I thought I’d post this now because (a) the title is topical and (b) because playing a piece by a black musical  genius is the best way I can think of to refute David Starkey’s on Newsnight last night that there’s nothing more to “black culture” (whatever that means) than drugs and gang violence. This track, called Riot, is from the  album Nefertiti, by the superb Miles Davis Quintet of the late 60s, which included Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock (who wrote the tune), Ron Carter on bass and Tony Williams on drums. It’s one of the most played albums on my iPod, but I very much doubt Dr Starkey has ever heard of it…

2 Responses to “Riot”

  1. Coo lovely. Is this before or after In a Silent Way ?

    • telescoper Says:

      This was a couple of years before In a Silent Way, i.e. 1967 compared to 1969. For the latter album, Joe Zawinul and Chick Corea were added, and Dave Holland replaced Ron Carter.

      I have that on my iPod too..

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