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Studio album by Miles Davis
Released June 30, 1992
Recorded January 19 – February 1991
Studio Unique Recording
Genre Jazz rap, jazz, acid jazz, bebop
Length 40:02
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Easy Mo Bee
Miles Davis chronology
Miles & Quincy Live at Montreux
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Doo-Bop was jazz musician Miles Davis' final studio album, which would have marked the beginning of his turn to hip-hop-oriented tracks, "doo-bop" being a portmanteau of producer Easy Mo Bee's short-lived, new jack swing-derived "doo-hop" and "bebop".[2] Davis died on September 28, 1991, at which time only six pieces for the album had been completed.[3] To finish it off, Easy Mo Bee was asked to take some of the unreleased trumpet performances (stemming from what Davis called the RubberBand Session), and build tracks that Miles 'would have loved' around the recordings. The album's posthumous tracks (as stated in the liner notes) are "High Speed Chase" and "Fantasy". A reprise of the song "Mystery" rounded out the album's nine-track length.[1]

The project stemmed from Davis sitting in his New York apartment in the summer with the windows open, listening to the sound of the streets. He wanted to record an album of music that captured these sounds. In early 1991, Davis called up his friend Russell Simmons and asked him to find some young producers who could help create this kind of music, leading to Davis' collaboration with Easy Mo Bee, his last, the result of which, Doo-Bop, was released by Warner Bros. Records on June 30, 1992, to mixed reviews. The album won the 1993 Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Miles Davis and Easy Mo Bee, except where indicated

Side one
No. Title Sampled songs Length
1. "Mystery"     3:56
2. "The Doo-Bop Song"   "Summer Madness" by Kool and the Gang and "La Di Da Di" by Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick 5:02
3. "Chocolate Chip" (Davis, Easy Mo Bee, Donald Hepburn) "Thanks For Everything" by Pleasure and "Bumpin' on Young Street" by Young-Holt Unlimited 4:41
4. "High Speed Chase" (Davis, Easy Mo Bee, Larry Mizell) "Street Lady" by Donald Byrd 4:40
Side two
No. Title ... Length
5. "Blow"     5:07
6. "Sonya"     5:32
7. "Fantasy"   "UFO" by ESG and "Love Pains" by Major Lance 4:38
8. "Duke Booty"   "Jungle Strut" by Gene Ammons and "I'm Your Boogie Man" by KC & the Sunshine Band 4:56
9. "Mystery (Reprise)"     1:26


  • Michael Benabib - photography
  • Daniel Beroff - engineer
  • Miles Davis - composer, primary artist, trumpet
  • Reginald Dozier - engineer
  • Easy Mo Bee - composer, guest artist, performer, primary artist, producer
  • Zane Giles - engineer
  • Randy Hall - engineer
  • Donald Hepburn - composer
  • J.R - performer, primary artist
  • Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, NYC - mastering
  • D'Anthony Johnson - engineer, mixing
  • Eric Lynch - engineer, mixing
  • Robin Lynch - art direction
  • John McGlain - engineer
  • Gordon Meltzer - associate producer, executive producer
  • Larry Mizell - composer
  • Bruce Moore - engineer
  • Matt Pierson - associate producer
  • Arthur Steuer - engineer
  • Kirk Yano - engineer
  • Deron Johnson - keyboards[5]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ a b Allmusic review
  2. ^ "A little taste of the bebop sound with the backdrop / Of doo-hop / And this is why we call it / The doo-bop," from The Doo-Bop Song
  3. ^ Miles Davis Community at Sony Music Entertainment.
  4. ^ Doo-Bop at Amazon.
  5. ^ George Cole (2007). The Last Miles: The Music of Miles Davis, 1980-1991. University of Michigan Press. p. 313-314.