Miles Davis’ long-shelved album ‘Rubberband’ is out now

    A trumpet the jazz icon designed and played is also bound for auction.

    Miles Davis performing at Amnesty International Concert in New Jersey in 1986
    Miles Davis performing in 1986. Image: Ebet Roberts/Redferns via Getty Images

    Miles Davis’ previously vaulted album Rubberband has finally been completed and released after 34 long years.

    The sessions for Rubberband began in 1985, a turbulent year for the trumpeter who’d stepped away from his longtime home at Columbia Records and signed with Warner Bros. Tommy LiPuma, a jazz exec at Davis’ new label, advised a change of direction for the trumpeter, culminating in a new run of demos with bassist Marcus Miller that served as the foundation of 1986’s Tutu.

    The results of the Rubberband sessions were shelved, until they were completed in 2017 by the album’s original producers Randy Hall and Zane Giles as well as Davis’ nephew Vince Wilburn, Jr. The record was finished with the help of guest vocalists Ledisi, Lalah Hathaway and Medina Johnson. Some songs were released as an EP for Record Store Day last year, and the full-length was announced in June.

    Rubberband arrives just as one of Davis’ iconic trumpets heads to the auction block at Christie’s. The blue ‘Moon and Stars’-inscribed instrument, which the jazz icon both designed and played, is expected to fetch between $70,000 to $100,000 next month.

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