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Last Call Review: Miles Davis – That’s What Happened 1982-1985: The Bootleg Series Vol. 7

Many fans of the late jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and innovator Miles Davis do not cite the trumpeter's final Columbia recordings as a source of energetic or compelling artistry. The latest box set, "Miles Davis – That’s What Happened 1982-1985: The Bootleg Series Vol. 7", released in the fall of 2022, might change their perspective.

With three CDs in this box set, the first two feature previously unreleased studio material from the Star People, Decoy and You’re Under Arrest sessions. "Santana" is an energetic opener on the first disc features Miles on trumpet. The nice, groovy walk tempo of "Celestial Blues" is also a delight.

"Theme from Jack Johnson(Right Off)/Intro" captures the listeners attention on disc two along with different takes of "Time after Time", a Cyndi Lauper tune, which Miles and his band performed often in the 1980s.

The final disc, arguably the finest of the whole set, is a recording of a Miles Davis concert at the Theatre St. Denis in Montreal, Canada on July 7, 1983. Davis, back in total command of his trumpet, leads John Scofield on guitar, Bill Evans on saxophones, flute and electric piano, Darryl Jones on bass, Al Foster on drums and percussionist Mino Cinélu. An outstanding, energetic performance, the show kicks off with a fiery shout on "Speak(That's What Happened)" . Other highlights include "Star People", "What It Is", "Star on Cicely" and more.

Additionally, the box set features interviews with Vince Wilburn, Jr. (drummer and bandmate), John Scofield (electric guitarist), Darryl Jones (bassist), Marcus Miller (bassist) and Mike Stern (guitarist), who recorded and performed with Miles Davis in the 1980s. As a fan of Miles Davis for decades, I was pleasantly surprised to discover hidden gems in this box set and enjoy the dynamic live recording as well. Recommended listening.

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<b>Chris Cooke </b>has been a voice on radio in Omaha since 1988. While at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, he studied radio broadcasting, history and religion. Working at KVNO-FM, Cooke hosted a weekend adventuresome jazz show on the station in addition to duties as an on-air announcer on overnights, weekends and holidays. He also worked at KBLZ (the then student-run radio station) as well as KYNE-TV, and The Gateway as a reporter. <br/>In November 1992, Cooke signed on at KIOS-FM and has been there ever since. He has hosted the Tuesday and Thursday editions of Jazz in the Afternoon since 1996 and has also hosted Last Call since that year. A long time fan of jazz music, Cooke enjoys talking with the musicians who make jazz music. He has interviewed Horace Silver, Roy Haynes, Wayne Shorter, David Liebman, Airto Moreira, Jessica Williams and Karrin Allyson, to name a few. While not at the station Cooke maintains a web design consultancy business that has served a number of non-profit and music clients for over 20 years.