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Tutu is an album by American jazz trumpeter Miles Davis, released in 1986 by Warner Bros. Davis received the 1987 Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist Grammy Award for his performance on the album.
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Miles Davis biographer George Cole recalls the significance Tutu, regarded by many as Miles’ last major statement, and talks to his main collaborator on the album, Marcus Miller. When the Tutu album appeared in 1986, it divided both fans and critics: some loved it; others hated it. For some, Tutu heralded an exciting new direction for Miles’ music; but for others, it was a sell-out to commercialism and new technology. When you listen to Tutu it’s easy to see why it provoked such strong reactions: instead of recording the album with live instruments and a band, Miles recorded his trumpet parts.
The controversial but memorable Tutu is mostly a duet between Miles Davis and the many overdubbed instruments of producer Marcus Miller (although violinist Michal Urbaniak, percussionist Paulinho da Costa, and keyboardist George Duke are among the other musicians making brief apperaances). Certainly the results are not all that spontaneous, but Davis is in top form and some of the selections (most notably the title cut) are quite memorable.
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Get the Sheet Music License This Song. songfacts ®. Artistfacts ®. George Cole, author of The Last Miles: The Music of Miles Davis, 1980-1991, considers this a standout track from Davis' last decade. Writes Cole: "'Tutu' was written and largely performed by Marcus Miller, who had asked producer Tommy LiPuma if he could contribute some music to Miles's first album for his new label Warner Bros. Tutu' has got two terrific bass lines – one fretted, the other fretless - and makes imaginative use of synthesisers and drum machines. Miles plays beautifully on i. (For more on Miles Davis,read our interview with George Cole. More songs from Miles Davis. More songs from 1986. Miles Davis Artistfacts.
Miles Davis Band - Live Tutu (The Golden Age Of Jazz (It) JZCD 375). Miles Davis - Miles In Montreux (Jazz Door (G) JD 1235). Miles Davis - Live At Montreux Jazz Festival (Jazz Door (G) JD 1287/88). List of albums/singles by catalogue number: Miles Davis Catalog - album index.
From the mid-fifties to his death in the early nineties, Miles Davis was universally recognised as one of the most innovative musicians working in Jazz. This concert, filmed in Munich in 1987, followed the release of his Grammy Award winning album Tutu and the set list features two tracks from that record, the title track and "Portia", plus his unique arrangements of Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" and Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time".