From This Place is one of the records I have been waiting to make my whole life. It is a kind of musical culmination, reflecting a wide range of expressions that have interested me over the years, scaled across a large canvas, presented in a way that offers the kind of opportunities for communication that can only be earned with a group of musicians who have spent hundreds of nights together on the bandstand.
Mr. Carter explained to me that Miles had a philosophy that he applied to that particular line-up. He wanted that band to develop a code through playing that familiar music night after night together that could then later be applied to the creation of a new way of playing together in the studio. A common language that would combine the familiarity that the players had with each other through playing those older tunes with the freshness of what new compositions might offer in the studio, creating the best of both worlds.
A light bulb went off over my head.
I had been wanting to record this new band but had made so many guitar/piano/bass/drums quartet records along the way that I found myself searching for a setting to look at what I might do with this group that could be different.
So, why not write a bunch of new music to be presented fresh for the first time in the studio to this band I knew so well? No rehearsals. Let's just go in with a pile of music I would compose just for this crew - an entirely different book from what we had been playing live - and see what happens. The Miles quintet approach.
FROM THIS PLACE
From this place I cannot see Heart is dark,
Beneath rising seas
From this place, I don’t believe All my hopes,
My sweet relief
From here, I say I cannot breathe Fear and hurt
Again we bleed
Unsafe, unsound, unclear to me Don’t know how to be
From this place, I must proceed Trust in love,
Truth be my lead
From here I will stand with thee Until hearts are truly free