Live In Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series 2

Live In Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series 2

by Miles Davis Quintet
     
 

LIVE IN EUROPE 1969 lives up to the Miles Davis Bootleg Series mission of presenting live performances that are previously unreleased, have previously only been bootlegged, or are very rare. This new set is the first collection of Miles’s Third Great Quintet, the “Lost” Band of 1968-1970 with Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, and Jack DeJohnette… See more details below

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LIVE IN EUROPE 1969 lives up to the Miles Davis Bootleg Series mission of presenting live performances that are previously unreleased, have previously only been bootlegged, or are very rare. This new set is the first collection of Miles’s Third Great Quintet, the “Lost” Band of 1968-1970 with Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, and Jack DeJohnette at their peak (they were never recorded in the studio). The album captures the short-lived quintet in three separate concert settings, starting with two full-length (one hour-plus) sets at the Antibes Jazz Festival in France, in Stockholm as part of “The Newport Jazz Festival In Europe,” and completed with a stunning 46-minute performance at the Berlin Philharmonie, filmed in color.

The repertoire spans the widest range Miles ever played; from ‘Round Midnight and Milestones, to I Fall In Love Too Easily and No Blues, to Footprints and Nefertiti, to Bitches Brew and Spanish Key, and much more, all in re-imagined new versions or first time professional recordings. Includes live versions of several songs only previously heard in their studio versions. The rare, mostly acoustic set from Stockholm includes a bonus track version of Chick Corea’s “This” in its only professional recording by Miles.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The first volume Legacy's Miles Davis bootleg series offered audio and video evidence of his second great quintet playing the Newport Jazz Festival in Europe in 1967. Acclaim from critics and fans was universal. This second entry, Live in Europe 1969: Bootleg Series, Vol. 2, showcases almost an entirely different band -- only saxophonist Wayne Shorter remains. Bassist Dave Holland, drummer Jack DeJohnette, and pianist Chick Corea made up Davis' road band, and other individuals participated in sessions for Filles de Kilimanjaro and In a Silent Way. But this quintet was never recorded as a lone studio group, making this the first officially released music from the monster "third quintet." Three discs and a DVD offer four concerts: two from Antibes and one from Stockholm are on audio discs, while a performance from Berlin is on video. The set lists vary but offer something remarkable as a whole: The only period where Davis played music from his bebop, hard bop, modal, and electric eras on one tour. In Antibes, "Directions" opens at a furious tempo with freewheeling solos from Davis and Shorter. It morphs into "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down," featuring an aggressive Holland bassline and DeJohnette's machine gun drums. There is a completely re-envisioned "Milestones" that materializes from the bass solo. Shorter and Davis play with a muscular, intense, communicative freedom that reaches its creative peak here. The rhythm section, emboldened by the front line, is wildly inventive. Corea plays an exceptionally large role. By 1969, Davis was using not only electric guitar in the studio, but often multiple keyboard players simultaneously. Corea is everywhere as a rhythmic and harmonic counterpart, and as a visionary soloist. His chord voicings on "'Round Midnight" move from skeletal to maximal as the tune is thoroughly reinvented from its spare melody into a nearly funky modal jam with him leading the way. Highlights from the second Antibes gig include a blistering "Spanish Key," driven by Holland and DeJohnette, followed by a brief, lyrical "I Fall in Love Too Easily," preceding an angular, exciting "Masqualero," with fiery interaction between Shorter and Corea. "No Blues," a band solo showcase, gives way to a nearly shimmering swing in "Nefertiti" that unmakes itself after Shorter's solo, eventually gathering steam for a galloping group exchange before shifting to more relaxed pacing, then re-energizing along different harmonic lines. In Stockholm, the 14-minute "Bitches Brew" is revealed to be still evolving; harmonic and rhythmic ideas are thrown into the mix minute-by-minute. "Paraphernalia" is almost free jazz. Davis' solo on set-closer "This," is risky and physically strident. The DVD offers a gorgeous, color, multi-camera shoot, with terrific sound. The band's intuitive, concentrated interaction is mesmerizing to watch. Seeing and hearing them move seamlessly -- even dramatically -- through "It's About That Time"/"I Fall in Love Too Easily"/"Sanctuary" reveals Davis' in the present viewing the past as a gateway to his musical future. It's obvious here that he freely embraced the sonic, textural, and timbral possibilities that electricity offered him in creating a more open, in-the-moment, music. Live in Europe, 1969 makes obvious that on this tour, Davis' creative vision was holistic and completely assured. These fire-breathing performances offer a band at fever pitch hearing and playing what they knew even then was a new chapter in jazz history.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2013
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0887254185321
catalogNumber:
541853
Rank:
6976

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Introduction by André Francis  - André Francis
  2. Directions
  3. Miles Runs the Voodoo Down
  4. Milestones
  5. Footprints
  6. 'Round Midnight
  7. It's About That Time
  8. Sanctuary
  9. The Theme

Disc 2

  1. Introduction by André Francis  - André Francis
  2. Directions
  3. Spanish Key
  4. I Fall in Love Too Easily
  5. Masqualero
  6. Miles Runs the Voodoo Down
  7. No Blues
  8. Nefertiti
  9. Sanctuary
  10. The Theme

Disc 3

  1. Introduction by George Wein  - George Wein
  2. Bitches Brew
  3. Paraphernalia
  4. Nefertiti
  5. Masqualero
  6. This

Disc 4

  1. Introduction by John O'Brien-Docker  - John O'Brien Docker
  2. Directions
  3. Bitches Brew
  4. It's About That Time
  5. I Fall in Love Too Easily
  6. Sanctuary
  7. The Theme

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miles Davis Quintet   Primary Artist
Miles Davis   Indexed Contributor,Trumpet
Jack DeJohnette   Drums
Dave Holland   Bass
Wayne Shorter   Saxophone
Armando Anthony Corea   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Miles Davis   Composer
Wayne Shorter   Composer
Joe Zawinul   Composer
Bosse Broberg   Producer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Armando Anthony Corea   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Vince Wilburn   Executive Producer
Mark Wilder   Mastering
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
Josef Woodard   Liner Notes
André Francis   Program Producer
Steve Berkowitz   Producer
Cheryl Davis   Executive Producer
Maria Triana   Mastering
Erin Davis   Executive Producer
Berndt Berndtsson   Engineer

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