Friday, November 28, 2003

Favorite not-quite-official concert recordings (don’t call them bootlegs!)

Miles Davis – Salle Playel; Paris 11/3/69

This is an excellent sounding radio broadcast of the so called “Lost Quintet,” the Davis band that included Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette and Dave Holland. This band never recorded in the studio but left a number of semi-official concert recordings from their 1969 European tour.

Miles had left behind the standard repertoire that he had been playing since the mid-50’s and with the young rock-influenced band backing him up he embarked on his electric period which would lead to classics like Bitches Brew and A Tribute to Jack Johnson.

The music like most of his concerts from this period, the music is made up of long suites with themes that would become the Bitches Brew record popping up amongst the improvisation. The band is hitting on all cylinders, but Wayne Shorter is in particular a revelation – playing some of his most abstract and intense tenor and soprano of his career.

More to come…

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