A look at many of the major personal and musical events from Miles’s final years
January: Miles completes You’re Under Arrest recording sessions.
January 31 – February 4: Miles is in Copenhagen recording the Aura album. Columbia Records refuse to release the album, which greatly upsets Miles.
April: Vince Wilburn Jr replaces Al Foster in Miles’s band.
May/June: Miles signs contracts with the Warner Bros and Warner Chappell Music.
July 14: Miles plays at The Montreux Jazz Festival.
July 28: John Scofield and Darryl Jones leave the band.
August: Mike Stern rejoins the band. Marilyn Mazur joins Miles’s band – the first (and only) female to do so.
Marilyn Mazur Photo © and courtesy Marilyn Mazur
Autumn: You’re Under Arrest is released and sells 100,000 copies within weeks.
c Autumn 1985 Miles records with Artists United Against Apartheid.
September 23/24: Miles’s first recording sessions as a Warner Bros artist. He starts working with new producer Tommy LiPuma.
Autumn: records music for Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode with Robert Irving III and percussionist Steve Reid.
October 17: Starts recording Rubberband album sessions.
October 24: Adam Holzman joins the band as second keyboardist. Miles tours Europe.
Adam Holzman Photo by Rex Miller. Photo courtesy and © Adam Holzman
c. Late autumn 1985: Miles records “Don’t Stop Me Now” with Toto.
November 8: Miles appears as a pimp in a TV episode of Miami Vice:” Junk Love”.
December 7: Miles meets Prince for the first time at LA airport.
December 26/27: Prince records a track for Miles: “Can I Play With U?”