Pangaea

Label
Columbia/Legacy
Release date
1975
Running length
2 tracks
Running time
88:29

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Zimbabwe (Live) 41:44 342
1 Gondwana (Live) 46:45 816

About this album

Pangaea is one of two live albums recorded on February 1, 1975 at the Osaka Festival Hall in Japan by Miles Davis and his accompanying band.

Pangaea consists of two 40 minute group improvisations entitled, “Zimbabwe” and, “Gondwana”. These pieces titles come from the names of the ancient super continents of early Earth.

The album, for the most, part is led by Pete Cosey (Electric Guitar), Michael Henderson (Electric Bass), and Al Foster (Drums), who create the majority of the aural experience. Miles usually tinges the grooves with Trumpet- Wah, or with an Organ, but he does have some solos throughout the two pieces.

The tracks are dark, mysterious, psychedelic, and heavy and an experience that is one of a kind.

This is the second of two performances from February 1975 at the Osaka Festival Hall in Japan. This is the evening show; the Columbia release Agharta was the afternoon show. Pangaea is comprised either as a double LP or double CD of two tracks, “Zimbabwe” and “Gondwana.” Each is divided into two parts. The band here is comprised of Sonny Fortune on saxophones, Pete Cosey (who also played synth) and Reggie Lucas on guitars, Michael Henderson on bass, Al Foster on drums, James Mtume on percussion, and Davis on trumpet and organ. The band, no doubt inspired by their amazing performance earlier in the day, comes out swinging, and I mean like Muhammad Ali, not Benny Goodman. This is a take-no-prisoners set. Davis seems to be pushing an agenda of “What the hell is melody and harmony? And bring on the funk — and while you’re at it, Pete, play the hell outta that guitar.

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