Miles Davis: Miles in Berlin

Miles Davis: Miles in Berlin
Miles in Berlin

Miles had dismissed Sam Rivers, and Wayne Shorter—whom he had been trying to hire
away from Art Blakey for four years—was finally free. Here was the man needed by his
driving rhythm section to rip apart the conventions of “modern” jazz, which wasn’t all
that modern anymore. Wayne was already highly respected, the musical director of the
well-known Jazz Messengers, but also a poet-saxophonist who was searching for interior
worlds and could not be satisfied with the forceful simplicity of hard bop. His lyricism,
taste for abstraction, and sense of space gave him an affinity with his new employer.
Miles would help him give flight to the fantasies pervading his every phrase as well as
the structures of his solos, and which fully resonated with the foundations that the
triumvirate Hancock-Carter-Williams constantly reinvented. Beginning with this concert
in Berlin, one of the first given by the newly reorganized quintet, a certain alchemy took
over, perhaps reaching its summit in the tenor solo on “Walkin’,” whose frenetic tempo
at times practically disintegrates.
Original issue: CBS LP SBPG 62976
on February 1,1965 in Germany
Producer: Rudy Wolpert
Engineer: Recorded by SFB Radio, Berlin
Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ts);
Herbie Hancock (p); Ron Carter (b);
Tony Williams (d)
Recorded live at the Berlin Philharmonie,
Berlin, Germany on September 25, 1964

1 Milestones
2 Autumn Leaves
3 So What
4 Stella by Starlight
5 Walkin'
6 Go-Go (Theme And Announcement)
Producers: Michael Cuscuna , Bob Belden


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