Gary Giddins
December 20, 1991 AT 05:00 AM EST

Dingo

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Miles Davis, Michel Legrand, Chuck Findley
Producers
Warner Bros.
genre
Jazz, Soundtracks

We gave it a C+

The Australian trumpeter Chuck Findley should have his name above the title, too; he plays as many trumpet solos as Miles Davis, most of them in Miles’ style. Dingo is an awfully shoddy way to release the first posthumous Davis album: a movie soundtrack without explanatory notes, yet littered with absurdly sentimental extracts of dialogue from the film (released earlier this year in France but not yet seen here), a fictional story of two trumpeters, one of them portrayed by Davis. Legrand conducts his own orchestrations, which don’t give the trumpeters much to work with. Except for the trumpet duet, ”The Jam Session,” this is mood-setting stuff, and the mood is mostly drowsy. C+

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