Miles Electric

Miles Electric

Some stellar fusion-era Miles Davis alumni come together in the Miles Electric Band, a rocking 11-piece improvising band specializing in the wired-up and funky music Davis created from the late 1960s to the ‘80s. Led by the legendary trumpeter’s nephew, drummer Vincent Wilburn, Jr., the band features many of the commanding musicians Davis tapped for his various jazz-rock ensembles, among them bassist Darryl Jones – who later played with Sting and currently performs with the Rolling Stones – pianist John Beasley, keyboardist Robert Irving III, percussionist Mino Cinelu, Indian tabla master Badal Roy and P-Funk guitarist Blackbyrd McKnight. Others in the band include saxophone ace Antoine Roney, DJ Logic on turntables, and the splendid Trinidad-born, Julliard-educated trumpeter Etienne Charles, playing Davis’ parts, his way, on pieces from Jack Johnson, In a Silent Way and other classics. “A daring improviser, Charles also delivers with heart-wrenching lyricism,” wrote Jazz Times about the trumpeter, who, in the words of The New York Times, has “an almost classical sense of thematic organization.”

Artist Personnel

Etienne Charles trumpet
Antoine Roney alto saxophone
John Beasley keyboards
Blackbyrd McKnight guitar
Darryl Jones bass
Vincent Wilburn Jr. drums
Badal Roy tabla
Mino Cinelu percussion
Munyungo Jackson percussion
DJ Logic turntables

"Everyone rocked and socked, and it wasn’t nostalgic in the least. " — Daily Variety
"The Miles Electric Band, [performing] material from Davis' festival-friendly 1969-74 period… quickly pumped up a party vibe. " — Los Angeles Times