Miles Davis ‎– Jack Johnson - Original Soundtrack Recording

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A Tribute to Jack Johnson is a studio album by American jazz musician Miles Davis, released February 24, 1971 on Columbia Records. It also serves as the soundtrack for a documentary by Bill Cayton about the heavyweight world champion boxer Jack Johnson.

The first major recording session for the album, which took place on April 7, 1970, was almost accidental: John McLaughlin, awaiting Miles's arrival, began improvising riffs on his guitar, and was shortly joined by Michael Henderson and Billy Cobham. Meanwhile, the producers brought in Herbie Hancock, who had been passing through the building on unrelated business, to play the Farfisa organ. Miles arrived at last and began his solo at about 2:19 on the first track.

The album's two long tracks were assembled in the editing room by producer Teo Macero. "Right Off" is constructed from several takes and a solo by Davis recorded in November 1969. It contains a riff from Sly and the Family Stone's "Sing a Simple Song". Much of the track "Yesternow" is built around a slightly modified version of the bassline from the James Brown song "Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud"; this may be a deliberate allusion to the song's Black Power theme as it relates to the film's subject. "Yesternow" also incorporates a brief excerpt of "Shhh/Peaceful" from Davis's 1969 album In a Silent Way and a 10-minute section comprising several takes of the tune "Willie Nelson" from a session on 18 February 1970.

Tracklist

Right Off 26:54
Yesternow 25:36

Versions (50)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
S 30455 Miles Davis Jack Johnson - Original Soundtrack Recording(LP, Album) Columbia Masterworks S 30455 US 1971 Sell This Version
S 30455 Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson(LP, Album) Columbia Masterworks S 30455 Canada 1971 Sell This Version
CBS 70216 Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson(LP, Album) CBS CBS 70216 Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
SBP 233937 Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson(LP, Album) CBS SBP 233937 Australia 1971 Sell This Version
KC 30455 Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson(LP, Album) Columbia KC 30455 Canada 1971 Sell This Version
KC 30455, 30455 Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson(LP, Album, RE) Columbia, Columbia KC 30455, 30455 US 1971 Sell This Version
KC 30455 Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson(LP, Album, RE) Columbia KC 30455 US 1971 Sell This Version
WCK 30455, KC 30455 Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson(LP, Album, RE) Columbia, Columbia WCK 30455, KC 30455 Canada 1971 Sell This Version
KC 30455 Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson(LP, Album, RE) Columbia KC 30455 US 1971 Sell This Version
KC 30455 Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson(LP, Album, RE) Columbia KC 30455 Canada 1971 Sell This Version
KC 30455, 30455 Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson(LP, Album, RE, RP) Columbia, Columbia KC 30455, 30455 US 1971 Sell This Version
SOPC 57110, SOPC-57110 Miles Davis Jack Johnson - Original Soundtrack Recording(LP, Album) CBS/Sony, CBS/Sony SOPC 57110, SOPC-57110 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
S 30455 Miles Davis Jack Johnson - Original Soundtrack Recording(LP, Album) Columbia Masterworks S 30455 US 1971 Sell This Version
SOPC 57110, SOPC-57110 Miles Davis Jack Johnson - Original Soundtrack Recording(LP, Album, Promo) CBS/Sony, CBS/Sony SOPC 57110, SOPC-57110 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
SR 30455 Miles Davis Jack Johnson - Original Soundtrack Recording(Reel, Album, 7" Reel, 4tr Stereo) Columbia SR 30455 US 1971 Sell This Version
S 70089 Miles Davis Jack Johnson(LP, Album) CBS S 70089 Italy 1971 Sell This Version
S 70089 Miles Davis Jack Johnson(LP, Album) CBS S 70089 UK 1971 Sell This Version
S 70089 Miles Davis Jack Johnson(LP, Album) CBS S 70089 Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
CR 30455 Miles Davis Jack Johnson(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel) Columbia CR 30455 US 1971 Sell This Version
SOPN 99, SOPN-99 Miles Davis Jack Johnson - Original Soundtrack Recording(LP, Album, RE) CBS/Sony, CBS/Sony SOPN 99, SOPN-99 Japan 1974 Sell This Version
PC 30455, KC 30455, 30455 Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson(LP, Album, RE) Columbia, Columbia, Columbia PC 30455, KC 30455, 30455 US 1977 Sell This Version
PC 30455, 30455 Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson(LP, Album, RE) Columbia, Columbia PC 30455, 30455 US 1977 Sell This Version
20AP 1405 Miles Davis Jack Johnson - Original Soundtrack Recording(LP, Album, RE) CBS/Sony 20AP 1405 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
32DP 709 Miles Davis Jack Johnson - Original Soundtrack Recording(CD, Album, RE) CBS/Sony 32DP 709 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
CSCS 5153 Miles Davis Jack Johnson - Original Soundtrack Recording(CD, Album, RE) CBS/Sony CSCS 5153 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
CK 47036 Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Legacy CK 47036 US 1992 Sell This Version
471003 2 Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Legacy 471003 2 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
SRCS 9120 Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Sony Records SRCS 9120 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
SRGS 4504 Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson(SACD, Album, RE, RM) SME Records SRGS 4504 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
SRCS 9718 Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) SME Records SRCS 9718 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
SICP 838 Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson(CD, Album) Sony Music Japan International Inc. SICP 838 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
2 519264 Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Legacy 2 519264 Argentina 2005 Sell This Version
COL 519264 2, 5192642001 Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Legacy, Columbia, Legacy COL 519264 2, 5192642001 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
CK 93599 Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Legacy CK 93599 US 2005 Sell This Version
COL 519264 2, 5192642001 Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson(HDCD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Legacy, Columbia, Legacy COL 519264 2, 5192642001 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
2 093599 Miles Davis Jack Johnson - Original Soundtrack Recording(CD, Album, RE) Sony BMG Music Entertainment 2 093599 Brazil 2005 Sell This Version
SICP 1222 Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, DSD) Sony Records Int'l SICP 1222 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
5188756 Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson(CD, Album, RE) Jazz Heritage 5188756 US 2008 Sell This Version
SICP 30269 Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson(CD, Album, RE, RM, Blu) Columbia SICP 30269 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
SICP-30269 Miles Davis Jack Johnson - Original Soundtrack Recording(CD, Album, Blu) Legacy SICP-30269 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
MFSL 1-440 Miles Davis Jack Johnson - Original Soundtrack Recording(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RM, 180) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-440 US 2015 Sell This Version
CK 47036 Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Legacy CK 47036 US Unknown Sell This Version
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471003 2 Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Columbia, Legacy 471003 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
PC 30455, 30455 Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson(LP) Columbia, Columbia PC 30455, 30455 US Unknown Sell This Version
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PC 30455 Miles Davis A Tribute To Jack Johnson(LP, Album) Columbia PC 30455 USA & Canada Unknown Sell This Version
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PC 30455 Miles Davis Jack Johnson - Original Soundtrack Recording(LP, Album, RE) Columbia PC 30455 US Unknown Sell This Version

