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Wednesday, August 11, 1999

Review - Panthalassa -- The Remixes

Artist: Miles Davis/Various DJs

Posted on Wed, Aug 11, 1999 at 4:00 AM

One of last year's overlooked CDs was "Panthalassa: The Music of Miles Davis, 1969-1974," producer Bill Laswell's remix project of Davis' electric jazz period. Laswell reconstructed tunes from albums such as "In a Silent Way" and "On the Corner," classics that shot jazz out of smoky clubs and into large concert arenas. Though not very popular at the time, this era has resoundly influenced everything from fusion to hip-hop, ambient and post-rock.

"Panthalassa -- The Remixes" are interpretations by various DJs of Laswell's initial project, and, unfortunately, the results are hit-or-miss. Remixes by DJ Cam, and King Britt & Philip Charles merely project Miles' quiet, passionately infused horn against down-tempo hip-hop beats and annoying, repetitious samples. Laswell does little to improve upon his previous mix of "On the Corner." Jamie Myerson drops the trumpet from the mix entirely, focusing on the electric piano and organ from Miles' incredible backing band on "Rated X." The star track belongs to DJ Krush, whose remix of "Black Satin/On the Corner" fuses old-school beats with echoing samples, and is available only on the vinyl version.


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