DJ Logic / Jason Miles - Global Noize


Musical genius Jason Miles is well-known by his stellar albums such as  Celebrating the Music of Weather Report, a tribute to the seminal progressive jazz band of the ‘70s and early ‘80s, A Love Affair: The Music of Ivan Lins, a tribute to the Brazilian musician/composer of global stature, Maximum Grooves' Coast To Coast and of course his homage to Miles Davis Miles to Miles. Recent releases were What's Going On?, Jason's special view of Marvin Gaye's music and  Soul Summit - Can You Feel it, recorded Live at The Berks Jazz Festival. Jason was ready to listen to contemporary world music.

Jason Miles and DJ Logic had already performed on events like the Blue Note in NY and in Morocco at The Casablanca Jazz Festival. Miles shares, “We went through life-altering experiences. It was so new to us - mysterious, crazy and another view of the world. We both knew we had to make this project happen. The picture on the CD cover of the both of us with the camel in the desert says it all!”

The album is opened with A Jam 4 Joe, a track dedicated to the late Joe Zawinul. Indeed there is the ghost of Joe in the air. I would call it controlled chaos. Percussion maestro Cyro Baptista builds a propelling rhythm line, all other instruments orbit around this line in disordered vibrations. Above all the remarkable Indian vocal diva Falu.

DJ Logic introduces into Spice Island with his turntable scratches. Spherical bell sound, steel pan, deep bass and a baggage train of percussion gimmicks create the spicy island mood. Pot drums announce we arrived The Souk featuring the amazing harmonica player John Popper. As frontman of the rock band Blues Traveler he is known as one of the world best harmonica virtuosos.

On the cool breezy Bossa Nova Quero Dancar (I wanna dance with you) shine chanteuse Vanessa Fallabella, celebrated Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo and season jazz bassists James Genus. A very special guest musician appears on
Dar’abesque (named after the villa Miles and Logic inhabited in Marrakech), the great Herb Alpert and yes, the track sounds like Herb's Second Wind. “I knew that any musician who had imagination and a great musical voice would love to be a part of this. Herb just really brought the track to life," comments Jason. 

Bollyhood is the term for movies from Mumbai (Indian's Hollywood) and also describe the growing phenomenon of fusion music made up of Indian sounds, R&B and hip hop. The track features Indian singer Falu. Planetary Beat is an extensive funk tune with Karl Denson.  Karl Denson is a funk and jazz saxophonist, flutist and vocalist from San Diego, California. He was a member of Lenny Kravitz's band and has co-founded and led The Greyboy Allstars. Jason enjoys: “Having Karl Denson involved with this album made us happy because we knew there would be great playing, brilliant horn arrangements as well as fantastic compositions all at the same time.”

Featured trumpist on Exotic Thoughts is Christian Scott. Christian already released the albums  Rewind That and  Anthem on Concord Records. Pool of Honey is a tune on which especially shine tabla percussionist Suphala and sax/flute player Karl Denson. This tune would be brilliant in a long live version. Spin Cycle showcases anew young trumpet player Christian Scott in a bebop, fusion jazz tune. What I Know is featuring spoken word artist Aline Racine.

Every album of Jason Miles is a revelation. Jason is the conqueror of new sounds. A must for all music lovers who have kept their curiosity.





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  • Title: Global Noize
    Artists:  DJ Logic, Jason Miles
    Year: 2008
    Length: 0:50:46
    Genre: Chill Out / World Music
    Label: Shanachie Entertainment


    01 A Jam 4 Joe [5:28]
    02 Spice Island [5:01]
    03 The Souk [5:46]
    04 Quero Dancar [3:48]
    05 Dar'abesque [4:53]
    06 Bollyhood [1:47]
    07 Planetary Beat [5:00]
    08 Exotic Thoughts [5:45]
    09 Pool of Honey [4:54]
    10 Spin Cycle [5:12]
    11 What I Know [3:11]