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Davis, Miles – “Live In Rome & Copenhagen 1969” – [Gambit Records]

abacus   6/5/2012   CD, Jazz

Previously unreleased live recordings from Oct 26-Nov 9, 1969 European tour after recording In a Silent Way and before heading back into the studios for Bitches Brew. Miles appears here with Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette a quintet he called “a bad motherfucker” (though he used that phrase for just about everything). Miles was disappointed Columbia hadn’t recorded anything from this tour, however he was unaware that European TV and radio stations, along with some audience members had recorded pieces of the tour and so here we have excerpts from a performance in Rome at the Teatro Sistina on Oct 27 (CD1 and CD2 trks 1-3) and one at the Tivoli Konstertsal in Copenhagen on Nov 4 (CD2 trks 4-8). The recording quality isn’t great and we only get pieces but this fills a small hole in the recorded history of this master, arguably at a peak in his career. The Copenhagen concert has better recording quality and I think a better performance (one complete recording!).

PGM: CD 1 (1-3, 5-7) tracks , CD 2 (1-2, 4-8) tracks

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