Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Artist Henry Kaiser and Wadada Leo Smith
Title Yo Miles!
Label Shanachie - 5046 -

Yo Miles! comprises 160 minutes of music, presented in 2 CD-long suites developed from original Miles Davis themes and compositions, and encoded in sonically superior HDCD format. It is the first recording to explicitly explore the alchemical implications of what Miles himself was doing in the peak electric period, 1973-'75. To journey with them on their own expeditions, Kaiser and Smith created a core band with include guitarists Nels Cline (of Geraldine Fibbers) and Chris Muir, drummer/percussionists Wally Ingram and Lukas Ligeti (son of the famous composer Gyorgi Ligeti), and bass guitarist Michael Manring. On various tracks they are joined by Canadian pianist/organist Paul Plimley, Berkeley pianist Greg Goodman, organist John Medeski (Medeski, Martin and Wood), multiple sax virtuosos Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Larry Ochs, and John Raskin (ROVA Saxophone Quartet) and George Brooks, bass clarinetist Oluyemi Thomas (Positive Knowledge), lap steel guitar wizard Freddie Roulette, guitarist Elliott Sharp, and electronic keyboardist from the Grateful Dead camp, Bob Bralove.