The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions

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The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions
Compilation album by Miles Davis
Released September 30, 2003
Recorded November 19, 1969-June 4, 1970
30th Street Studio, New York City
Genre Jazz-Funk, Jazz-Rock
Length 352:26
Label Columbia
Miles Davis chronology
Live-Evil
(1970)
The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions
(1970)
The Cellar Door Sessions
(1970)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (8.6/10)[2]

The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions were recorded in April 1970 by Miles Davis, and released in September 2003. These sessions formed the basis for the 1971 album Jack Johnson.

They were recorded as the soundtrack for a documentary by the same name about the heavyweight world champion boxer Jack Johnson. One of the tracks closes with brief soliloquy by actor Brock Peters portraying Johnson.

Track listing[edit]

Disc One (75:10)

  • Tracks 1-4 recorded February 18, 1970 Columbia 30th Street Studio B, New York, NY
  • Tracks 5-9 recorded February 27, 1970 Columbia Studio B
  • Track 10 recorded March 3, 1970 Columbia Studio B
  1. "Willie Nelson (Take 2)"** – 6:41
  2. "Willie Nelson (Take 3)"* – 10:21
  3. "Willie Nelson (Insert 1)"** – 6:33
  4. "Willie Nelson (Insert 2)"** – 5:22
  5. "Willie Nelson (Remake Take 1)"* – 10:45
  6. "Willie Nelson (Remake Take 2)" – 10:17
  7. "Johnny Bratton (Take 4)"* – 8:18
  8. "Johnny Bratton (Insert 1)"* – 6:39
  9. "Johnny Bratton (Insert 2)"* – 5:20
  10. "Archie Moore"* – 4:45

Disc Two (68:19)

  • Tracks 1-5 recorded March 3, 1970 Columbia Studio B
  • Tracks 6-7 recorded March 17, 1970 Columbia Studio C
  • Track 8 recorded March 20, 1970 Columbia Studio B
  1. "Go Ahead John (Part One)"** – 13:07
  2. "Go Ahead John (Part Two A)"** – 7:00
  3. "Go Ahead John (Part Two B)"** – 10:06
  4. "Go Ahead John (Part Two C)"** – 3:38
  5. "Go Ahead John (Part One Remake)"** – 11:04
  6. "Duran (Take 4)"* – 5:37
  7. "Duran (Take 6)" – 11:20
  8. "Sugar Ray"* – 6:16

Disc Three (77:48)

  • Tracks 1-6 recorded April 7, 1970 Columbia Studio B
  • Tracks 7-8 recorded May 19, 1970 Columbia Studio C
  1. "Right Off (Take 10)" – 11:09
  2. "Right Off (Take 10A)"** – 4:33
  3. "Right Off (Take 11)"** – 5:58
  4. "Right Off (Take 12)"** – 8:49
  5. "Yesternow (Take 16)"* – 9:49
  6. "Yesternow (New Take 4)"** – 16:02
  7. "Honky Tonk (Take 2)"** – 10:04
  8. "Honky Tonk (Take 5)"* – 11:29

Disc Four (71:14)

  • Tracks 1-2 recorded May 19, 1970 Columbia Studio C
  • Track 3 recorded May 21, 1970 Columbia Studio C
  • Tracks 6-10 recorded June 3, 1970 Columbia Studio C
  • Tracks 11-12 recorded June 4, 1970 Columbia Studio C
  1. "Ali (Take 3)"* – 6:50
  2. "Ali (Take 4)"* – 10:16
  3. "Konda"** – 16:29
  4. "Nem Um Talvez (Take 17)"* – 2:50
  5. "Nem Um Talvez (Take 19)"* – 2:54
  6. "Little High People (Take 7)"* – 6:52
  7. "Little High People (Take 8)"* – 9:28
  8. "Nem Um Talvez (Take 3)"* – 4:36
  9. "Nem Um Talvez (Take 4A)" – 2:04
  10. "Selim (Take 4B)" – 2:15
  11. "Little Church (Take 7)"* – 3:18
  12. "Little Church (Take 10)" – 3:15

Disc Five (76:04)

  • Tracks 1-2 recorded June 4, 1970 Columbia Studio C
  • Track 3 recorded April 7, 1970 Columbia Studio B
    • Includes an excerpt from an unaccompanied trumpet solo from November 19 or 18, 1969
  • Track 4 recorded April 7, 1970 Columbia Studio B ("Yesternow") + February 18, 1970 Columbia Studio B ("Willie Nelson" uncredited)
    • Includes an excerpt from the unaccompanied November 1969 trumpet solo with arco bass overdubbed
    • Includes an excerpt of "Shhh/Peaceful" recorded February 18, 1969
    • Includes an excerpt from the unaccompanied November 1969 trumpet solo with the following overdubs: orchestra arranged by Teo Macero and narration by Brock Peters
  1. "The Mask (Part One)"* – 7:47
  2. "The Mask (Part Two)"* – 15:45
  3. "Right Off" – 26:54
  4. "Yesternow" – 25:36

All compositions by Miles Davis except Disc Four, tracks 4 through 12 by Hermeto Pascoal.

(*) Previously Unissued
(**) Previously Unissued in Full

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jurek, Thom (2011). "The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions - Miles Davis | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Leone, Dominique (2011). "Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Miles Davis: The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 

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