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ReleasedJune 30, 1992
RecordedJanuary 19 – February 1991
StudioUnique Recording Studios, New York City
GenreAcid jazz, jazz rap[1]
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerEasy Mo Bee
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Doo-Bop is the last studio album by American jazz trumpeter Miles Davis. It was recorded with hip hop producer Easy Mo Bee and released posthumously on June 30, 1992, by Warner Bros. Records. The album was received unfavorably by most critics, although it won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance the following year.


The project stemmed from Davis sitting in his New York City 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's collaboration with Easy Mo Bee.

At the time of Davis's death in 1991, only six pieces for the album had been completed.[2] Easy Mo Bee was asked by Warner Bros. to take some of the unreleased trumpet performances (stemming from the unreleased 1985 album Rubberband, which was later released as an album in 2019), and build tracks that Davis "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.[3]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[5]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[6]
Los Angeles Times[7]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings [10]
(The New) Rolling Stone Album Guide[9]

The title is a play on words on the two musical genres Doo-Wop and Be-Bop. Doo-Bop was released by Warner Bros. Records on June 30, 1992.[11] By May 1993, it had sold approximately 300,000 copies worldwide.[4] The album received negative reviews from most critics.[12] Greg Tate called it an "inconsequential" jazz-rap record from Davis,[13] while Billboard found the R&B-based album to not be "quite cut as deeply" as his 1970s funk recordings.[14] In Entertainment Weekly, Greg Sandow wrote that Davis's solos were performed with "impeccable logic and wistful finesse" but accompanied by hackneyed guest raps and unadventurous hip hop beats, which reduced Doo-Bop to "elegant aural wallpaper".[6] Los Angeles Times critic Don Snowden believed the album "succeeded only in fits and starts" because of Davis's first time working with hip hop tracks, "the rigidity" of which Snowden felt often reduced his "muted-laced-with-echo trumpet to just another instrumental color in the mix".[7] Richard Williams from The Independent viewed the tracks as a regression from the ambient-inflected Tutu (1986) album as they inspired trumpet improvisations from Davis which displayed "a rhythmic banality that was never remotely discernible in Miles's pre-electric playing".[15]

In a positive review, Q called Doo-Bop "a collector's piece ... as hip, sexy, open and complex as the best of his work since he elected to turn to FM airplay music in the 1980s".[8] Musician considered it a pleasant hip hop album and an accessible introduction to Davis's music for "younger ears weaned on modern beats".[16] In DownBeat, Robin Tolleson wrote that Davis sounded less timid than on previous few records as "his phrasing and concept adapt sharply from tune to tune".[4] Doo-Bop won the 1993 Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance.[17]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Mystery" 3:56
2."The Doo-Bop Song" 5:02
3."Chocolate Chip"Davis, Easy Mo Bee, Donald Hepburn4:41
4."High Speed Chase"Davis, Easy Mo Bee, Larry Mizell4:40
Side two
8."Duke Booty"4:56
9."Mystery (Reprise)"1:26


Credits are adapted from The Last Miles (2007) by George Cole.[18]

  • Miles Davis – trumpet
  • Deron Johnson – keyboards
  • J.R – performer
  • A.B. Money – performer


  • Easy Mo Bee – producer
  • Matt Pierson – associate producer
  • Gordon Meltzer – associate executive producer
  • Daniel Beroff – engineer
  • Reginald Dozier – engineer
  • Zane Giles – engineer
  • Randy Hall – engineer
  • John McGlain – engineer
  • Bruce Moore – engineer
  • Arthur Steuer – engineer
  • Kirk Yano – engineer
  • D'Anthony Johnson – engineer, mixing
  • Eric Lynch – engineer, mixing
  • Ted Jensen – mastering
  • Rodney Lucas – technical Services
  • Faith Newman – production services
  • Linda Burke – production services
  • Robin Lynch – art direction
  • Annie Leibovitz – photography
  • Michael Benabib – photography


Chart (1992)[19] Peak
American Albums Chart 190
American Jazz Albums Chart 1
American R&B Albums Chart 28

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Germany (BVMI)[20] Gold 10,000^
United States 276,000[21]
Worldwide 300,000[4]

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ Aldrich, Steve. "Doo-Bop". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  2. ^ Miles Davis Community at Sony Music Entertainment.
  3. ^ a b AllMusic review
  4. ^ a b c d Alkyer, Frank; Enright, Ed; Koransky, Jason, eds. (2007). The Miles Davis Reader. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 160, 310–11. ISBN 978-1-4234-3076-6.
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). "Miles Davis". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0857125958.
  6. ^ a b Sandow, Greg (August 21, 1992). "Doo-Bop". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Snowden, Don (July 26, 1992). "Miles Davis Leaves a Hip-Hop Finale". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  8. ^ a b Q: 70. September 1992.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  9. ^ Considine, J. D. (2004). "Miles Davis". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). (The New) Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 215, 219. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  10. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 352. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  11. ^ Britt, Bruce (June 18, 1992). "Miles Davis's 'Hip-bop' Disc Due June 30". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  12. ^ Freeman, Phil (October 29, 2014). "Miles Davis Albums From Worst To Best". Stereogum. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  13. ^ Tate, Greg (2012). "Tutu and Farewell 1986-1991". Miles Davis: The Complete Illustrated History. MBI Publishing Company. p. 200. ISBN 9781610586825. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  14. ^ Newman, Melinda; Morris, Chris; Morris, Edward, eds. (July 18, 1992). "Album Reviews". Billboard: 48. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  15. ^ Williams, Richard (July 25, 1992). "Jazz: Miles Davis- Doo-Bop". The Independent. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  16. ^ "June 1992". Musician: 96.
  17. ^ "THE 35TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS : Winners in Other Grammy Categories". Los Angeles Times. February 25, 1993. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  18. ^ George Cole (2007). The Last Miles: The Music of Miles Davis, 1980-1991. University of Michigan Press. pp. 313–314, 509. ISBN 978-0472032600.
  19. ^ "Doo-Bop: Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  20. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Miles Davis; 'Doo Bop')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  21. ^ Cwik, Greg (September 25, 2015). "Understanding Miles Davis, in 9 Parts". Vulture. Retrieved June 15, 2020.

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