Five-CD set featuring four-and-a-half hours of new music recorded in 1970
Following such monster sets as The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions, here’s another compendium, this time of the recordings that culminated in A Tribute To Jack Johnson, a homage to the trailblazing black heavyweight boxer. These sessions, which took place between February and June 1970, are not essential unless you need to hear every note Davis ever parped. Much of it’s the equivalent of sparring, especially the skinny funk workouts on the second disc. Better when the music slows and the electric improv waters are less muddy, as on the exquisite “Ali” and “Konda”, in which the keyboards of Keith Jarrett swirl to the fore.