This long-awaited remake of the pop-infused 1985 sessions may not quite do Davis justice but it hits compelling highs
‘When I’m playing, I’m never through. It’s unfinished,” Miles Davis said in a revealing interview with the NME in 1985. “I like to find a place to leave for someone else to finish it. That’s where the high comes in.” As it undoubtedly would have when John Coltrane was reacting to the teasing daydreams curling from Davis’s trumpet-bell. But he never got to find that place with 1985’s pop-oriented Rubberband sessions, ditched after three months’ work by his new record label, Warner Bros. The tapes have finally been reinvented – 28 years after his death – by Davis’s drummer nephew Vince Wilburn Jr, and original producers Randy Hall and Attala Zane Giles. Vocal celebs Lalah Hathaway and Ledisi take the parts originally intended for Chaka Khan and Al Jarreau.