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Miles on the Serengeti (LSP2)


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oldlibmike

 Genre: Jazz Fusion

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Recently unearthed at Columbia from the early 70s, a nice free jazz electronic piece. Free jazz and fusion were running their course and with long jazz tracks coming in at 10 - 20 minutes each, vinyl was showing its limitations. Since this was the artist's first Columbia release, the shirts decided to keep the album to one disc and this track was left gather dust. Its a shame because this was the last album of this style in those giddy pre-disco days.
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Uploaded: Dec 14, 2013 - 11:21:31 AM
Last Updated: Dec 14, 2013 - 11:21:31 AM Last Played: Aug 02, 2019 - 08:39:45 AM
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gadzooks said 2074 days ago (December 14th, 2013)
Miles on the Serengeti (LSP2)
.... I have no idea ... too obscure for me but what an excellent track. There is a reference to Miles in the title ... Bitches Brew I love the experimental approach to the composition and choices of sounds. A very interesting rhythm ... what is the timing? Well done!
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oldlibmike said 2074 days ago (December 14th, 2013)
Right era
Miles is a "red herring" but right era and style :) Not bad. The timing was sort of 4/4 at first and turned off in keeping with tradition.
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davisamerica said 2074 days ago (December 14th, 2013)
If I had to guess
... Herbie Handcock .... Head Hunters? Cool track.
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davisamerica said 2074 days ago (December 14th, 2013)
or maybe
Sextant ....
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oldlibmike said 2074 days ago (December 14th, 2013)
In 2 - not bad!
One of my favorite albums but that era was dominated by Miles Bitches Brew (also a fav).
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sammydix said 2074 days ago (December 14th, 2013)
no piano
so i guess T. Monk is out. but i can easily say this my personal fav of everything i've heard from you so far.
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oldlibmike said 2074 days ago (December 14th, 2013)
Thanks!
Glad you enjoyed this one - I figured it was a bit "out there", but it was fun to play. I used the QuNexus keyboard with Absynth playing around with a percussive patch which started reminding me of the album. Then remembering the LSP2 project, I figured to develop it along those lines. I used the Akai EWI to play the higher "lead" part using Patchman's Korg M1 patches for the EWI (a combo with about 4 sounds in it) and then created a bass sort of patch on the Madrona Aalto. A far cry from the Arps used on the original album but it was fun.
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sammydix said 2073 days ago (December 15th, 2013)
"I figured it was a bit 'out there',"
did the trick.
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egobandit said 2074 days ago (December 15th, 2013)
I can hear
the grunts from the animals, that crazy high pitched synth really tripped me out cool post!
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sschedra said 2073 days ago (December 15th, 2013)
Can't say about the artist
Also, its education for me to learn anything about jazz in the early 70's as I had no idea anything like this was going on. Was it early electronica or was the stuff then just in this style? Has an ambient feel, but you can hear the jazz edge in the chromatic animal cries that I am hearing in the instruments. I thought that it ended rather abruptly. Definitely captures that African plains feel though.
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oldlibmike said 2073 days ago (December 15th, 2013)
Thanks
This album was similar to Bitches Brew. Lots of electronic instruments and early synths - mostly some ARPs and an early Moog III. My rendition used more modern synths - Absynth, Korg M1 and Aalto. I actually did make a remixed version with a fade, but used the abrupt one here - more like a rough cut. I wish Herbie had stuck with this longer, but it wasn't a commercial success.
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Doug Somers said 2073 days ago (December 15th, 2013)
I second sschedra
I'm not familiar with Hancock in this era, although I do know Davis/Bitches Brew ( and the beer of the same name from Dogfish Head, but that's another topic).

This is an education for me too. Very cool sounds melded together - there is a beat but it's not clear how it works in a standard way (obviously by intent) and it does harken to later ambient kind of electronic works. Very creative Mike, put together with care.
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oldlibmike said 2073 days ago (December 15th, 2013)
Love the beer!
I'm a home brewer, also another story ! This was the first Hancock album I heard in high school so I built up my jazz library from there! Was partly post bop and partly free jazz/electronica. I took liberties with the synths I used but the patches are sort if there.
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lyzak said 2071 days ago (December 17th, 2013)
Free Jazz Electronic
Wild sound journey - and the image adds a primal dimension to the sound.
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