This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
Four Generations of Miles is an unusual tribute to Miles Davis, featuring a quartet made up of alumni from four different editions of the trumpeter’s bands, while omitting keyboards and trumpet entirely. Drummer Jimmy Cobb, tenor saxophonist George Coleman, bassist Ron Carter, and guitarist Mike Stern concentrate almost exclusively on the 1950s repertoire of Davis, excepting Ron Carter’s somewhat abstract, R&B-flavored “81,” which is from the mid-’60s. Stern’s sparse accompaniment for Coleman in “All Blues” works surprisingly well in place of a piano, while the percolating take of “On Green Dolphin Street” will get a listener’s feet patting. Coleman’s soulful playing is the centerpiece of a lush treatment of “Blue in Green.” Carter and Cobb provide a superb foundation for the soloists throughout this live recording.The creativity and musicianship throughout this excellent tribute make it stand head and shoulders above most such efforts. ~ Ken Dryden
Live;5/12/2; Jimmy Cobb, George Coleman, Ron Carter and Mike Stern
Personnel: George Coleman (tenor saxophone); Mike Stern (electric guitar); Ron Carter (acoustic bass): Jimmy Cobb (drums).
Producer: David Chesky
Associate Producer: Charles Carlini
Engineers: Rick Eckerle; Barry Wolifson
Liner Note Author: Chip Stern.
Recording information: Makor, New York, NY (05/12/2002).
Editor: Nicholas Prout.
Photographer: Dirk Vandenberk