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Dingo

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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