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Barry Miles & Co. ‎


Barry Miles & Co.- Sky Train - 1977 - RCA

An album I just never get tired of since I first got it in 1977 (oh my! I'm old!). Incredible musicianship: this is one REALLY tight band. The album starts off at full tilt and alternates between extremely high energy and relaxing cuts, which, frankly, is necessary because I have a tendency not to breathe during music of this intensity. It's a full band, with keyboards, guitar, sax, drums, and a powerhouse brass section. Oh yes, and putting on my audiophile jerk hat, this is a very good recording. The keyboards and guitar are real. The brass is powerful. There is plenty of tight, controlled bass. Etc. It's not a super high tech recording where the recording quality is more important than the music (oops! Jaded attitude alert), but it's certainly good enough. It can be enjoyed at proper volumes without harshness. It's a great album. If you're a fusion fan, this should be in your collection, although it sets the bar very high. Somebody commented on the previous review that he saw this performed live: I cannot tell you how jealous I am! - ***** Awesome Fusion Jazz Album By & © MightyFavog August 29, 2011 © 1996-2013, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates

Great jazz funk/fusion album from the brilliant fusion- jazz keyboardist Barry Miles who has worked with many of the top fusion musicians, including Al Di Meola & Miles Davis. Over the years, he has issued a handful of solo albums most of which are still unavailable on CD. “Sky Train” features among others, Eric Kloss, Anthony Jackson & Randy Brecker. The album also features the 20 minute epic "Cityscape" (The Fusion Suite). Read an interview with Barry Miles @ http://www.thebottomend.co.uk/Barry_Miles_artists.php and listen to his “White Heat” album regarded by many as one of the pioneering "fusion" jazz recordings of all time [All tracks @ 320 Kbps: File size = 113 Mb]

TRACKS

1 Sky Train 3:59
2 Old Man Jack 4:35
3 Relay 5:10
4 This Is Our Night 4:20
5 Big A 6:53
6 A Waltz For You 5:28
7 Cityscape (The Fusion Suite) 19:26

All tracks composed by Barry Miles

MUSICIANS

Vic Juris - Guitar
Jeffrey Mironov - Guitar on “Old Man Jack”
Anthony Jackson - Electric Bass
Eddie Gomez - Acoustic Bass on “A Waltz For You”
Barry Miles – Mini Moog Synthesizer, Electric & Acoustic Piano, Clavinet, String Ensemble
Terry Silverlight - Drums
Rubens Bassini, Erroll “Crusher” Bennett - Percussion
Eric Kloss - Alto Sax
Randy Brecker, Tom Harrell, Joe Shepley, Burt Collins - Trumpet
Sam Burtis, Tony Studd, Tom Malone, David Taylor - Trombone
Tony Price - Tuba
Jim Buffington, Brooks Tillotson - French Horn