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kyl2113

kyl2113

July 26, 2016
referencing Jack Johnson - Original Soundtrack Recording, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RM, 180, MFSL 1-440
The sound on this MOFI vinyl version is freaking crazy. NICE!
shunt909

shunt909

February 26, 2016
referencing Jack Johnson - Original Soundtrack Recording, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RM, 180, MFSL 1-440
39 years old and 1st ever listen to this album. I am BLOWN AWAY. Get this!
bscrawler

bscrawler

January 25, 2015
referencing A Tribute To Jack Johnson, LP, Album, RE, KC 30455
To avoid any possible confusion for potential buyers,the 2 eye label shown here is from a Canadian pressing. The 2 eye labels use was stopped in US pressings around this time and switched to the red/gold circular Columbia text ones. Canada continued use of the 2 eye labels a bit longer.
best_uk_pressing

best_uk_pressing

March 9, 2012
referencing Jack Johnson, LP, Album, S 70089
this uk pressing comes with a miles davis poster (photo of him as a boxer on ring)
markjazz

markjazz

June 1, 2008
referencing A Tribute To Jack Johnson, CD, Album, RE, RM, CK 93599
This is such a great listen and it's one of my favorite Miles Davis albums. The two tracks both top over 25 minutes making them some of the best long jazz tracks I've ever heard as well. They almost verge on Modal-Funk and don't sound as funky as say the material on Bitches Brew. Not that that's bad but the music is more relaxing and less chaotic then some of his other fusion albums. Right Off is more of a faster paced track then Yesternow and the editing is really tight and the use of effects at certain points makes the experimental side of this album even more rewarding. After hearing this I would love to grab the boxset now. Is there any jazz genre Miles Davis hasn't perfected?
jussumen

jussumen

January 22, 2007
edited over 9 years ago
referencing A Tribute To Jack Johnson, LP, Album, RE, PC 30455, 30455

Electrifying performance by half a dozwn of the finest and most gifted musicians to ever play any of the involved instruments - Herbie Hancock on Hammond Organ, Billy Cobham on Drums, John McLaughlin on that eectrifying Lead Guitar and The Don himself the one and only 'Mr. Cool' Miles Davis in a session as energetic as anyting ever released. i am usually not the guy to use headphones to listen to great music, since i have the possibility to play my music LOUD at home. But this music cries for a volume that you simply cannot play out in a normal residential aerea !
The whole theme cruises around a Documetary movie about the Life of a black Boxer, Miles admired. The Producer was the experienced Teo Macero and the whole recording process only took an hour . The Band was already improvising ; John McLaughlin playing a guitar riff when Miles joined in at 2:13 minutes, checked the vibe and basically explodes on one of his longest, meanest , finest and most energetic Solos ever.
This set the tone for the rest of the session. It was the era of Jazz moving away from the Clubs and Hipster circles and becoming Pppualar , the enetgy was all around and Rock was leading the movement in music. Miles was ready to join in and had already sold millions of records to both his Jazzz Fans from the beginning and to the Rock Youth. Anyway. after 25 minutes of this powerful stuff you are not tired , but eager to hear more 1 Flip the baby over and get more of the same, in a less overwhelming haste, but as innovative, swinging and rocking. By chance Herbie Hancock, who wasn't a part of the Miles Davis Quintet by that time was in the Studio building and atracted by these enormous gooves joined in for the latter 15 minuts of Side B. The start of Side B is based loosely on James Brown's "Say It Loud, I Am Black And I'm Proud", later moving over to more mellow downbeats from the former Miles Davis Record Bitches Brew. Anyway- Most people wouldn't recognize these anyway (i read that on allmusic.com) . So enuff is said. If you just respect Miles Davis, John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham, Herbie Hancock or all of them look around for a copy of this petty obscure album and i bet you might love it ...
Walli

Walli

November 18, 2002
referencing A Tribute To Jack Johnson, LP, Album, RE, PC 30455, 30455

Miles Davis's outstanding soundtrack for a documentary on the boxer Jack Johnson stands alone very well as a strong piece of music. The album consists of two long, frenetic jams (25-minute-plus versions of "Right Off" and "Yesternow") and features fine playing by a sextet comprised of Davis's trumpet, Steve Grossman's soprano sax, electronic keyboardist Herbie Hancock, guitarist John McLaughlin, electric bassist Michael Henderson and drummer Billy Cobham. Jack Johnson was a hero to Miles Davis, and this album stands as his musical hommage to the legendary boxer.