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Thread started 02/26/03 2:18pm

funkaholic1972

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"Can I Play With U": is that really Miles Davis playing the trumpet???

I just listened to the song "Can I Play With U" for the very first time and noticed that the trumpet sound totally like Miles Davis! cool

I mean, if that isn't Miles it must be a clone or something! Is this one of the songs he recorded with Miles that never got released??? Info please!!!
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Reply #1 posted 02/26/03 2:35pm

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Yes it is Miles. The track was originally intended for Miles's "Tutu" album in '86. You can even hear where it was meant to segue from the intro/outro (into, or from "Backyard Ritual" I think). However after hearing the rest of the album, Prince thought that the track didn't fit that well and pulled it out. You can even hear Miles talking in the intro as well with his famous raspy voice. In some discographys, the track is called "Red Riding Hood". It also features Marcus Miller on bass, Aldam Holzman on keyboards (from Miles's band) and good ol'Eric Leeds on sax.
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Reply #2 posted 02/26/03 2:36pm

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It's a pity we haven't heard anything else by them because this song is mediocre to the max.
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Reply #3 posted 02/26/03 2:39pm

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MiaBocca said:

It's a pity we haven't heard anything else by them because this song is mediocre to the max.


Why do you think it was never released?
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Reply #4 posted 02/26/03 2:49pm

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Well I know, just saying is all.
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Reply #5 posted 02/26/03 3:03pm

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toejam said:

Yes it is Miles. The track was originally intended for Miles's "Tutu" album in '86. You can even hear where it was meant to segue from the intro/outro


Yeah, funny, I already noticed that!



toejam said:

However after hearing the rest of the album, Prince thought that the track didn't fit that well and pulled it out.


Very wise decision, it would have spoiled the flow of the "Tutu" album. Like MiaBocca said, the song is quite mediocre, especially compared to the rest of the material on "Tutu". I once read an interview with Prince where he said he still has some amazing recordings with Miles in his Vault. Being a fan of both of them, I would love to see these recordings released one day...



toejam said:

You can even hear Miles talking in the intro as well with his famous raspy voice. In some discographys, the track is called "Red Riding Hood". It also features Marcus Miller on bass, Aldam Holzman on keyboards (from Miles's band) and good ol'Eric Leeds on sax.


Interesting info, toejam. Thanks!
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Reply #6 posted 02/26/03 3:17pm

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I really like this song. It's very odd and obtuse. Sorry for those who don't dig it.
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Reply #7 posted 02/27/03 3:45pm

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tricky99 said:

I really like this song. It's very odd and obtuse. Sorry for those who don't dig it.


I like the song as well, it's just that I don't think it would have fitted in the context of the Tutu album. If it would have been released on an album of complete collaboration between Prince and Miles I would dig it better, I guess...
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Reply #8 posted 03/01/03 10:21pm

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i think it's a pretty cool track, maybe would've been a cool SOTT-era b-side, or something...
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