Miles Davis: "Four" & More

Miles Davis: "Four" & More
"Four" & More

One year after the album of ballads My Funny Valentine, Columbia released the most
spirited numbers from the concert at Philharmonic Hall. The quintet had begun playing
these pieces in the most extreme tempos, which Tony Williams, ignoring his high hat,
sparked using only a ride cymbal in unison with the double bass. The ding-a-ding of
the ride cymbal rang out, subject to prodigious arithmetical flights that were broken
intermittently by the insane equations exchanged by the drums, the piano, and the double
bass. Over the months, Miles Davis had developed a taste for these traps that his
young cohorts liked to set for each other. Only George Coleman resisted this collective
fever. With an eagle’s rapacious majesty, he soared over the quintet’s harmonic and
rhythmic leaps with an ease and elegance that indicated the great care the saxophonist
took to prepare his solos. His fellow musicians reproached him for his reserve,
in direct contrast to their own risk taking. “I don’t pay you for rehearsing in hotel rooms
but for playing on stage,” Miles supposedly told him.
Original issue: Columbia LP CS 9253
on January 17, 1966
Producer: Teo Macero
Engineer: Fred Plaut
Miles Davis (tpt); George Coleman (ts);
Herbie Hancock (p); Ron Carter (b);
Tony Williams (d)
Recorded live at Philharmonic Hall,
Lincoln Center, NYC on February 12, 1964
at a benefit concert for voter registration
in Mississippi and Louisiana sponsored
by the NAACP Defense Fund, The Congress
for Racial Equality, and the Student
Non-violent Coordinating Committee

1 So What (Live)
2 Walkin' (Live)
2 Tout De Suite
3 Joshua (Live)
4 Go-Go (Theme And Announcement) (Live)
5 Four (Live)
5 Walkin'
6 Seven Steps To Heaven (Live)
7 There Is No Greater Love (Live)
8 Go-Go (Theme And Announcement) (Live)


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