Electric Miles: Marcus Miller, Richard Patterson, Foley, Benny Rietveld, Felton Crews, Tom Barney

One of Miles’ primary collaborators in his later years was bassist, producer, and composer Marcus Miller - who rendered blistering funk grooves on such pivotal sides as The Man With the Horn (1981- which also featured bassist Felton Crews), We Want Miles (1982) and Star People (1983 - wherein Tom Barney cut one track).

Marcus produced and mostly composed the last two great Miles sides: the Grammy Award winning Tutu (1986) and Amandla (1989), the latter of which included "Foley" (Joseph McCreary Jr.) who utilized an instrument tuned an octave higher than a traditional bass.

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In 2011 Marcus waxed Tutu Revisited, which, to my ears, Miles would have dug! Bassists Benny Rietveld (Santana) and Richard Patterson anchor Miles' definitive concert compilation from this era, Live Around The World - which document Davis' last ensembles from 1988-91.     

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