Miles From India: Dedicated to the Memory of Master Drummer and Percussionist Leon Ndugu Chancler – Miles Festival: Eastern Connections
Date(s) - 05/27/2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Miner Auditorium, SFJAZZ Center
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A fresh assemblage of Miles collaborators and major Indian musicians explore the rich trove of the Miles Davis songbook.
A project sparked by discussion between visionary jazz producer/arranger Bob Belden and label owner Yusuf Gandhi regarding the Indian instrumentation used by Miles Davis on his classic 1972 fusion album On the Corner, Miles from India is devoted to re-imagining Davis’ music by a full ensemble of Indian musicians.
Mastermind behind the seminal Miles Davis reissue series from the Columbia vault, Belden assembled a staggering collection of Davis alumni including Jimmy Cobb, Chick Corea, Ron Carter, John McLaughlin, Gary Bartz, Mike Stern, and David Liebman as well as master Indian musicians Louiz Banks, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Rakesh Chaurasia, and Ranjit Barot to perform on the self-titled 2008 Times Square album – a critical and commercial smash that made the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top Jazz Albums chart upon its release. Now, over a year since Belden’s passing, a fresh assemblage of Miles collaborators and major Indian musicians comes together to explore the rich trove of the Miles Davis songbook, from Kind of Blue to Bitches Brew, and pay homage to legacy of Bob Belden.
Arguably the most ambitious and certainly the most hybrid of Miles Davis tribute projects…a scintillating cross-pollination of music rooted in extended improvisations and buoyed by the sonic spice of Indian instruments.
The beauty of Miles from India is how the players from different cultures and backgrounds meet on Miles’ turf with their individual voices completely intact. Miles from India is not only an amazing celebration of the music of Miles Davis, it’s also a tribute to the way Miles and Teo Macero changed the way jazz music can be made.
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Miles From India
- John Beasley – keyboards
- Alphonso Johnson – bass
- Vince Wilburn, Jr. – drums
- Taku Hirano – percussion, Indian dhol
- Javon Jackson – saxophones
- Tim Hagans – trumpet
- Rez Abbasi – guitars
- V. Selvaganesh – khanjira
- Salar Nader – tabla
- Raman Kalyan – Indian bamboo flute