Miles Davis’ 1986 Lost Album ‘Rubberband’ Set for Release on September 06, 2019

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The original producers and Davis’ nephew completed the album, abandoned in the mid-’80s

In 1985, Miles Davis began recording an album called Rubberband, which was set to be his first album for Warner Bros. Records following his departure from longtime label Columbia. That record was ultimately shelved; his first album for Warner would be 1986’s Tutu. Last year saw the title track to Davis’ album, “Rubberband,” released on an EP of the same name.


It’s been announced that Rubberband will now be released in its entirety, completed by the original producers – Randy Hall and Zane Giles – alongside Davis’ nephew, Vince Wilburn, Jr., who performed on the original album sessions. It’s to be released on September 6 via Rhino Records. (Pre-orders are being accepted.)

Featured on the album are Lalah Hathaway and the R&B/jazz singer Ledisi. In April, it was announced that Davis’ full recordings from his sessions around Birth of the Cool would be coming to vinyl. Find a tracklist below.

The cover artwork is a painting by Davis, courtesy of Miles Davis Properties L.L.C.

01 Rubberband of Life [ft. Ledisi] 02 This Is It
03 Paradise
04 So Emotional [ft. Lalah Hathaway] 05 Give It Up
06 Maze
07 Carnival Time
08 I Love What We Make Together [ft. Randy Hall] 09 See I See
10 Echoes in Time/The Wrinkle
11 Rubberband

Last modified: June 17, 2019