this concert gives one a chance to catch davis' live 80s material before a diversion that included more pop tunes. davis strong playing indicated a measure of increased health, possibly due relationship with cicely tyson who may have influenced a healthier lifestyle. the band is bill evans , john scofield, darryl jones, al foster , minu cinelu and bobby irving. the centerpiece of this set are three tracks that return davis to the blues. it has been said that if one wanted to be in davis' touring bands, they had better be able to defend themselves, musically, on a blues track. the melodies from "star people", "it gets better" and "thats right" stay in your head, long after being heard. the set features excellent live versions of "speak", "hopscotch" and "star on cicely" with davis conducting the band from behind a bank of keyboards that he often played simultaneously with his trumpet.
the magnificent runs he plays on the horn would not be heard nearly as often afterwards as the band changed directions to more straight up funk and pop tune covers. one wonders what brought on this change of direction. could it have been caused by friction that developed with columbia records over publishing royalties or was it simply davis' habit to become bored with a band that he has taken to their highest pinnacle of musical acheivement, causing him to look for a different sound. i dont know but believe these are questions worthy of further exploration
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