‘Doo-Bop’ by Miles Davis (Tomtit Music Reviews 2)

The greatest trumpeter ever meets hip-hop

J.P. Williams
1 min readJan 11, 2023
Illustration by author.

Speaking of Miles Davis, Doo-Bop (1992, Warner Bros.) is underrated. Davis was 65 when he collaborated with rapper and hip-hop producer Easy Mo Bee in search of a new bop. For the most part, it’s laidback. Davis scatters licks like he has a surplus, and Easy Mo Bee, while no rap god, is something better: lucid. “High Speed Chase” stands out for reaching, according to Musicstax, 136 beats per minute, cruising along like other early-Nineties cookers. See Salt-N-Pepa’s “Swift.” Even the cover photo by Annie Leibovitz is striking. Sadly, Davis passed away during production. Bots will never continue his work, because they rely on extant compositions, whereas the man himself was innovative: creatio ex anima.

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J.P. Williams

I write about the intersection of arts and ideas. Maybe some short book reviews for a while.