pederse plays wonderfully on this entire song, which features very sporadic piano lines that are very much played in the Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock vein.

I am not sure why Davis doesn't appear on this track or on "Orange," but I think it's kind of a shame that he didn't play on it. I think he would have shined, especially towards the end where orchestra and electric guitar come screaming in before the song ends. Still this song is probably one of the strongest cuts on the album, showing Palle's great writing for orchestra. But the electric guitar sounds have to go!

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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