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'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"
"...a sprawling blowout that should convert open minds...at once dangerous and respectful..."
"This studio production...offers some of the most immediate and realistic sound of both electronic and acoustic instruments."
"...beautifully played by great musicians...it's fabulously recorded...the album trucks along like the world's number one jam band..."
"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.
released 25 January 2005