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Albums Of The Week: Miles Davis | Merci Miles! Live At Vienne

The maverick jazz trumpeter brings the funk on one of his final live performances.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “By 1991, the world’s most celebrated trumpeter could look back on five decades of musical evolution. Miles Davis had found ways of marrying jazz with classical ideas, then later R&B, rock and funk, producing hybrid offspring that shaped the course of popular music and had come to define his legend. In 1985, he’d left Columbia Records after 30 years to sign to Warner Bros. Records, a label riding high with best-selling artists like Madonna, Van Halen and Prince, with whom he had a mutual admiration and friendship.

Davis’s lifelong love for France is well-documented, and in July 1991, he became a Knight of their Legion of Honour. Davis received the award from French culture minister Jack Lang, who described him as: “The Picasso of jazz.” A few days before on July 1, he played this electrifying set at the Vienne Jazz Festival with the Miles Davis Group. He passed away two months later on Sept. 28 1991. This previously unreleased set includes two songs written by Prince, Penetration and Jailbait. The package features liner notes from music historian, journalist and producer Ashley Kahn, with art designed by Bruno Tilley.”