A project sparked by discussion between visionary jazz producer/arranger Bob Belden and label owner Yusuf Gandhi regarding the Indian instrumentation used by Miles Davis on his classic 1972 fusion album On the Corner, Miles from India is devoted to re-imagining Davis’ music by a full ensemble of Indian musicians.
Mastermind behind the seminal Miles Davis reissue series from the Columbia vault, Belden assembled a staggering collection of Davis alumni including Jimmy Cobb, Chick Corea, Ron Carter, John McLaughlin, Gary Bartz, Mike Stern, and David Liebman as well as master Indian musicians Louiz Banks, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Rakesh Chaurasia, and Ranjit Barot to perform on the self-titled 2008 Times Square album – a critical and commercial smash that made the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top Jazz Albums chart upon its release. Now, over a year since Belden’s passing, a fresh assemblage of Miles collaborators and major Indian musicians comes together to explore the rich trove of the Miles Davis songbook, from Kind of Blue to Bitches Brew, and pay homage to legacy of Bob Belden.
John Beasley keyboards
Alphonso Johnson bass
Vince Wilburn drums
Taku Hirano percussion & Indian dhol
Javon Jackson saxophones
Tim Hagans trumpet
Rez Abbasi guitars
Salar Nader tabla
Raman Kalyan Indian bamboo flute