Get Up with It

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Get Up with It
Compilation album by
ReleasedNovember 22, 1974
RecordedMay 19, 1970 – October 7, 1974
StudioColumbia 30th Street, New York City
ProducerTeo Macero
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Get Up with It is a compilation album[4] by American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer Miles Davis. 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]


"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."[6] British musician Brian Eno cited it as an influence on his work in ambient music in the liner notes to his 1982 release On Land.[7]

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.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Alternative Press5/5[3]
Christgau's Record GuideA−[10]
MusicHound Jazz4/5[11]
Penguin Guide to Jazz[13]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[14]
Tom Hull – on the WebA−[15]
The Village VoiceA−[16]

Reviewing for Rolling Stone in 1975, Stephen Davis applauded Davis' adventurousness and direction of his rhythm band, who he called a "who's who of Seventies jazz-rock".[17] The same year, Robert Christgau wrote in The Village Voice that although Davis' recent albums have sounded slapdash with "noodling over a pick-up rhythm section," Get Up with It is still listenable "since it contains over two hours of what sometimes sounds like bullshit: it's not exactly music to fill the mind. Just the room."[16] Years later in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), he said 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]

For the album's 2000 reissue, Alternative Press published a review 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 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."[18] Andy Beta of Pitchfork described Get Up with It as a "black funk dreamscape" and observed that "Each song careens between extremes, as Miles presages everything still to come: ambient, no wave, world beat, jungle, new jack swing, post-rock, even hinting at the future sound of R&B and chart-topping pop". He praised Davis' adoption of the electric organ for opening up new avenues of musical expression, remarking that "Rather than run the voodoo down, now Miles could conjure it all by himself".[19]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Miles Davis.

Side one
No.TitleRecording dateLength
1."He Loved Him Madly"June 19, 197432:13
Side two
No.TitleRecording dateLength
1."Maiysha"October 7, 197414:52
2."Honky Tonk"May 19, 19705:54
3."Rated X"September 6, 19726:50
Side three
No.TitleRecording dateLength
1."Calypso Frelimo"September 17, 197332:07
Side four
No.TitleRecording dateLength
1."Red China Blues"March 9, 19724:10
2."Mtume"October 7, 197415:08
3."Billy Preston"December 8, 197212:35
Total length:122:05



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  2. ^ a b c Rolling Stone 2004
  3. ^ a b c "Review: Get Up with It". Alternative Press. Cleveland. November 2000. pp. 104–6.
  4. ^ "Miles Davis: The Complete On the Corner Sessions". Signal to Noise. No. 48–51. Signal to Noise New Music Foundation. 2008. p. 62. Retrieved November 15, 2019 – via Google Books. ...a sprawling double LP compilation, Get Up with It.
  5. ^ Miles
  6. ^ Tate, Greg (September 1997). "Voodoo Ray Gun". Vibe. New York: 90. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
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  8. ^ Miles Ahead discography
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  10. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: D". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 26, 2019 – via
  11. ^ Holtje, Steve; Lee, Nancy Ann, eds. (1998). "Miles Davis". MusicHound Jazz: The Essential Album Guide. Music Sales Corporation. ISBN 0825672538.
  12. ^ "Miles Davis - Get Up With It review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  13. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2006). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. Penguin Books. p. 329.
  14. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 58. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  15. ^ Hull, Tom (n.d.). "Grade List: Miles Davis". Tom Hull – on the Web. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  16. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (April 7, 1975). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  17. ^ Davis, Stephen (2011). "Miles Davis: Get Up With It : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on February 17, 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  18. ^ Smith, Chris (2011). "Miles Davis - Get Up With It - On Second Thought - Stylus Magazine". Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  19. ^ "Miles Davis - Get Up With It review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 11 March 2018.

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