Get Up with It

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Get Up With It
Studio album by Miles Davis
Released November 22, 1974
Recorded May 1970 - October 1974 at Columbia Studios B and E (NYC)
Genre Jazz fusion,[1] worldbeat[2]
Length 123:52
Label Columbia
Producer Teo Macero
Miles Davis chronology
Big Fun
(1974)
Get Up with It
(1974)
Agharta
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Alternative Press 5/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau A−[5]
Penguin Guide to Jazz 3.5/4 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[2]

Get Up with It is an album collecting tracks recorded between 1970 and 1974 by Miles Davis. Released on November 22, 1974 as a double LP, it was Davis' last studio album before five years of retirement from music. J. D. Considine, writing in The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), described the album's music as "worldbeat fusion".[2]

"He Loved Him Madly" was recorded by Davis as his tribute to then-recently deceased Duke Ellington, who used to tell his audiences "I love you madly."[7] English musician Brian Eno cited it as a lasting influence on his own work.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

In a contemporary review, Rolling Stone magazine's Stephen Davis praised Davis' adventurousness and direction of his rhythm band, whom he called a "who's who of Seventies jazz-rock".[9] Robert Christgau of The Village Voice wrote that, although Davis' recent albums have sounded slapdash with "noodling over a pick-up rhythm section," he still plays Get Up with It "since it contains over two hours of what sometimes sounds like bullshit: it's not exactly music to fill the mind. Just the room."[5] In a 1981 review, Christgau wrote that only two of the six shorter songs—"Maiyisha" and "Honky Tonk"—make up "more than good" background music, but the two long pieces "are brilliant: 'He Loved Him Madly,' a tribute to Duke Ellington as elegant African internationalist, and 'Calypso Frelimo,' a Caribbean dance broken into sections that seem to follow with preordained emotional logic."[10]

Upon the album's reissue in 2000, Alternative Press gave Get Up with It a rave review and called it "essential ... the overlooked classic of psychedelic soul and outlandish improv ... representing the high water mark of [Davis'] experiments in the fusion of rock, funk, electronica and jazz".[4] Stylus Magazine's Chris Smith said that it is "not an easy album to write, let alone think, about. It’s a bit more of an anything-goes hodgepodge than it is a sprawling masterwork, and is probably written about the least of all Miles’ electric work."[11]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Miles Davis.

Side one
  1. "He Loved Him Madly" (1974) –32:05
Side two
  1. "Maiysha" (1974) –14:49
  2. "Honky Tonk" (1970) –5:54
  3. "Rated X" (1972) –6:49
Side three
  1. "Calypso Frelimo" (1973) –32:10
Side four
  1. "Red China Blues" (1972) –4:10
  2. "Mtume" (1974) –15:12
  3. "Billy Preston" (1972) –12:35
Note
  • The CD re-release merges sides one and two onto disc one and sides three and four onto disc two.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc (July 22, 2000). "The Rhythm & The Blues". Billboard: 41. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Rolling Stone 2004
  3. ^ Jurek, Thom (2011). "Get Up with It - Miles Davis | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Review: Get Up with It". Alternative Press (Cleveland): 104–6. November 2000. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (April 7, 1975). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Acclaimed Music - Get Up with It". acclaimedmusic.net. 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Tate, Greg (September 1997). "Voodoo Ray Gun". Vibe (New York): 90. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ Ambient 4: On Land (CD liner). Brian Eno. E.G. Records. 1986. EGED 20. 
  9. ^ Davis, Stephen (2011). "Miles Davis: Get Up With It : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". web.archive.org. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  10. ^ Christgau 1981, p. 102.
  11. ^ Smith, Chris (2011). "Miles Davis - Get Up With It - On Second Thought - Stylus Magazine". stylusmagazine.com. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 

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