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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kjw818 (Kjw818) on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 08:00 pm: Edit Post

Move over, Bob Dylan. Another legendary Columbia Records artist just a couple of spaces over on the CD shelf is receiving the Bootleg Series treatment with the September 20 release of The Miles Davis Quintet – Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Volume 1. And this release looks every inch as lavish and essential as the releases in Dylan’s similarly titled, long-running series. It’s drawn from original state-owned television and radio sources in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, and Sweden, and covers five European festival performances recorded over nine days in October to November 1967. Every track is previously unreleased commercially, and features Davis’ “Second Great Quintet” with the leader joined by a veritable “Who’s who” of jazz greats: Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone), Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (bass), and Tony Williams (drums). The 3-CD + DVD package will be joined on September 20 by a “highlights” disc, Miles Davis Quintet – Live in Europe 1967: Best of the Bootleg Volume 1.

Davis’ “First Great Quintet” was a tough act to follow despite the group’s short time as a permanent unit. John Coltrane (tenor sax), Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), and Philly Joe Jones (drums) were all largely unknown when they joined Davis in 1955, but they quickly established themselves as giants of the field. This was the group immortalized on five Prestige albums as well as Davis’ first Columbia long-player, the 1957 hard-bop masterpiece ‘Round About Midnight. By the time of the release of the Columbia platter that March, the Quintet had already broken up. Davis experimented with a number of personnel changes before the five gentlemen reunited to become The Miles Davis Sextet with the addition of Cannonball Adderley (alto saxophone) in late 1957. But ultimately, the door continued to revolve around Davis.

The “Second Great Quintet” heard on The Bootleg Series took form in 1965, lasting until 1968. On such albums as E.S.P. (1965), Miles Smiles (1966), Sorcerer (1967), Nefertiti (1967), Miles In the Sky (1968), and Filles De Kilimanjaro (1968), the group supported Davis through one of his most fertile, imaginative periods. E.S.P. was the first album by Davis to concentrate entirely on new compositions by group members, a change from the standard Great American Songbook repertoire. This was also the period in which Davis transitioned from bop to jazz fusion and his electric period. Miles in the Sky utilized electric piano, electric bass and electric guitar on a Davis album for the very first time. The chemistry between group members was obvious, but perhaps never more so than when they performed live as Miles’ “leaderless” ensemble, adept at varied jams.

For a look at diversity of material and performances on The Bootleg Series, plus track listing and additional information, go ahead and hit the jump!

The Quintet’s 1967 European tour brought them to Antwerp, Belgium (October 28th); Stockholm, Sweden (October 31st); Copenhagen, Denmark (November 2nd); Paris, France (November 6th); and Karlsruhe, Germany (November 7th). It was an all-star line-up, with Sarah Vaughan, The Archie Shepp Quintet , The Thelonious Monk Quartet, The Gary Burton Quartet, and promoter George Wein’s own Newport All-Stars with Buddy Tate also on the bill. Ironically, all five concerts were recorded by state-owned radio and television outlets. The Belgium (an hour-plus set), Denmark and France dates are all full-length concert sets now finally seeing commercial release. The Denmark performance might be of the most interest to collectors, as it hasn’t even seen the light of day as a bootleg! The Paris concert is the longest performance on The Bootleg Series Volume 1, containing versions of “Agitation” and “Footprints” which have not turned up previously on bootleg editions.

But there’s more. The DVD component of The Bootleg Series presents two concert sets by the Quintet, one from Stockholm on October 31, and one from Karlsruhe, Germany on November 7. These two sets represent the only known video documentation of the “Second Great Quintet” from the ‘65 to ’68 period. (This DVD was included as a bonus disc on the Complete Miles Davis Columbia Album Collection, released in 2009.)

