Miles Davis, Tutu (1986)
As I said here Tutu was the first Miles Davis album I ever heard. So it’s in my vinyl collection now as a result; a memory of that moment – of being introduced to one of the giants of jazz; one of the giants of music. I now own more albums by Miles Davis than by any other artist – so it’s certainly fair to say he/it had/made an impact. We had Tutu on CD because my dad won a CD player in a sales competition and with it was a card where you could choose (from a list of about 30 titles) five CDs. Among them, dad chose Tutu because he wanted a Miles Davis album. This was Hawke’s Bay, 1990. So a soft-jazz/fusion-y album that sounds, largely, like it should play during those “adult thrillers” you hire when you’re about 15 and its plausible to get that kind of R-18 movie but may not the kind you really want was probably perfect for the time. Er, um, where was I? Well, ah, I was in Hawke’s Bay. And it was 1990. And this was the first sound of Miles Davis I heard. From there it would be to all of the great stuff. And I still like some of his albums from the 1980s – particularly (obviously) this one. It was also an introduction to Marcus Miller. I enjoyed some of his work outside of his job here of propping up Miles. Tutu is of its time. I guess you could say it’s dated. But it plays through nicely; you just don’t want to listen to it too often these days. Couple of times a year, like any nostalgia shot.
Sample Track: Portia
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