NEW YORK, May 25, 2007 — In honor of Miles Davis’ 81st birthday on Saturday, May 26, Legacy Recordings announces the long-awaited release of “Evolution Of The Groove,” the highly-anticipated Miles Davis Remix EP premiering tracks with Nas, Carlos Santana, Olu Dara and an A-list contemporary music ensemble featuring Miles’ nephew Vince Wilburn, Jr., on drums and programming, guitarist Pat Thrall (Pat Travers Band, Meat Loaf) and bassist Charley Drayton (Rolling Stones, Iggy Pop, Divinyls). “Evolution Of The Groove” will be available August 7.
Executive produced by Steve Berkowitz and Vince Wilburn, Jr., and co- produced by Wilburn, Jr., Thrall, and Drayton, “Evolution Of The Groove” was recorded mainly at the Hit Factory in New York City. Nas’ vocals on the track “Freedom Jazz Dance,” co-produced by jazz funk legend Lenny White (Return To Forever), were recorded at DARP Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.
Tracks on “Evolution Of The Groove” Remix EP include “Freddie Freeloader,” “Freedom Jazz Dance” featuring Nas, “It’s About That Time” featuring Carlos Santana (this is a longer version that the one originally included on 2006’s “Cool & Collected”), “Honky Tonk” and “Black Satin.”
Remix musicians on “Freedom Jazz Dance” are: Nas (vocal), Vince Wilburn, Jr. (drums), Victor Bailey (bass), Geri Allen (Fender Rhodes), Olu Dara (additional trumpet), Erik Kussio and Todd Lea for Orkestra Earthquake Music (drum programming), Diego Carlin (keyboard programming), and Pat Thrall (programming and editing).
Remix musicians on “It’s About That Time” are: Carlos Santana (lead guitar), Vince Wilburn, Jr. (drums, programming), Charley Drayton (bass, programming), Geri Allen (Fender Rhodes), Azize Faye (African drums), Ndongo Mbaye (talking drum), and Pat Thrall (guitar, programming).
Throughout an expansive and prolific career which began in the mid-1940s and continued until his death in 1991, Miles Davis launched an unparalleled series of revolutions in jazz and popular music, his boundless invention encompassing post bop, hard bop, cool jazz, funk, rock, fusion, Eastern modalities, Western heresies, and more through his unforgettable performances and timeless recordings. One of the great bandleaders of the 20th century, Miles chose his sidemen and collaborators with alchemical precision, forever pushing against the boundaries of convention and expectation to create new sounds, new dreams, new music that needed to be heard.
Both an homage to Miles and a continuation of the spirit and intention of his music, “Evolution Of The Groove” imagines Miles Davis in the 21st century, the lyricism of his horn and the power of his musical vision blending with contemporary hip-hop, jazz and rock in provocative new ways and seductive new grooves.