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Unheard Miles Davis studio album set for release

Rubberband is released on Rhino/Warner records, 60 years after Kind Of Blue

A previously unheard Miles Davis album is set for release in September. It was recorded in October 1985, the year that Davis left Columbia Records to join Warner Bros Records. Davis began recording Rubberband in Los Angeles at Ameraycan Studios with producers Randy Hall and Zane Giles. Planned vocalists set to appear included Al Jarreau and Chaka Khan, however the album was shelved and its tracked remained untouched for over 30 years. The following year Davis would release Tutu.

Last year a four-track EP of the same name was put out on Record Store Day. This September however will see the full 11-track LP released on CD, LP and digitally. It was finished by the original producers Hall and Giles and Davis’ nephew Vince Wilburn Jr who also played drums on the original session recordings. New vocals have been recorded by Lalah Hathaway and Ledisi.

Album artwork By Miles Davis

Davis plays both trumpet and keyboards on the album and is joined by keyboardists Adam Holzman, Neil Larsen and Wayne Linsey, percussionist Steve Reid, saxophonist Glen Burris, and Vince Wilburn Jr on drums.

Listen to “Rubberband Of Life” featuring Ledisi on Spotify.

Rubberband is released on 6 September on Rhino/Warner. It will include liner notes from The Last Miles writer George Cole.