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Guy Berger

Miles Davis Septet, February 21 1970, Ann Arbor Michigan

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I’ve been listening to a bunch of Miles Davis live recordings I downloaded a long time ago and this one really hit the spot.

It’s noteworthy for two reasons:

1) the only known live recording between the lost quintet’s fall 1969 European tour and the early March concerts at the Fillmore East

2) a rare Miles live recording with John McLaughlin

The band is Davis, Shorter, McLaughlin, Corea, Holland, DeJohnette, and Moreira.  They play “It’s About That Time”, “I Fall in Love too Easily”, “Sanctuary”, “Bitches Brew”, and “Masqualero”.

If you think of a spectrum stretching from the “very free, only slightly rock-ish” fall 1969 recordings to the “bye bye free jazz, hello funky grooves” fall 1970 recordings, this one is a lot closer to the former.  The musicians really seem to relish the music and challenge each other.

Highly recommended to people who like the officially released March 7 1970 Fillmore East concerts (IT’S ABOUT THAT TIME).

Two other recordings I listened to after this one are the April 24 1970 gig in Berkeley (minus Shorter and McLaughlin, plus Steve Grossman) and the June 20 1970 gig at the Fillmore East (Jarrett makes the band a septet again).  It’s amazing how quickly the band’s sound evolved in just 4 months!

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23 minutes ago, Guy Berger said:

I’ve been listening to a bunch of Miles Davis live recordings I downloaded a long time ago and this one really hit the spot.

It’s noteworthy for two reasons:

1) the only known live recording between the lost quintet’s fall 1969 European tour and the early March concerts at the Fillmore East

2) a rare Miles live recording with John McLaughlin

The band is Davis, Shorter, McLaughlin, Corea, Holland, DeJohnette, and Moreira.  They play “It’s About That Time”, “I Fall in Love too Easily”, “Sanctuary”, “Bitches Brew”, and “Masqualero”.

If you think of a spectrum stretching from the “very free, only slightly rock-ish” fall 1969 recordings to the “bye bye free jazz, hello funky grooves” fall 1970 recordings, this one is a lot closer to the former.  The musicians really seem to relish the music and challenge each other.

Highly recommended to people who like the officially released March 7 1970 Fillmore East concerts (IT’S ABOUT THAT TIME).

Two other recordings I listened to after this one are the April 24 1970 gig in Berkeley (minus Shorter and McLaughlin, plus Steve Grossman) and the June 20 1970 gig at the Fillmore East (Jarrett makes the band a septet again).  It’s amazing how quickly the band’s sound evolved in just 4 months!

When Chick Corea's Five Peace Band including John McLaughlin played in Ann Arbor in 2009, Chick mentioned from the stage of Hill Auditorium that he and McLaughlin had been reminiscing about playing on that same stage with Miles in 1970. A nice moment.

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2 hours ago, Guy Berger said:

I’ve been listening to a bunch of Miles Davis live recordings I downloaded a long time ago and this one really hit the spot.

It’s noteworthy for two reasons:

1) the only known live recording between the lost quintet’s fall 1969 European tour and the early March concerts at the Fillmore East

2) a rare Miles live recording with John McLaughlin

The band is Davis, Shorter, McLaughlin, Corea, Holland, DeJohnette, and Moreira.  They play “It’s About That Time”, “I Fall in Love too Easily”, “Sanctuary”, “Bitches Brew”, and “Masqualero”.

 

is there an album/date/venue or something here that I'm not seeing?  (

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4 minutes ago, medjuck said:

is there an album/date/venue or something here that I'm not seeing?  (

February 21 1970 in the Hill Auditorium Ann Arbor Michigan

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1 hour ago, Guy Berger said:

February 21 1970 in the Hill Auditorium Ann Arbor Michigan

oops. Missed the heading. 

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Thank you so much for posting this-I was completely unfamiliar with this  but was able to locate it for free online.  This one is shaping up to be an all time favorite.

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On 7/7/2020 at 9:39 AM, Jim Duckworth said:

Thank you so much for posting this-I was completely unfamiliar with this  but was able to locate it for free online.  This one is shaping up to be an all time favorite.

free is good.

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Are there copies of the full set circulating? The one I found opens in the middle of a Wayne solo. Is that what there is?

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When is this coming out?

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Of what?

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On 7/15/2020 at 7:24 AM, JSngry said:

Are there copies of the full set circulating? The one I found opens in the middle of a Wayne solo. Is that what there is?

Same

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