Best known as the drummer in Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys, Buddy Miles also had a lengthy solo career that drew from rock, blues, soul, and funk in varying combinations. He joined his fathers band the Bebops at the age of 12 and then went on to also play drums and provide backing vocals for the likes of Ruby & The Romantics, the Ink Spots, the Delfonics, Mike Bloomfields Electric Flag and Carlos Santana.
"All The Faces Of Buddy Miles" was Buddy’s fifth solo album and followed up on the success of the 1972 "Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles Live!” album.
Purists who've followed Scott over the years may balk at such a commercial collection, but the music is as fun as the guys who are playing it, so who can argue? Scott wrote only two of the nine songs, and interestingly enough, "Desire" and "We Belong Together" are the least exciting tunes, thought they mellow out the pace a bit. Covers of the Average White Band's '74 hit "Pick up the Pieces," Buddy Miles' song as the energetic title cut, Earth, Wind & Fire's brassy "Serpentine Fire," and Coltrane's bluesy "Dahomey Dance" are party tunes all the way, and this band featuring L.A. clubbers Barnaby Finch, Pat Kelley, and Tim Landers help the expressive Scott bring the passionate funk to life.
Buddy is featured on this DVD playing at two separate concerts. In the first, filmed at Switzerland's New Morning Rock Heroes Festival in 1995, he re-works in his own distinctive style a selection of rock and pop classics from the sixties and seventies, concluding with barnstorming versions of three of Jimi Hendrix's biggest hits, 'Purple Haze', 'Voodoo Chile' and 'Hey Joe'.
In the second concert filmed in Paris a year later, he features Albert King's blues standard 'Born Under A Bad Sign' and a deeply soulful interpretation of The Impression's ballad hit 'For Your Precious Love'.
The Band Of Gypsys Return is a special collection of recent studio recordings and live performances that celebrate Jimi Hendrix and the legacy of his Band Of Gypsys–bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles. Joining Cox and Miles are guitarists Andy Aledort, Kenny Olson, Eric Gales, and Sheldon Reynolds. Band Of Gypsys classics such as "Power Of Soul," "Machine Gun," and "Who Knows" are reveisited along with Hendrix favorites such as "Stone Free" and "Manic Depression".