Miles first album with Warner Bros saw him teaming up with his old bassist Marcus Miller. Miller, with the aid of synth programmers Jason Miles and Adam Holzman, created electronic orchestrations over which Miles added his magic sound. The title track is a classic and other highlights include the Spanish-tinged ballad “Portia,” the Prince-inspired funky “Full Nelson,” and “Don’t Lose Your Mind,” featuring an exciting solo from electric violinist Michal Urbaniak.
Excerpts from The Last Miles:
The Road to Tutu: Branford Marsalis on the controversy caused by his brother Wynton appearing uninvited on stage with Miles
“It was interesting thing when the bully got bested when Wynton walked on the stage in Vancouver and Miles cut off the band. People always said Miles Davis was the authority but the authority is the one that plays the most not what says the most and Miles cut the band off because Miles already knew what Wynton knew – Miles couldn’t play the trumpet anymore. And Miles wasn’t going to stand there and have Wynton tear him to shreds. But if Wynton was the punk he said he was, he should have played; it should have been easy.”
Tutu: Marcus Miller on the impact “Tutu” made in South Africa during the apartheid era
“I did ‘Tutu’ assuming it would be banned in South Africa and I didn’t realise that people would get hold of the stuff. They did and it meant a lot to them. A guy said to me ‘how does it feel to have made the most important African-American musical contribution to the cause?’ and that just capped the whole thing for me. I realised it had helped give people hope and it fortified people who were struggling for their freedom. It’s just unbelievable.”