The reasons for Columbia wanting to release remixes of several Miles Davis compositions are obvious––his work on albums such as On The Corner and Bitches Brew lends itself to hip-hop and other avant interpretations. The problem, as has so often been the case with Davis' legacy, is that the idea's mishandled. The opening outtake of "Freddie Freeloader" is about as necessary as an Anna Nicole career retrospective and "Freedom Jazz Dance (Evolution Of The Groove)" with NAS disappoints beyond expectations; "Honky Tonk" is OK until Doyle Bramhall II's Clapton lite guitar solo while "Black Satin" with Charley Drayton never fully takes flight. "It's About That Time" soars––thanks, in no small way, to Carlos Santana––but one bright spot can't save Evolution Of The Groove from its fate as an unnecessary item that does little to enhance our understanding or appreciation of Davis' genius.
1. Freddie Freeloader
2. Freedom Jazz Dance (Evolution Of The Groove)
3. It's About That Time
4. Honky Tonk
5. Black Satin