Mtume v's Stanley Crouch on Miles Davis Fusion Synthesisers

Mtume v's Stanley Crouch on Miles Davis Fusion Synthesisers

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Thu, 09/02/2012 - 01:24
Very interesting debate with jazz Critic and former Miles Davis collaborator James Mtume on Miles reasons for taking the fusion direction in the 70's , the debates brings up the subject of the jazz purist audience and jazz critics dislike to the new synthesiser led material many dismissing it as a fad . Crouch attempts to make an argument saying this era of Miles work never went anywhere or made any influences. Mtume certainly put's that argument to rest in the debate !

Check it out for yourself

Part 1

Part 2

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Fri, 10/02/2012 - 14:05
mtume - what a dude
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Mon, 20/02/2012 - 03:33
Thanks for sharing this- great viewing. What I find interesting is that many of those experimenting with fusion Tony Williams, Joe Zawinal, Herbie Hancock, Chic Corea, Larry Young, Santana etc went to on create a futuristic music that would go onto influence so many - without fusion a large part of the UK jazz dance scene would never have existed- its even more stark when you consider that the music was never intentionally made for dance floors!!

Latterly producers like IG Culture, Kaidi, Mark De Clive Lowe,Alex Attias are most definitely influenced in part by fusion as evidenced by the output of what became known as the broken beat scene.

So there's 2 branches from the fusion tree!
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Mon, 20/02/2012 - 11:23
James comment on Music & Technology in the second part = TRUTH



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Mon, 20/02/2012 - 18:00
a third branch might be the extended cantebury scene and gong family. steve hillage was very much influenced by bands like earth, wind & fire and parliament (apparently to the shock of some of some of his rock fans of the time) and in turn bands like ozric tentacles were further inspired. depending on how you listen to ozrics - the jazz funk fusion roots are just as evident as the progressive rock sounds.

modern music makers such as gel:sol & younger brother continue to be inspired by complicated bands with synthesizers in them
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