Get Up with It

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Get Up With It
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Compilation album by
ReleasedNovember 22, 1974
RecordedMay 1970 - October 1974
StudioColumbia Studios B and E in New York City
ProducerTeo Macero
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Get Up with It is a compilation album by American jazz musician Miles Davis.[4] Released by Columbia Records on November 22, 1974, it compiled songs Davis had recorded in sessions between 1970 and 1974, including those for the studio albums Jack Johnson (1971) and On the Corner (1972).[5] In The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), J. D. Considine described the compilation's music as "worldbeat fusion".[2]


One track, "Honky Tonk," was recorded in 1970 with musicians such as John McLaughlin and Herbie Hancock. "Red China Blues" had been recorded in 1972 before On the Corner, while "Rated X" and "Billy Preston" were recorded later that year with the band heard on In Concert. The remaining tracks were from 1973 and 1974 sessions with his current band, including Pete Cosey.[6]

"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]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[9]
Alternative Press5/5[3]
MusicHound Jazz4/5[10]
Penguin Guide to Jazz3.5/4 stars[12]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[13]
The Village VoiceA−[14]

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".[15] 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."[14] 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."[16]

Alternative Press gave Get Up with It a rave review when it was reissued in 2000, calling 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".[3] 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."[17]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Miles Davis.

Side 1
No.TitleRecording dateLength
1."He Loved Him Madly"Jun 19, 197432:05
Side 2
2."Maiysha"October 7, 197414:49
3."Honky Tonk"May 19, 19705:54
4."Rated X"September 6, 19726:49
Side 3
5."Calypso Frelimo"Sep 17, 197332:10
Side 4
6."Red China Blues"March 9, 19724:10
7."Mtume"October 7, 197415:12
8."Billy Preston"December 8, 197212:35
  • The CD re-release merges sides one and two onto disc one and sides three and four onto disc two.



  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. ^ a b c "Review: Get Up with It". Alternative Press. Cleveland: 104–6. November 2000. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  4. ^ Lewis, Brittany (2016). "Robert Glasper & Erykah Badu Remake Miles Davis' "Maiysha (So Long)" (NEW MUSIC)". Global Grind. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  5. ^ Miles
  6. ^ Miles Ahead discography
  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. ^ Jurek, Thom (2011). "Get Up with It - Miles Davis | AllMusic". Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  10. ^ Holtje, Steve; Lee, Nancy Ann, eds. (1998). "Miles Davis". MusicHound Jazz: The Essential Album Guide. Music Sales Corporation. ISBN 0825672538.
  11. ^ "Miles Davis - Get Up With It review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Acclaimed Music - Get Up with It". Acclaimed Music. 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  13. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 58. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  14. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (April 7, 1975). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  15. ^ Davis, Stephen (2011). "Miles Davis: Get Up With It : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Archived from the original on February 17, 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  16. ^ Christgau 1981, p. 102.
  17. ^ Smith, Chris (2011). "Miles Davis - Get Up With It - On Second Thought - Stylus Magazine". Retrieved 2 August 2011.


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