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If you would like to purchase the physical copy of this album, please go here:
www.cuneiformrecords.com

'Upriver' is Yo Miles! second Cuneiform release and was recorded live directly to stereo DSD recorder at the same sessions that produced the award-winning 'Sky Garden' release. Kaiser and Smith have assembled an all-star cast that includes Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet; Henry Kaiser, Mike Keneally and Chris Muir on electric guitars; Michael Manring on bass; Steve Smith on drums; Karl Perazzo on percussion; Greg Osby (alto) and John Tchicai (tenor and soprano) on saxophones; and Tom Coster on keyboards. It also features special guests Zakir Hussain on tabla, Dave Creamer on guitar, and the ROVA Sax Quartet.

Containing 2 1/2 hours of music, this recording focuses on Davis' improv-fueled works from the early-mid 70's, while also including an original Smith composition and a group improvisation.

"Smith and Kaiser have recovered some of (Miles') radical energy and reapplied it in the context of a new technology that gives this music clarity as well as thudding power...if you want to see where (Miles') example leads us, this is the way to go"
-The Wire.

"...a sprawling blowout that should convert open minds...at once dangerous and respectful..."
-Denver Post.

"This studio production...offers some of the most immediate and realistic sound of both electronic and acoustic instruments."
-Stereophile.

"...beautifully played by great musicians...it's fabulously recorded...the album trucks along like the world's number one jam band..."
-Paris Transatlantic.

"Yo Miles! has gone beyond the fundamental with songs that breathe the spirit of Davis to create an atmosphere that resonates with a fire and an essence of their very own. Kaiser and Smith's knowing explorations through Miles' complex electro-funk realm revisits the dread while expanding the beauty."
-All About Jazz.

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released 25 January 2005

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