This month offers two distinct looks at Davis' legacy, one a rewarding dip into the live vaults while the other uses the jazz legend's music as a springboard into something more exotic.
The first, released Tuesday, is the beginning of a planned series of "Bootleg" sets that includes three 1967 concerts by Davis' vaunted "Second Great Quintet." ...It's arresting to hear this one-of-a-kind-band in its element.
The new deluxe 3CD + DVD package "Miles Davis Quintet - Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1" is available in stores starting today! Now is your chance to own authorized audio recordings of the Second Great Quintet performing full-length concerts in Antwerp, Copenhagen, and Paris, and video of concert sets in Karlsruhe and Stockholm.
If you missed it, check out the Miles Davis Live In Europe 1967 Video Trailer below:
On Monday, the St. Louis Miles Davis Festival presented a jam session featuring East St. Louis Senior High School's "Miles To Go" Jazztet. The event, in honor of Miles Davis, was designed to educate and raise money for young jazz musicians, while appealing to all generations of music fans. You can read an article about the Festival in the Riverfront Times.
Check out The Morton Report's review of Miles Davis Quintet - Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1", which will hit stores beginning September 20th!
Around that time everything was in flux. Music, politics, race relations, everything. Nobody seemed to know where things were going: everybody seemed confused— even a lot of artists and musicians who all of a sudden seemed to have more freedom than we ever had to do our own thing. — Miles Davis on the year 1967
CAMI Music has joined forces with Miles Davis Properties, LLC and Blue Note Records to present The Miles Davis Experience: 1949-1959, "a new immersive musical and historical production" that will recapture this critical period of American history through a historical and cultural context.
Miles Davis. Everyone knows that name. The five-man band he led in the mid-1960s — the "Second Great Quintet" — was one of the best he ever had. Now you can listen to the first disc of the "Miles Davis Quintet - Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1" 3CD + DVD set, in stores beginning on September 20th. When it's time to move on to the next tune, Davis bursts forth with its melody, and a new adventure begins. Listen at NPR.org.
Check out a cool interview with Vince Wilburn, Jr. and announcer Greg Conroy today on WSIE Jazz 88.7 FM from the home of Miles Davis. Vince will talk about his "Uncle Miles," the legacy, hometown memories in E. St. Louis, IL ... and the Miles Davis Festival at BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups, downtown-St.Louis on Sept. 19th.
Listen globally to the live stream at WSIERadio.com.
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Vince Wilburn, Jr. (nephew of Miles Davis) re-connected with close family friend and Miles collaborator, Quincy Jones, Wednesday night at the Hollywood Bowl.
The New York Times has published a stellar review of "Miles Davis Quintet - Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1," which will be in stores everywhere starting September 20, 2011. The newspaper writes that the collection "captures Davis's finest working band at its apogee ... the music sounds staggeringly contemporary, pointing toward some crucial attributes of our present jazz era even as it ratifies, more firmly than ever, the singular dynamism of Davis's 1960s quintet.
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