Miles Davis: Miles Davis In Concert: Live At Philharmonic Hall

Miles Davis: Miles Davis In Concert: Live At Philharmonic Hall
Miles Davis In Concert: Live At Philharmonic Hall

On September 29, 1972, Miles returned to Philharmonic Hall in New York to perform
some music created in the studio since the early sessions for On The Corner, and
several riffs from the period of Jack Johnson, which still remained in the repertoire.
While it is clear that Carlos Garnett and Reggie Lucas were not the high-quality soloists
Miles’ past performers were, his music was less involved with inviting solos than with
dwelling in the rudimentary and powerful grooves created by the drums of Al Foster
(who stayed loyal to Miles until 1984) and Michael Henderson’s bass. The trumpet
itself—when not relentlessly returning to the brief refrain from “Black Satin” or the
lamentations of “Ife”—abandoned the melodic ground. With the help of the wah-wah
pedal, Miles shaped its sound as though it were some kind of abstract clay, moving
closer to the most radical aspects of Jimi Hendrix’s guitar playing. Massively edited by
Teo Macero, these tracks appeared in a double album the following year; they aroused
perplexity, indeed hostility, in old admirers without, however, gaining any new fans.
Original issue: Columbia LP PG 32092
on March 30, 1973
Producer: Teo Macero
Engineer: Stan Tonkel
All compositions by Miles Davis
Miles Davis (tpt); Carlos Garnett (ss on disc 1,
track 1; ts on all other tracks); Reggie Lucas
(g); Khalil Balakrishna (el-sitar);
Cedric Lawson (el-p, synth);
Michael Henderson (el-b); Al Foster (d);
Badal Roy (tabla); Mtume (perc)
Recorded live at Philharmonic Hall, NYC
on September 29, 1972

Disc 1

1 Rated X [a]
2 Honky Tonk [b]
3 Theme from Jack Johnson [c]
4 Black Satin/The Theme [d]

Disc 2

1 Ife [a]
2 Right Off/The Theme [b]

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