BIO

"I guess it all started the day I was born in 1947", muses composer, arranger, and keyboard wizard, Barry Miles. "The doctor was a serious jazz buff and he was playing a Benny Goodman record while he was delivering me. My parents have always been into music and when I was just a toddler, my father who owned a record store, would bring home be-bop records of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie which I would play incessantly on my little 78 phonograph. When I was four I started taking piano lessons from my uncle and when I was seven I started drum lessons. My father noticed my early musical ability and took me to sit in with some great musicians who were passing through town." One of the musicians who heard Barry was Woody Herman and through his association with Woody, Barry performed on some major TV shows and concerts which led to his early membership in the musician's union at age nine. In his pre-teen years, he got the opportunity to perform with some of the greatest jazz legends including Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Roy Eldridge, Buck Clayton, Coleman Hawkins, and John Coltrane. "I remember playing a concert in Newark, N.J. with then 19 year old Wayne Shorter and in a darkened backstage area I heard a gruff voice behind me say 'you sound good, kid'. I turned around and discovered it was Miles Davis!" In the early 60's, throughout high-school, Barry continued his musical studies: Harmony and Theory with Dika Newlin who herself had been a student of composer, Arnold Schoenberg, classical piano with Olga Von Till, who had studied with Bela Bartok. (Olga, at the time, was also teaching famed jazz pianist, Bill Evans who had gone a decade earlier to the same high-school as Barry). Barry simultaneously was studying jazz piano with acclaimed teacher John Mehegan and during the summers went up to the Eastman School of Music to study arranging and orchestration with Ray Wright, Manny Albam, and Fred Karlin. Along with school and private study, Barry maintained his own band which performed concerts and TV. He played a State Department tour of Europe and recorded and composed all the music for his first album, "Miles of Genius" on Charlie Parker-MGM Records (1961). Many great young musicians were introduced to the public in Barry's group in the 60's, including Woody Shaw, Eddie Gomez, Richard Davis, and Ron Carter. By the mid-60's, Barry came to the conclusion that "because of the developments in mass communication, people have the opportunity to hear music from all over the world and the result will be the fusion of many diverse elements into various new styles". The outcome of this concept was the recording of Barry's "Syncretic Compositions" (1966) featuring Lew Soloff, Robin Kenyatta, Walter Booker, and Don Perullo, and it's probably the first "fusion" album in an acoustic setting containing elements of jazz, classical, rock, and Eastern music. It was recorded at a live concert at Princeton University which Barry graduated from in 1969. While at Princeton, Barry studied electronic music and experimented with the early versions of the sophisticated synthesizers available today. Upon graduation, Barry recorded an album for Poppy- RCA Records and through the 70's continued to pioneer his fusion concept by recording seven more albums and touring all over the world with his quartet, Barry Miles & Silverlight. Many more great musicians were introduced through his band and recordings including Al Di Meola, Vic Juris, Pat Martino, John Abercrombie, Eric Kloss, Lew Tabackin, and Barry's brother, Terry Silverlight. In between engagements, Barry did studio work playing on hundreds of pop, R&B, and jazz recordings.Between 1980 and 1994, Barry was the musical director for Roberta Flack and through Roberta he composed and arranged music for the Richard Pryor movie, "Bustin' Loose" as well as contributing as a producer/composer/arranger/performer on a number of her albums. In the early '90's, Barry renewed a long association with Al Di Meola by performing with the Al Di Meola Project and collaborating in the production, arranging, and writing of Al's "Kiss My Axe" album. Throughout the '90's to the present, Barry has composed music for several hundred national and international TV and radio commercials along with numerous Miramax movie trailers. More recently, he performed and arranged with Roberta Flack on the "Songs From the Neighborhood" album, which won the 2006 Grammy for best children's album, and is currently producing and arranging on a new album of Beatles songs for her. Once again, Barry has collaborated with Al Di Meola on his highly acclaimed albums, "The Consequences of Chaos" (2006), and "In Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody" (2011). Barry is proud to have performed and assisted on Terry Silverlight's albums, "Diamond In The Riff" (2008) and "In Concert" (2011). © http://www.terrysilverlight.com/BarryMilesBio.pdf © http://www.terrysilverlight.com/BarryMiles.html

16 comments:

francisco santos said...

the file is not OK...can you please Re-Post it...it's not very good asking again but this record seems very good...i'm sorry (try the link, please)& thanks once more

Memo2Self said...

Which link do I click? I'm getting a cloud storage site, a program to install (ivivid?), a file that's less than 100 kb... I can't seem to find the actual link to the file... thanks.

Memo2Self said...

Which link do I click? I keep getting new pages that want me to sign up for cloud storage, something called ivivid that wants me to install a program, another file that's less than 100 kb... how do I actually find the file? Thanks!

newnativemark said...

Thanks for the Barry Miles, looks very interesting.

The link leads to a 400kb file?

Mark

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi,All. There's a new link on the way. Thanks...Paul

newnativemark said...

Thank you, works great now.

Mark

francisco santos said...

thanks Paul...excellent seventies fusion record...great post!!!!!

A.O.O.F.C said...

Thanks, Francisco & Mark. TTU soon...Paul

newnativemark said...

Paul -

Just listened to this all the way through., You are correct, it is excellent. And to think I never heard it before. Much appreciated, sir!

Mark

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi,Mark. I'm really glad. It's always good to hear from someone who knows what real music is. So many kids today don't know what they're missing! TTU soon...Paul

berkaal said...

Just to let you know, unfortunately the link is dead :-(

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi,berkaal. Follow these instructions:-
Go to

http://rusfolder.com/33434031?ints_code=f2d03420719b5bae541ca8a23db724e1

Scroll down. Click on "Download" on left hand side. On next page, click on any link.On top right hand side of screen watch the countdown number. On next screen, at top of page, click on the red icon with the download arrow. On next screen, enter the numerals or digits in the box, and directly underneath click the lettering (either "confirm" or a Russian word). On next screen, you will see a link beginning with http://rusfolder.com/download/ Click on that. This will download the rar file. Make sure you x out of any pop-ups. The process is easier if you translate the page into your own language. Thanks...Paul

berkaal said...

I followed your instructions, everything went OK, right now I'm listening to it, and it's really really good. Every time your kindness goes further what I could expect even from my best friends. I'm always in debt with you. I hope some day I will be able to do something in return.

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi,berkaal. Honestly, it's no problem. I'm always glad to help a real music lover. Take care, & TTU soon...Paul

St~JAmes Club said...

http://uploaded.net/file/s9j6j4xu , Hug´s Paul , thank´s to remind me this amazing album , never too much

A.O.O.F.C said...

TYVM St~JAmes Club...TC...Paul