Gout (1974)
Unreleased Miles Davis Proteges

From The May, 07 Archives This is the tale of one of the great lost experimental jazz/rock albums. According to legend, Gout was bankrolled by Miles Davis in 1974, delivered to Columbia Records and pressed for promotion… then summarily abandoned by the label. Reasons, besides its lack of commercial potential, are unclear. Though theories range from guitarist Art Jackson’s already developed heroin addiction to Columbia’s desire to distance themselves from a band that may have included a few radical Black Panthers. Reportedly, when Miles (with his own drug problems) began withdrawing into seclusion, so did the desire to release Gout. Specializing in free form, live-in-the-studio, jazz/rock experimentation, The Atrocity was a chaotic, 8 to 11 piece collective fronted by the 20 year old Jackson – whose guitar explorations were prone to both violent outbursts and spacey sonic excursions. No charts, no songs, no rhyme or reason. Driven by extra heavy propulsion drumming, the musical interplay between the players suggests a drug fueled free for all. A long lost curio ripped from a vinyl promo… and the subject of much speculation.

Shaft In Afghanistan (7:39)
Arabian Fabian (8:59)
Available Bush (7:11)
Tomato Reign (16:20)
Gout (6:22)


  • Anonymous
    March 13, 2009 - 15:36 | Permalink

    From the description, I thought this would be farther out than On the Corner and harder to penetrate than Derek Bailey. But it turns out this is a very solid release of very hip music. I love it. I would not characterize this as chaotic! It's out there but in a really good way!

    Thanks for this. Any idea who else plays on this?

  • Jay Mucci
    March 13, 2009 - 16:00 | Permalink

    Holy shit!! This album is an f***ing monster!! I've never heard of the album or Art Jackson, or even knew that Miles Davis was connected to any of this, until just this morning when I saw it posted here.
    I just got finished listening to it. Wow! Maybe it's just me, but this has to be one of the wildest, most intense, mind-blowing fusion albums ever recorded. And to think it was never officially released is even more mind-blowing…and tragic. This album sounds like it could have been recorded yesterday. And it should be released NOW!
    Thanks for another great find. Can't wait to see what you post next…

  • Anonymous
    March 13, 2009 - 20:48 | Permalink

    more rare booty from the boat!

  • Anonymous
    March 14, 2009 - 00:48 | Permalink

    wow ,i am eager to listen this one thanks !!!

  • boboquisp
    March 14, 2009 - 02:02 | Permalink

    Thanks for greatly expanding my mind…great stuff! bbq

  • Miles
    March 15, 2009 - 05:46 | Permalink


    you never fail to amaze me!

  • Loren
    March 15, 2009 - 12:44 | Permalink

    What a week of shares! I Listened to Shaft in Afghanistan in MOG and it is pretty close to what Miles was doing in that period, particularly Agharta, and seems pretty straightforward to me, but maybe I've been on this boat with Willard too long.

    Not only Art JAckson, but the Steve Albini produced Cheap Trick, more Dylan, Prince and more. Wow, spring must be here, because the flowers are certainly in bloom. Thanks for the great shares.

  • sleepmonk
    March 29, 2009 - 21:39 | Permalink

    Thank you so much for this wonderful find.

  • Thad
    April 3, 2009 - 11:52 | Permalink

    You know, the recording does seem pretty clean/bright (drums especially) for a mid-70s release. It kind of sounds like one of Ronald Shannon Jackson's projects. Subterfuge afoot… but a really nice one, at that.

  • Thad
    April 3, 2009 - 11:55 | Permalink
  • bobhowe
    April 12, 2009 - 18:34 | Permalink

    I am 56, grew up through the late 60s early seventies colecting music and into hi fi and the production values for me in this recording are all wrong for 1974. The drums are far too clean and punchy if you compare them to other major labelfusion releases at this time. The electronics also sound far too modern for that period of mini moog and bendy pitch wheel keybords. This is far similar to a contemporary band like Mushroom which sometimes features Eddie Gale than a lost period classic. Like the fake krautrock psi fi releases Golem, Cosmic Corridor etc and the reprocessed Martin Weaver Dark offshoots they're a guilty pleasure but not authentic in my opinion

  • Jon-A
    April 16, 2009 - 12:01 | Permalink

    Jeepers, people – is this really so complicated? Look at the column to your right and scroll down until you get to the numerous Henry Kaiser posts. Notice that he even has a band called 'Yo Miles!' Care to speculate about what some of their studio jams might sound like?

  • buzzbabyjesus
    April 24, 2009 - 00:33 | Permalink

    Definitely a hoax. Drums are a definite giveaway, and a genius friend of mine heard 5-string bass right off, which makes it highly unlikely. All the playing is too modern sounding.

  • Festus
    November 5, 2009 - 10:39 | Permalink

    Just found your blog and really loving it ! thanks!

  • Capt. Willard
    November 6, 2009 - 18:23 | Permalink

    Find it HERE

  • buzzbabyjesus
    May 5, 2010 - 13:28 | Permalink

    Last year I almost made the comment that "Gout" sounded an awful lot like a Bill Laswell/Axiom production. I just made an oddball fusion playlist and heard "Shaft In Afghanistan" shuffled next to a tune from his 1997 "Arcana" album. Before it was an impression, now I'd bet money on it.

  • buzzbabyjesus
    May 5, 2010 - 14:01 | Permalink

    That would make Art Jackson either Buckethead, or Nicky Skopelitis.
    I'm just sayin'.

  • Schid
    September 4, 2011 - 07:02 | Permalink

    Unless the band were time-travellers, this can’t be from 1974… In the track “Tomato Reign” there’s a voice that says “F**k her… let her rot”. This is an audio clip taken from Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket”, which was released in 1987.
    So to me this is a hoax, and I wish someone would come forward and explain, because I dig the music.

  • Dirk Bill
    October 12, 2011 - 17:18 | Permalink

    The music’s great; why the mystery? Would somebody show me the back of the album cover please? Might explain a lot… or not. The fact that there’s only one story here, repeated over and over… This reminds me of the time I heard Cokie Roberts on the radio say that 50% of all American voters were Catholic (!) – I almost drove off the road – turns out there was only one online reference to this “fact” and that was from a book review on World Net Daily, and she lifted it word-for-word. So where are the facts here? The Tampa newspaper from ’87 seems genuine, and might explain the sound of the production. The comments tied to WFMU’s The Exotic Prince post haven’t been verified. Excellent point about the audio clip though; as W.C. Field would say, “We’ve been ho-axed!”

  • Anonymous
    November 13, 2014 - 18:37 | Permalink

    Sorry to disappoint some of you, but After listening to this a couple of times, it is Clearly NOT from 1974. I would say early 90s. Drums, mix and guitar are giveaways. Guitar is more is the style of Vernon Reid than anyone I can think of. It is disappointing that we have not seen the other side of the LP in the photo, and that we have no credits. It’s surprising that no one related to this has surfaced to explain it. We can’t even be sure that the record jacket or name Art Jackson’s Atrocity even belong to these recordings. It does look like it’s from the mid-70s, but the recording is NOT. As usual, don’t believe the hype.

  • miguel
    May 23, 2015 - 16:38 | Permalink

    Not only an extraordinary web site and an astonishing show of generosity and care. This particular entry shows discerning ears and musical background. Privileged to share such knowledgeable and dedicated company. Thank you so very much, Willard – and friends.

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