I came across this gifted artist quite randomly, and yet he has a shocking affinity for some of my favorite music ever recorded. Time has been kind to Miles Davis’ electric period (1969-1975), even though that body of work was not well thought of upon release. During my college career (1990-1994), that era of music became the most important signpost on a musical journey that continues to this day. What I learned from listing to ‘In a Silent Way’, ‘Jack Johnson’ and ‘Dark Magus’ shaped the person I have become, both musically and otherwise. I still routinely return to those and other recordings and find more undiscovered nuance of melody, rhythm and groove.
And in much the same way that Simone Rosetti’s The Watch has absolutely nailed the Gabriel-era Genesis, Collignon has uncovered a similar resonance with that extraordinary time in the career of Miles Davis. His latest release is Shangri-Tunkashi-La and it is a pure delight. Firstly, it is readily available on iTunes, which surprised and delighted me. Second, the renditions of Bitches Brew, Billy Preston, It’s About That Time, and others are not replicas of the originals, but incorporate the jubilant spirit of improvisation which was such an important part of how those compositions came into the world.
The record is now favorably reviewed in English, has gorgeous cover art and can be downloaded by anyone with an iTunes account. All that remains is a North American tour schedule. Hope springs eternal.
Give “Billy Preston” a listen below.