Miles Davis’ Rubberband – An Album That Better Should Have Stayed Unpublished

Thank you again for all your feedback

I get a lot of comments, both on the site itself and via direct message. And I truly appreciate every single element of feedback. It is what keeps me going now 5 years in a row.

Recently you told me you’d like more reviews of Jazz albums, and also encouraged me to write more critical reviews. I often tend to shy away from them, as my reviews clearly are very subjective opinions, and I really don’t like to critisize great musicians just because I don’t like some of their albums.

That said, the next musician won’t mind, a) he’s passed away a long time ago, and b) he’s one of the most brilliant musicians ever and nothing I’ll write here will take anything away from this

Miles Davis – Rubberband (Warner 2019)

This is a negative review that is more of a warning. Stay away from this zombie at all cost.

In the 1980s, Miles Davis had finally left his long term label Columbia to sign up with Warner. He then started recording some tracks. For several reasons, these tracks were never fully finished, and ended up in a drawer somewhere.

Now, somebody decided, let’s take these tracks, complete what Miles didn’t complete, and let’s see if we can still milk the Miles Davis brand.

First of all, people think of Miles Davis as a Jazz musician. Let’s be clear, in the 1980s had moved on, to a style much more influenced by funk and pop. Nothing wrong with this, it’s not really my cup of tea, but Tutu an album that was recorded shortly after this, is a modern classic. It will never get a lot of playtime on my system, but I understand why some people like it.

Rubberband really never should have been published in my opinion. Without Davis’ trademark horn popping up every once in a while, it would have just been a very bland synthetic late funk / 80s pop album. So if you’re interested in 1980s funk jazz, get Tutu (or some Herbie Hancock stuff from that era). But really avoid this “album” at all cost.

My rating: 1 star (this is now officially my first 1 star review in 5 years and more than 300 posts)

If you still want to check it out, you can find it here (Qobuz)

Author: Musicophile

I'm not a professional musician, I don't work in the music industry, I'm just what the name says, somebody who loves music. I've been in love with music for all of my life, took piano lessons for nearly 10 years, and played in several amateur Jazz groups. I go to concerts, both classical and Jazz, quite regularly. And I collect music previously on vinyl and CDs, now on my computer, and am slightly OCD on my music collection. You can reach me at Musicophile1(AT)gmail.com

8 thoughts on “Miles Davis’ Rubberband – An Album That Better Should Have Stayed Unpublished”

  1. Dear Musicophile
    Most of your reviews make me discover an outstanding artist/album. Unsure negative reviews provide any value… unclear why I should read them & clearly I am not going to listen to the albums you hate. There are millions of recordings out there, may I respectfully suggest to fully focus on helping your loyal readers find some diamonds? Very best regards Vincenzo

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Dear Musicophile
    Most of your reviews make me discover an outstanding artist/album. Unsure negative reviews provide any value… unclear why I should read them & clearly I am not going to listen to the albums you hate. There are millions of recordings out there, may I respectfully suggest to fully focus on helping your loyal readers find some diamonds? Very best regards Vincenzo

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Vincenzo! I agree in principle, that’s why the overwhelming majority of my reviews are positive recommendations. The name of Miles Davis is just such a legend that some may just buy it blindly. Hence my warning. But overall it’s much more fun writing about good than bad music!

      Like

  3. Okay, but I don’t think the album is that bad. I like Miles’ funk period stuff in general. I even like some of “Decoy” which is from around the same time. I liked the second cut here, “This is It” and a couple of others.
    Okay, I’m not buying it. But that’s what Qobuz is for….

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks for your feedback. My review is clearly biased as I’m not very much into funk in the first place (with some exceptions). Luckily we all have different tastes! And fully agree the option of having everything available for streaming is fantastic!

      Like

  4. I disagree that we shouldn’t sometimes publish negative reviews and in fact when Chris was wondering whether or not to do so, encouraged him. (But he made up his own mind.) I review albums too on occasion. And while I like to write about those that are really good, I like to let people know which ones to steer clear of, even if they are our favorite stars. Hell, I read a ton of movie reviews and I want the reviewer to save me a few bucks if the movie, in his or her opinion, stinks. Hence, Rotten Tomatoes. That’s the whole purpose of reviewing and criticism. If Musicophile has written over 300 reviews and this is the first one he’s given one star to, that’s a pretty good track record.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Jim. I’ll probably try to find a middle way, focusing mostly on the good stuff and just throw in an occasional word of warning like this one, particularly when it concerns big names.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

classical life

A classical music blog by music critic Tim Mangan

This Week's Music

Making Classical Accessible

From my Macbook to the Net

Evaporation of my thoughts and observations

Elestra

Author: Artienne

My Life in Music

Playing, Singing and Listening

ArsX3

A brand new journal reviewing books, cinema, music

LawrenceEz's Blog

Creative and Performing Arts: Writing, Classical Music, Photography

Laetitia Strauch-Bonart

Contemporary Politics & Culture

sibling revelry

reveling in all things classical

It's A Raggy Waltz

I collect jazz on vinyl, I dig the Dave Brubeck Quartet, & I write about it

La Musica

By two cousins

Music Enthusiast - At the junction of rock, blues, R&B, jazz, pop,and soul

#𝟏𝟐𝟖 208 Top Music Blogs To Follow in 2022, #𝟓0 Top 80 American Music Blogs 2021, #𝟗𝟒 Top 200 Most Influential Music Blogs 2019, 𝐓𝐨𝐩 𝟐𝟎 Music Blogs 2019 (no ranking).

thejazzbreakfast

Dishing it out from the heart of England

only jazz

random thoughts about music that matters to me

Le Corso del Destino

a journey in classical music

The Culture Project

Exploring the world of literature, wine, art, music and more.

René Spencer Saller

The music causes me to dream of fabulous empires, filled with fabulous sins.

The High Arts Review

Βιβλία, ταινίες, μουσική

Breaking Baroque

Blog of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Tasting Nirvana

Eating your Dosha

The Immortal Jukebox

A Blog about Music and Popular Culture

April Greene

Writer + Editor

a pianist's musings

A history of your favorite classical music.

Classical music for all

Boris Giltburg's blog

%d bloggers like this: