Various - Miles from India (3 stars)

Miles from India

(Times Square Records)


Bob Belden is the producer of the comprehensive Columbia box sets of Miles Davis’ music, an immersion that has given him an authoritative grasp of the trumpeter’s work. Indian music was an area that Miles hardly explored, however, and Belden and his associates have set about constructing their own take on that fusion in this two-CD project, drawing on a stellar cast of jazzers – including Chick Corea, John McLaughlin and Mike Stern – and distinguished Indian musicians.

The results are mixed but often fascinating. McLaughlin contributes the only new composition, ‘Miles from India’, alongside such Davis classics as ‘All Blues’, ‘So What’ and ‘Blue and Green’ from Kind of Blue, and ‘In a Silent Way’, ‘Miles Runs the Voodoo Down’, ‘Spanish Key’ and ‘Jean Pierre’ from the trumpeter’s electric years. The music was stitched together from sessions on two continents in suitably digital-era fashion using file sharing and Skype.

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