Miles Davis – The Man With The Horn (Full Album)

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The Man with the Horn is an album released by Miles Davis in 1981, featuring drummer Al Foster, saxophonist Bill Evans, guitarists Mike Stern and Barry Finnerty, and others. It was Davis’s first new release since 1975, following a six-year reclusive retirement.

Rock-oriented in nature, the music fuses 1980s pop with improvisational funk and fusion styles. The album marked Davis’s return to his more traditional trumpet playing, although the title song “The Man with the Horn” features wah-wah improvisation along with vocals. (Wikipedia).

“Miles Davis’ first comeback record finds the trumpeter a bit shaky (he would improve album by album during the next few years) and has a few poppish throwaway tracks; it is doubtful if anyone really remembers the title cut or “Shout.” But with Bill Evans on soprano and electric bassist Marcus Miller, the other four selections are more rewarding with Davis forming the nucleus of his new band.” – Scott Yanow/AllMusic .

Track listing:
Fat Time” (Miles Davis) – 9:56
Back Seat Betty” (Miles Davis) – 11:16
Shout” (Glenn Burris, Randy Hall, Robert Irving III) – 5:51
Aïda” (Miles Davis) – 8:12
The Man with the Horn” (Hall, Irving) – 6:35
Ursula” (Miles Davis) – 10:46

Miles Davis – trumpet
Bill Evans – saxophonist (exc. 3)
Barry Finnerty – guitar (exc. 5)
Mike Stern – guitar (1)
Marcus Miller – bass (exc. 3, 5)
Al Foster – drums (exc. 3, 5)
Sammy Figueroa – percussion (exc. 5)

on “Shout” and “The Man with the Horn”:

Robert Irving III – Yamaha CS30 synthesizer, piano
Randy Hall – synthesizer, guitar, celeste, Moog synthesizer; lead and background vocals (5)
Felton Crews – bass
Vincent Wilburn – drums


Released: July 1981
Recorded: June 1, 1980–May 6, 1981
Studio: Columbia Studio, New York City
Genre Jazz-fusion, post-bop
Length: 52:37 (LP) (CD)
Label: Columbia
Producer: Teo Macero