The Man with the Horn

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The Man with the Horn
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Studio album by Miles Davis
Released July 1981
Recorded June 1, 1980–May 6, 1981 at Columbia Studio, New York
Genre Jazz-fusion, post-bop
Length 52:37 (LP) (CD)
Label Columbia
Producer Teo Macero
Miles Davis chronology
The Man with the Horn
We Want Miles
(1982)We Want Miles1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[2]

The Man with the Horn is an album released by Miles Davis in 1981, featuring drummer Al Foster, saxophonist Bill Evans, guitarists Mike Stern and Barry Finnerty, and others. It was Davis's first new release since 1975, following a six-year reclusive retirement.

Rock-oriented in nature, the music fuses 1980s pop with improvisational funk and fusion styles. The album marked Davis's return to his more traditional trumpet playing, although the title song "The Man with the Horn" features wah-wah improvisation along with vocals.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Miles Davis; except where indicated

  1. "Fat Time" - 9:56
  2. "Back Seat Betty" - 11:16
  3. "Shout" (Glenn Burris, Randy Hall, Robert Irving III) - 5:51
  4. "Aïda" - 8:12
  5. "The Man with the Horn" (Hall, Irving) - 6:35
  6. "Ursula" - 10:46


on "Shout" and "The Man with the Horn"


  • Produced by Teo Macero
  • Executive Producer: George Butler
  • Engineers: Stanley Tonkel (exc. 1), Don Puluse (1)
  • Remix Engineer: Don Puluse
  • Technical Adviser: Harold Tarowsky
  • Second Engineers: Nancy Byers, Ted Brosnan
  • Recorded and mixed at CBS Recording Studios, New York


  1. ^ Yarnow, Scott (2011). "The Man with the Horn - Miles Davis | AllMusic". Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 58. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.