Columbia publish ‘Big Fun,’ an album by Miles Davis recorded over a period of four years (1974)

Miles Davis ‘Big Fun’ is a double album recorded between 1969 and 1972 and released on April 19, 1974 by Columbia.

Track Listing : 1.Great Expectations (Miles Davis, Joe Zawinul) / Orange Lady (Joe Zawinul) – 27:23 . 2.Ife (Miles Davis) – 21:34 . 3.Recollections (Joe Zawinul) – 18:55 . 4.Trevere (Miles Davis) – 05:55 . 5.Go Ahead John (Miles Davis) – 28:27 . 6.Lonely Fire (Miles Davis) – 21:21 . 7.The Little Blue Frog (Miles Davis) – 09:10 . 8.Yaphet (Miles Davis) – 09:39

Musicians : Miles Davis – Trumpet, Electric Trumpet With Wah Wah On (1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8) . Airto Moreira – Cuíca, Percussion, Indian Instruments,Berimbau On (1 – 3 – 4 – 6 – 7 – 8) . Al Foster – Drums On (2) . Badal Roy – Tabla On (2) . Bennie Maupin – Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Flute On (1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 6 – 7 – 8) . Bihari Sharima – Tamboura, Tabla On (1 – 4 – 7 – 8) . Billy Cobham – Drums, Triangle On (1 – 3 – 4 – 6 – 7 – 8) . Billy Hart – Drums On (2) . Carlos Garnett – Soprano Saxophone On (2) . Chick Corea – Electric Piano On (1 – 3 – 4 – 6 – 7 – 8) . Dave Holland – Double Bass, Electric Bass Guitar On (3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7) . Harold I. Williams, Jr. – Piano On (2) . Harvey Brooks – Electric Bass Guitar On (1 – 4 – 6 – 7 – 8) . Herbie Hancock – Electric Piano On (1 – 8) . Jack Dejohnette – Drums On (3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7) . James Mtume – African Percussion On (2) . Joe Zawinul – Electric Piano, Farfisa Organ On (3 – 6) . John Mclaughlin – Guitar On (1 – 3 – 5 – 7 – 8) . Khalil Balakrishna – Sitar, Indian Instruments On (1 – 4 – 6 – 7 – 8) . Larry Young – Organ, Celeste On (4 – 7) . Lonnie Liston Smith – Piano On (2) . Michael Henderson – Electric Bass On (2) . Ron Carter – Double Bass On (1 – 8) . Sonny Fortune – Soprano Saxophone, Flute On (2) . Steve Grossman – Soprano Saxophone On (1 – 4 – 5 – 7 – 8) . Wayne Shorter – Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone On (3 – 6)

Production : Produced By Teo Macero . Frank Laico – Audio Engineer . Stan Tonkel – Audio Engineer . Russ Payne – Mix Engineer . Stan Weiss – Mix Engineer . John Guerriere – Mix Engineer

Package : Corky Mccoy – Original Cover Art

Recorded On November 19, 28, 1969; February 6, 1970; March 3, 1970and June 12, 1972 At Columbia Studios B And E (New York, Ny).

Released On April 19, 1974 By Columbia.

(Source Miles Davis ‘Big Fun’ | Official Site)

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Head Heritage
The real jewel in the crown though is the 28 minute motherfucker of a track called ‘Go Ahead John’ which is an out take from the ‘Jack Johnson’ album sessions of 1970. […]

Stylus
Critics and historians get hung up on facts—when it was recorded and who was playing—especially jazz critics and jazz historians. Why do they care if Herbie Hancock was playing electric piano on one cut and Joe Zawinul on another? They entirely miss the point of what Miles was during with his music during the fusion era. Davis deliberately left off the musician’s names on the liner-notes of On The Corner in protest to over-dissection of ‘who’s playing what on what’. […]

allmusic
Despite the presence of classic tracks like Joe Zawinul‘s “Great Expectations,” Big Fun feels like the compendium of sources it is. These tracks are all outtakes from other sessions, most notably Bitches Brew, On the Cornerand others. […]

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