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Thursday, 2 July 2009

Desert Island Dicks — "Bring Me the Head of Miles Davis and Other Jazz Luminaries" (GC008/AMP003)

Desert Island Dicks are an arcane international noise collective who have released numerable musical recordings of various styles. Little is known about their number or demographics, but acknowledged compositional influences include BBC Radio 4; hip-hop; strong coffee; The Conet Project; '60s jazz avant-garde: Coleman, Cherry, Taylor, Dolphy, Ra; John Zorn; The Evolution Control Committee; Zappa; The Fall; Metal Machine Music; Cassetteboy; Futurism; Dada; Reich; Cage; Penderecki; The KLF; John Watermann; WFMU.

Their first known full-length, Bring Me the Head of Miles Davis and Other Jazz Luminaries, sometimes abbreviated to BMtHoMDaOJL, was jointly released in 2007 by Britain's Amoebic Productions and Australia's Glitch City. The album consists of time-compressed versions of three well-known albums by Miles Davis, namely 1969's Bitches' Brew, 1959's Kind of Blue and 1960's Sketches of Spain. Each track on each of the source albums is condensed from its original length to one of ninety seconds, compressing each at an individual ratio relative to its original length. The effect produced has been described as "ironically guidelined free jazz", (Ingus Lovecharts, Modern Jazz: Reflections, pp. 172–4), as "massively compressed, like a shot of Turkish coffee... [a] formula [that] isn't always going to be entirely successful... [b]ut when it works, it can sometimes shock you into hearing the original in something of a new light", and as "either... total win or total fail, but probably the latter".

Despite the title's "Other Jazz Luminaries" appendage, only albums by Miles Davis are in fact processed.

Track listing
All tracks by Davis/Dicks, except where noted.
  1. "Pharaoh's Dance" (Joe Zawinul, Dicks) – 1:30
  2. "Bitches Brew" – 1:30
  3. "Spanish Key" – 1:30
  4. "John McLaughlin" – 1:30
  5. "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down" – 1:30
  6. "Sanctuary" (Wayne Shorter, Dicks) – 1:30
  7. "Feio" (Shorter, Dicks) – 1:30
  8. "So What" – 1:30
  9. "Freddie Freeloader" – 1:30
  10. "Blue in Green" – 1:30
  11. "All Blues" – 1:30
  12. "Flamenco Sketches" – 1:30
  13. "Flamenco Sketches (alternate take)" – 1:30
  14. "Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio)" – 1:30
  15. "Will o' the Wisp" – 1:30
  16. "The Pan Piper" – 1:30
  17. "Saeta" – 1:30
  18. "Solea" – 1:30
  19. "Song of Our Country" – 1:30
  20. "Concierto de Aranjuez (Part One)" – 1:30
  21. "Concierto de Aranjuez (Part Two Ending)" – 1:30

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