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Miles at the Fillmore - Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 3

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Until now, the official recordings of Miles Davis' performances at the Fillmore East between June 17 and 20, 1970 have been limited to the double album Miles at the Fillmore. That set's producer Teo Macero, edited the recordings to create medleys of each night's music to four roughly 20-minute selections. This four-disc set contains all four concerts. There are 100 minutes of previously unreleased music from Wednesday through Saturday; an additional 35 minutes of unreleased music comes from a previous gig at the Fillmore West. On the FE shows,Davis' band opened for Laura Nyro. Bill Graham regularly booked jazz artists to play with rock and pop acts. At the time, Davis was ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Until now, the official recordings of Miles Davis' performances at the Fillmore East between June 17 and 20, 1970 have been limited to the double album Miles at the Fillmore. That set's producer Teo Macero, edited the recordings to create medleys of each night's music to four roughly 20-minute selections. This four-disc set contains all four concerts. There are 100 minutes of previously unreleased music from Wednesday through Saturday; an additional 35 minutes of unreleased music comes from a previous gig at the Fillmore West. On the FE shows,Davis' band opened for Laura Nyro. Bill Graham regularly booked jazz artists to play with rock and pop acts. At the time, Davis was actively courting the younger audience -- aided not only by Graham, but by FM DJs playing the just-released Bitches Brew. The band -- saxophonist Steve Grossman, Dave Holland on electric bass, drummer Jack DeJohnette, percussionist Airto Moreira, Chick Corea on electric piano, and Keith Jarrett on organ -- was loud and driving, its sound was drenched in wah-wah pedals; distortion was employed often. These dates are also historically significant because both keyboardists played in the group simultaneously for only three months. The program for each evening was basically the same: "Directions," "The Mask," "It's About That Time," "Bitches Brew," and "The Theme." But each disc offers a different bonus: an encore, an unexpected performance, or the added tracks from the Fillmore West gig. The charts are loose but focused, and the group's improvisational dynamic is breathtaking, entirely different each night. Davis is exceptionally strong. His playing is inventive, full of questions and muscular statements. Some notable solos occur on Wednesday's "It's About That Time," the Fillmore West's "Footprints" and "Paraphernalia," and the searing intensity displayed on "Directions," from Friday. Grossman's soprano playing is stunning on each version of "Bitches Brew"; his bluesy tenor playing is at its best on Thursday's "Spanish Key." Individually and collectively, DeJohnette and Holland add an extreme funkiness to the band's bottom. Their interplay is canny, full of nasty grooves -- check Thursday's "The Mask," or the throbbing pulse and roiling breaks on Friday's "Directions." Jarrett's colors, textures and stabs, add an entirely different dimension to the band's attack. Check the sinister vamping and spooky soloing on "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down" from the Fillmore West. Corea is alternately knotty and atmospheric. He can push the horns hard --as on Thursday's "Directions" -- or paint through Jarrett's wah-wah organ with an expressionist brush -- evidenced by Saturday's "Willie Nelson." Throughout his solos are risky and exploratory. Airto's vocal and percussion arsenal is wildly different, not only from tune to tune, but night to night. The sound on this box is fantastic: balanced and detailed. The set includes a 28-page booklet with an essay by Michael Cuscuna and producer's notes with Richard Seidel, along with rare photographs and a poster. Miles at the Fillmore - Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 3 is an essential addition to the Davis canon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2014
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 887654338129
  • Catalog Number: 543381
  • Sales rank: 669

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction (0:04)
  2. 2 Directions (10:23)
  3. 3 The Mask (11:04)
  4. 4 It's About That Time (10:44)
  5. 5 Bitches Brew (13:41)
  6. 6 The Theme (0:40)
  7. 7 Paraphernalia (11:02)
  8. 8 Footprints (11:13)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Directions (10:10)
  2. 2 The Mask (11:29)
  3. 3 It's About That Time (12:03)
  4. 4 Bitches Brew (11:57)
  5. 5 The Theme (1:29)
  6. 6 Spanish Key (Encore) (10:20)
  7. 7 The Theme (0:27)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Directions (12:50)
  2. 2 The Mask (10:00)
  3. 3 It's About That Time (11:27)
  4. 4 I Fall In Love Too Easily (1:47)
  5. 5 Sanctuary (3:24)
  6. 6 Bitches Brew (12:38)
  7. 7 The Theme (0:44)
  8. 8 Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (13:20)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Directions (10:48)
  2. 2 The Mask (11:14)
  3. 3 It's About That Time (11:03)
  4. 4 I Fall In Love Too Easily (1:20)
  5. 5 Sanctuary (3:20)
  6. 6 Bitches Brew (9:39)
  7. 7 Willie Nelson (9:21)
  8. 8 The Theme (0:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miles Davis Primary Artist, Trumpet
Jack DeJohnette Drums
Dave Holland Bass
Keith Jarrett Organ, Tambourine
Steve Grossman Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Airto Moreira Flute, Percussion, Vocals
Chick Corea Electric Piano
Technical Credits
Miles Davis Composer
Wayne Shorter Composer
Joe Zawinul Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Michael Cuscuna Producer, Liner Notes, Production Notes
Dave Darlington Remixing
Teo Macero Producer
Richard Seidel Producer, Production Notes
Jule Styne Composer
Vince Wilburn Jr. Executive Producer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Josh Cheuse Art Direction
Mike Kull Tape Research
Donna Kloepfer Mastering
Nell Mulderry Production Director
Steve Berkowitz Producer
Cheryl Davis Executive Producer
Erin Davis Executive Producer
Stan Tonkel Engineer
Martin Klimas Cover Art
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2014

    simply amazing music..miles was at the height of his powers betw

    simply amazing music..miles was at the height of his powers between 68 and 72 and in top physical shape. he was pushing the music forward
    relentlessly while his audiences struggled to catch up. This is the end of the traditional repertoire and the start of something new. it's amazing music and its 44 years old!!!!!!

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  • Posted April 26, 2014

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    The posthumous output by Miles Davis has been astounding. The &q

    The posthumous output by Miles Davis has been astounding. The "complete" box sets offer up an Aladdin's cave of sonic wonders. And now we have the full story of Miles at the Fillmore and it's a beauty. To think that this is available for less than $40 is amazing. If you love electric Miles, you'll love this set.

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