Miles to Miles

Producer/keyboardist Jason Miles, whose synthesizer programming was instrumental to Miles Davis' sonically adventurous 1986 album "Tutu," brings many of the top names in jazz together to create the so

Producer/keyboardist Jason Miles, whose synthesizer programming was instrumental to Miles Davis' sonically adventurous 1986 album "Tutu," brings many of the top names in jazz together to create the sounds Davis might have been making, were he alive today. As on recent tributes to Weather Report, Ivan Lins and Grover Washington Jr., Miles assembles an all-star cast, this time including Meshell Ndegeocello, Michael and Randy Brecker, Carter Beauford, Bernie Worrell and late saxophonist Bob Berg, featured on one of his last recordings, "Guerilla Jazz." Also prominent in this mix is DJ Logic. The result, punctuated by ample slap bass, turntable scratching and distorted guitars, is a soundscape reminiscent of "Tutu" in its forward-looking, genre-bending fusion. Though not a tribute album, a fitting highlight is Davis' "Flamenco Sketches," on which guitarist Marc Antoine and pianist Keiko Matsui offer breathtaking and beautiful accompaniment to Barry Danielian's trumpet solo.—CW