You’ll hear the music that marked this great period of transition for Davis. “On Green Dolphin Street” was written by Bronislau Kaper and Ned Washington for a 1947 film but became a standard in Davis’ hands. Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn’s “I Fall in Love Too Easily” was introduced in MGM’s 1945 Anchors Aweigh, but was also reinvented anew by the trumpeter. “’Round Midnight” was still part of the set list, which is truly appropriate. It was at George Wein’s 1955 Newport Jazz Festival that Davis participated in a jam session during which “Midnight” (a song he had been playing since his days with Charlie Parker) was played with the song’s composer, Thelonious Monk, among the performers. According to Davis himself, “everybody went crazy” about his performance. It was responsible for his signing to Columbia Records.

These classics sit alongside the new, group-penned material from the studio albums, reimagined in this live setting where Davis elected to play his sets as one long jam with little separation between songs. It’s likely that Davis and the group were already contemplating going their separate ways by late 1967, and this frisson adds to the super-charged performances.

Legacy’s series of Davis remasters has long featured copious annotation, and this release will be no exception. Ashley Kahn, author of Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece, has provided the liner notes based on new interviews with key personnel like various surviving Quintet members, promoter Wein, his co-producer/tour manager Bob Jones, and tourmates Archie Shepp, Roswell Rudd, and Gary Burton. Richard Seidel and Michael Cuscuna produce the set, which is housed in an 8-panel digipak with the booklet weighing in at 28 pages.

The Miles Davis Quintet – Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Volume 1 is in stores from Columbia and Legacy on September 20!

The Miles Davis Quintet – Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Volume 1 (Columbia/Legacy 8869794053 2, 2011)

CD 1

Agitation
Footprints
’Round Midnight
No Blues
Riot
On Green Dolphin Street
Masqualero
Gingerbread Boy
Theme

CD 2

Agitation
Footprints
‘Round Midnight
No Blues
Masqualero
Agitation
Footprints

CD 3

‘Round Midnight
No Blues
Masqualero
I Fall in Love Too Easily
Riot
Walkin’
On Green Dolphin Street
The Theme

DVD

Agitation
Footprints
I Fall in Love Too Easily
Gingerbread Boy
The Theme
Agitation
Footprints
‘Round Midnight
Gingerbread Boy
The Theme

CD 1, Tracks 1-9 recorded on October 28, 1967 at the Konigin Elizabethzaal, Antwerp, Belgium by Belgian Radio and Television [BRT]

CD 2, Tracks 1-5 recorded on November 2, 1967 at the Tivoli Konsertsal, Copenhagen, Denmark by Danish Radio

CD 2, Tracks 6 & 7 recorded and broadcast on November 6, 1967 at the Paris Jazz Festival, Salle Pleyel, Paris, France on France Inter [ORTF]

CD 3, Tracks 1-8 recorded and broadcast on November 6, 1967 at the Paris Jazz Festival, Salle Pleyel, Paris, France on France Inter [ORTF]

DVD, Tracks 1-6 recorded on November 7, 1967 at the Stadthalle, Karlsruhe, Germany by Südwestfunk TV

DVD, Tracks 7-11 recorded on October 31, 1967 at the Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden by Sveriges Radio TV

Miles Davis Quintet – Live in Europe 1967: Best of the Bootleg Volume 1 (Columbia/Legacy CK 88697 94870 2, 2011)

Agitation
On Green Dolphin Street
‘Round Midnight
No Blues
Masqualero
Gingerbread Boy
The Theme

Tracks 1-2 & 6 recorded October 28, 1967 at the Konigin Elizabethzaal, Antwerp, Belgium

Tracks 3-4 recorded November 2, 1967 at the Tivoli Konsertsal, Copenhagen, Denmark

Tracks 5 & 7 recorded November 6, 1967 at the Paris Jazz Festival, Salle Pleyel, Paris, France


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By PD (Pharmacy_davepd) on Friday, July 29, 2011 - 08:42 am: Edit Post

I've had a copy of that Paris show for years and it stands out as some of the best Jazz I've ever heard from anybody......until Wynton in the summer of 1991 at Doc Rickett's Lab in Monterey. Yikes!


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