September 13, 2009 – 4:07 am

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The Man With The Horn Outtakes [no label, 1CD]

Columbia Studio, New York, January 1981.

After the release of the Pangaea live album, followed by a performance at the Newport Jazz Festival in New York on July 1, 1975, Miles Davis took a six-year hiatus. During this period, the wikipedia said Davis “withdrew almost completely from the public eye.” It was also a colourful period of drugs and women for Davis.

By 1979, Davis was starting to get back to his music and released his “comeback” album, The Man With The Horn, in 1981. While preparing the new album, this is what Davis said in his autobiography:

“The rehearsals went real good and everybody was playing what I wanted except for Barry Finnerty when we were rehearsing the last track on the album. One night we were over at my house rehearsing. Barry is playing this shit I don’t like on his guitar, so I tell him not to play it, but he keeps playing the way he wants.

“After he did it several times I told him to go outside and play everything he wanted to play for himself, and then come back in and play what I wanted. Now, Barry is a very good musician, but he’s also a very opinionated guy and doesn’t like it when somebody tells him what to play.

“He comes back in after a while and we start all over again and he played the same thing, so I told him not to play anymore. I went into the kitchen and got a bottle of Heineken and poured the beer on his head. He started telling me how he could be electrocuted because he was playing electric guitar.

“So I just told him ‘Fuck that shit; I told you not to play that chord, motherfucker, and I mean don’t play it and if you got to play it, then play it across the street like I told you.’ So when I told him that he got real scared.

“The next day we were going into the studio, and I got Mike Stern to play guitar in the band. I think the sax player Bill Evans brought him in. He was the other guitarist on The Man With The Horn and I kept him in my working band.”

While critics generally do not have a high regard for Man With The Horn - probably because of the album’s pop-ish elements; Davis would refine those very elements and turn Under Arrest into an arresting album, to say the least - what with Sting yelling the Miranda in French and a super cool Time After Time.

Thanks to dino000 for sharing these Man With The Horn outtakes on the Dime site, where the folks take great pains to ensure that the tracks have not been officially released.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Back Seat Betty (M. Davis) (take ?) 15:09 (21.2MB)
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Track 02. Back Seat Betty (M. Davis) (take ?) 18:31 (25.4MB)
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Track 01. Back Seat Betty (M. Davis) (take ?) 15:09 (21.7MB)
Track 02. Back Seat Betty (M. Davis) (take ?) 18:31 (26.0MB)

Miles Davis (tpt)
Bill Evans (ss, ts, fl)
Barry Finnerty (g)
Marcus Miller (el-b)
Al Foster (d)
Sammy Figueroa (perc)

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  1. 5 Responses to “MILES DAVIS - STUDIO OUTTAKES”

  2. Dear bigO - Team,

    thank you very very much for sharing this one on Miles, it’s terrific!

    any chance to get this lossless?

    Anyway, thank you!

    best, Kike.

    By Kike on Sep 13, 2009

  3. The lossless version is at Dime. Here is the link:

    You’ll have to be a member.

    By Admin on Sep 13, 2009

  4. Thanks very much for these. Miles Davis is always welcome. I like this period of his work.

    By Jonathan on Sep 17, 2009

  5. Nice going, Big O! Nice to hear these extended jam sessions with so much horn playing and searching going on. I saw this band their first time out at Avery Fisher Hall in 1980 (?) with Mike Stern, who was a friend of a friend. Mike was a noodle master from Berkeley College of Music but he clearly enjoyed playing rock when Miles called for it. Miles loved forcing musicians out of their comfort zone, telling John Coltrane to play fewer notes and telling John Mclaughlin to play like a black man (Jack Johnson) and everybody was better for it. Thanks!

    By Reg on Sep 21, 2009

  6. Thanks! Is there a live version of any of the tracks in the album? I haven’t found any yet.

    By Teo on Oct 4, 2009

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