In Concert: Live at Philharmonic Hall

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Of the myriad double-live sets Miles Davis recorded in the early '70s, In Concert: Live at Philharmonic Hall is the only one documenting his On the Corner street-funk period, which is immediately obvious from the cover art. Actually, in terms of repertoire, the material from Get Up With It, Big Fun, and A Tribute to Jack Johnson each takes up a greater percentage of space, but the hard-driving rhythms and plentiful effects make it clear which of Davis' fusion aesthetics applied. In Concert begins to move Davis' live work even farther away from jazz tradition, as he largely forgoes concepts of soloing or space. Instead, Davis presides over a pulsating mound of rhythm, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Of the myriad double-live sets Miles Davis recorded in the early '70s, In Concert: Live at Philharmonic Hall is the only one documenting his On the Corner street-funk period, which is immediately obvious from the cover art. Actually, in terms of repertoire, the material from Get Up With It, Big Fun, and A Tribute to Jack Johnson each takes up a greater percentage of space, but the hard-driving rhythms and plentiful effects make it clear which of Davis' fusion aesthetics applied. In Concert begins to move Davis' live work even farther away from jazz tradition, as he largely forgoes concepts of soloing or space. Instead, Davis presides over a pulsating mound of rhythm, expanding his percussion section and using traditional lead instruments more to create texture -- including his own horn, which he feeds through a wah-wah pedal and other amplification effects. Drummer Al Foster, tabla player Badal Roy, and percussionist Mtume are the centers of the recording, and electric sitar player Khalil Balakrishna adds an exotic dimension to the already tripped-out sonic stew. And "stew" isn't too far off -- the individual voices and elements in the music tend to get mixed and muddled together, which may be frustrating for some jazz fans not used to listening for the thick layers of texture in the soundscapes or the furious energy in the grooves. There are few melodies to latch onto, save for a theme from On the Corner that Davis frequently uses during the first disc to signal transitions. But melody isn't the point of this music; it's about power, rhythm, and the sum energy of the collective, and of Davis' electric jazz-rock albums, In Concert does one of the most mind-bending jobs of living up to those ideals.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/1997
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646514023
  • Catalog Number: 65140

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rated X (12:16)
  2. 2 Honky Tonk (9:18)
  3. 3 Theme from Jack Johnson (10:13)
  4. 4 Black Satin/The Theme (14:15)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ife (27:54)
  2. 2 Right off/The Theme (10:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miles Davis Primary Artist, Trumpet
Mtume Percussion
Carlos Garnett Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Reggie Lucas Guitar
Badal Roy Tabla
Khalil Balakrishna Electric Sitar
James Forman Percussion
Al Foster Drums
Michael Henderson Bass Guitar
Cedric Lawson Synthesizer, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Technical Credits
Bob Belden Producer
Teo Macero Producer
Russ Payne Remixing
Bobby Previte Liner Notes
Seth Rothstein Director
Cozbi Sanchez-Cabrera Art Direction
Arthur Weiner Producer
Stanley Tonkel Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Miles: the enemy of convention

    This album is excellent and a must-have for admirers of Miles Davis's Fusion and electrified work. It's like Miles turned the trumpet into a machete and began slashing at the rules of music convention and tradition. Blood, guts, and all lie on the ground during this explosive experiment without time signature, key, and composition (yet musically disciplined, how ironic?). And who cares if you get any on you? It's a good thing.

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