The only live album from the 1980s released during Miles’s lifetime and one of the best of the era. Miles’s superb touring band of Mike Stern, Bill Evans, Marcus Miller, Al Foster and Mino Cinelu basically went on stage with little preparation and yet played with such strong cohesion. Miles was sick on tour, but that didn’t stop him from playing with much drama and passion. Teo Macero also did a great editing job. The best tracks are a rousing version of “Back Seat Betty,” a masterful re-working of “My Man’s Gone Now” from Porgy & Bess, and “Jean-Pierre,” which became Miles’s anthem of the 1980s.
Excerpt from The Last Miles:
We Want Miles: Mino Cinelu and Mike Stern on playing at Kix and Avery Fisher Hall
Mino Cinelu says. “Kix was some of the best nights. It was a very small club and we had that contact with the people – they were so close. At the time Miles wanted me to be right next to him on stage. He’d look at me and say ‘play Mino’ and I’d do a percussion solo every night. It was incredible. Plus we were really all carrying Miles, helping him, because his health wasn’t too good at the time.”
“Avery Fisher Hall is a lousy place to play for electric music – we should have never have been playing there at all,” says Mike Stern, “it’s more geared for strings and orchestra and you can hear the soft things. Otherwise most of the things get lost and it just sounds like a wash. I like to avoid that place whenever possible because it’s too live and you can’t really feel the kind of music Miles was playing.”