Friday, July 22, 2011

Miles Davis Quintet: Live In Europe 1967 - The Bootleg Series Vol.1


I know I rarely (or ever) post about Jazz on here but it's not for lack of love; John Coltrane's A Love Supreme for example is my favorite album of all time of any genre. The main reason for its absence is due to the fact that there just isn't that much (or any) free Jazz albums being released (and I'm talking the money-free kind, not the Cecil Taylor-free kind.) This is why I put the free Jazz song of the day widget in the lower right hand section of my blog.

Besides the odd new release here and there my main passion for Jazz existed for the rare and unreleased material from old legends such as Trane, Mingus, Gordon, Ornette etc. Whenever something was found from the archives or newly remastered to glorious new sound I rabidly ate them up faster than you can scat the opening line to My Favorite Things. Out of all the genres out there Jazz is probably the only one whose live releases I actually enjoy. Since no two Jazz performances are ever the same hearing the different variations done live are a refreshing revelation and theres often legendary and inspiring performances that get magically captured this way (see Paul Gonsalves' performance on the legendary "Ellington At Newport 1956" album.) But sadly its getting harder and harder to pull out unreleased material from thin air as most of the old gems have been mined to death, and so the material getting released of late has been few and far between.

Segue to this new live bootleg series being released from the Miles Davis Quintet. Miles Davis is easily the most popular Jazz musician of all time and you would think everything that's ever been touched by this man has seen the light of day. Fortunately for all of us there's still some pretty good bootleg live recordings out there to be found as evidenced by this upcoming boxset. This release documents the 1967 European tour of Miles Davis' Quintet (who were responsible for many amazing albums such as E.S.P., Miles Smiles, Sorcerer and Nefertiti.) This was his second Quintet and included Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, and Herbie Hancock.


This 3 CD/DVD set contains 5 concerts that were recorded by European state-owned radio and television outlets. The majority of the material here have never been released commercially and most of it is seeing its first full and/or authorized release. The other great thing about Jazz is that most of their albums contain exhaustive and informative liner notes and even the release notes for this set is too much to print here, check out the links below to get the full details of the release and to pre-order it now with free shipping!

Pre-Order Here:
Live In Europe 1967 - The Bootleg Series Vol.1

More Info Here:
http://www.milesdavis.com/

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