Star People

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Star People
Miles Davis Star People.jpg
Studio album by Miles Davis
Released 1983
Recorded August 11, 1982 – February 3, 1983
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 58:54
Label Columbia
Producer Teo Macero
Miles Davis chronology
We Want Miles
(1982)
Star People
(1983)
Decoy
(1984)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[3]

Star People is a 1983 album recorded by Miles Davis and issued by Columbia Records. It is the third release after the trumpeter's six-year hiatus. Beside the members of the band of We Want Miles the recordings feature John Scofield for the first time, who worked alongside Mike Stern in Davis's band in late 1982 and early 1983 before Stern's departure later in the year. Scofield was recommended by saxophonist Bill Evans. Marcus Miller played on five of the six tracks, but was replaced by Tom Barney on the most recent track of the album, "Speak", a live recording from February 1983 in Houston. Barney would be replaced later in 1983 by Darryl Jones. Al Foster and Mino Cinelu are heard on drums and percussion. Miles Davis plays trumpet and Oberheim synthesizer often at the same time (without using overdubs), and also on separately recorded interludes for the over 18-minute-long blues "Star People".[4] The album has also become part of the box set Miles Davis: The Complete Columbia Album Collection.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Miles Davis

  1. "Come Get It" – 11:01
  2. "It Gets Better" – 10:07
  3. "Speak" – 8:28
  4. "Star People" – 18:46
  5. "U'N'I" – 5:55
  6. "Star on Cicely" – 4:26

Track 1: Recorded August 28, 1982 live at Jones Beach Theatre, New York.
Track 2: Recorded January 5, 1983 at Record Plant Studio, New York.
Track 3: Recorded February 3, 1983 live at Cullen Auditorium, University of Houston, Houston.
Tracks 4 & 5: Recorded September 1, 1982 at Columbia Studio B, New York.
Track 6: Recorded August 11, 1982 at Columbia Studio B, New York.

Personnel[edit]

Miles Davis – trumpet, keyboards

Production
  • Don Puluse – recording and remix engineer at CBS Studios
  • Jay Messina – recording engineer at Record Plant
  • Lou Schlossberg, Ken Robertson, Harold Tarowski, Bill Messina – engineers
  • Teo Macero – producer
  • Dr George Butler – executive producer
  • Miles Davis – "all drawings, color concepts and basic attitudes"
  • Janet Kerr – cover design
  • John Berg – Art direction
  • Leonard Feather – liner notes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yanow, Scott (2011). "Star People – Miles Davis | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "CG: Miles Davis". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 58. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  4. ^ Cf. album liner notes by Leonard Feather.
  5. ^ Only mentioned in the liner notes as co-arranger and consultant to Davis, Feather citing Davis; not in the actual credits to the album.