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  • Summary: The jazz artist's album with producers Randy Hall and Attala Zane Giles was originally shelved after a few months of recording and is now completed with contributions from Davis's nephew Vince Wilburn Jr., Lalah Hathaway, Medina Johnson, and Ledisi.
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  1. Classic Rock Magazine
    Sep 4, 2019
    An extraordinary 11-track distillation of raw urban vitality that recaptures and resets the dizzying conversational street energy of 1972's On The Corner at the cutting edge of 80s soul. [Sep 2019, p.90]
  2. Sep 5, 2019
    When the talent is as huge a draw as Miles Davis, these feel unnecessary intrusions. This leaves us with an interesting album, but not a Davis classic, when it could have been.
  3. Oct 2, 2019
    Rubberband has been executed with genuine respect for the artist. There's enough greatness here to justify the effort. Even if we hope this doesn't launch a new kind of re-bop craze, it's still great to press play on another Miles Davis album.
  4. Q Magazine
    Sep 3, 2019
    This late-period curio isn't one for the purists. ... A patchy affair. [Oct 2019, p.117]
  5. Sep 12, 2019
    Though some of the high-tech production gadgetry sounds dated now, back in 1985 it was a fiercely contemporary record. But while time might have blunted its cutting edge, Rubberband, for all its flaws, still fascinates.
  6. 60
    Davis completists will grab this, but others may find there’s just not enough meat in the sandwich.
  7. Sep 6, 2019
    While it was unfinished and framed in '80s studio tropes, their attempt to complete it with modern charts and muddy, hip-hop-styled mix weighs down what remains of the original proceedings.

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