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Monday, September 26, 2011

Miles Davis lives!

Posted By on 09.26.11 at 12:06 PM

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I spent much of the past weekend having my mind blown by the box set Live in Europe 1967 (Columbia/Legacy), a bounty of recordings by the second Miles Davis Quintet (with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams). The set's three CDs and a single DVD chronicle a handful of concerts in the fall of 1967, when the group was arguably at the peak of its powers. In fact, this collection—the inaugural volume in a Miles Davis "Bootleg Series"—might be the single best piece of evidence to support that claim.

In 1995 Columbia/Legacy released a seven-CD box set documenting the same band's stint at the Plugged Nickel in 1965, which allowed listeners to hear how the quintet brought something new to each set. Like that collection, this new offering—much of which has long been available as actual bootlegs—features the same basic set list each night, but the flexibility, rigor, and looseness on display almost makes the Plugged Nickel stuff sound quaint. In particular, Wayne Shorter sounds astonishing on these 1967 records, displaying a vigor and aggression rarely heard on the classic studio sides. If only 5 percent of the new recordings in 2011 were this good, we'd be having a pretty great year—sadly, that's not the case. Below you can check out the trailer for the new set.

Wednesday, September 28, is the 20th anniversary of Davis's passing, and DJ Joe Bryl has organized a tribute to the trumpeter's constantly evolving genius this week. Beginning on Tuesday night at 9 PM, Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar will host three nights of Davis music, broken down into chronological eras. On Tuesday DownBeat reviews editor Aaron Cohen will play early Davis material from the 40s and 50s, and on Wednesday Richard Pierson spins his 60s output. Finally, on Thursday occasional Reader contributor and gallery owner John Corbett and the great German visual artist and occasional musician Albert Oehlen (who has show at Corbett vs. Dempsey opening October 28) will spin Davis music from the 70s and 80s. Admission each night is free.

Today's playlist:

Teresa Rampazzi, Musica Endoscopica (Die Schachtel)
Claude Thornhill & His Orchestra, Play the Great Jazz Arrangements of Gil Evans, Gerry Mulligan, and Ralph Aldrich (Fresh Sound)
Loris, The Cat From Cat Hill (Another Timbre)
Various artists, Dr. Boogie Presents Cool Cats (Sub Rosa)
David Ball, Sparkle City (Red Dirt/E1)

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