Rubberband, an album Miles Davis started and shelved in the mid-’80s, has finally been completed and will be released later this year.
The album was completed by two of its original producers, Randy Hall and Zane Giles, and Davis’ nephew, Vince Wilburn Jr, who’d drummed on the album sessions in the ’80s. It will be released September 6 via Rhino.
Rubberband was recorded in Los Angeles between October 1985 and January 1986. It was supposed to be Davis’ debut on Warner Bros Records, the label he signed with after 30 years with Columbia Records—a jump that coincided with a creative and stylistic shift for the legendary trumpeter. Davis’ first album for Warner ended up being 1986’s Tutu.
“[Rubberband] was fat grooves, really funky, Miles talking,” Hall said of the album. “It was street and funky and dirty. We didn’t go after writing a great jazz song, Miles wanted the street thing; he wanted the chord changes he wanted to play. The basis was to take it to the street like On the Corner, it was Miles taking more chances.”
The world got a taste of what it missed out on when Rhino released the Rubberband EP last year for Record Store Day. The EP featured both the original version of “Rubberband” and an updated iteration featuring soul singer Ledisi, titled “Rubberband of Life.”
Get a sense of what you can expect from the album by streaming the EP below: