Miles Davis: Black Beauty: Miles Davis At Fillmore West

Miles Davis: Black Beauty: Miles Davis At Fillmore West
Black Beauty: Miles Davis At Fillmore West
1997
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The recording of this concert, not released until 1973 and only in Japan, took place on
April 10, 1970 at the Carousel Ballroom, where Bill Graham, the legendary west coast
impresario of psychedelic rock, had moved his Fillmore Auditorium in 1968. Steve
Grossman, who replaced Wayne Shorter, used only the soprano saxophone, an instrument
more capable than the tenor of penetrating the wall of sound produced by the decidedly
free and powerful rhythm section, which was pervaded by the electronic effects created
by Chick Corea’s electric piano. On its first release, the four sides were simply titled
“Black Beauty Part 1,” “Part 2,” etc. Admittedly, identifying these pieces, which flowed
into each other in an unbroken medley, was not easy. Although fragments of “I Fall in
Love Too Easily” and “The Theme” (Miles’ sign-off since the 50s) remained, he was in
the process of leaving behind his popular standards. Aside from the very abstract
“Masqualero” by Wayne Shorter and “Directions,” his habitual opening number borrowed
from Joe Zawinul, his program was drawn from In A Silent Way, Bitches Brew, and the
Jack Johnson sessions, completed three days before the concert.
Original issue: CBS/Sony LP (J) SOPJ 39/40
in 1973 in Japan
Producer: Teo Macero
Engineer: probably Stan Tonkel
Miles Davis (tpt); Steve Grossman (ss);
Chick Corea (el-p); Dave Holland (el-b);
Jack DeJohnette (d); Airto Moreira (perc)
Recorded live at the Fillmore West,
San Francisco, CA on April 10, 1970

Disc 1

1 Directions [a]
2 Miles Runs The Voodoo Down [b]
3 Willie Nelson [c]
4 I Fall In Love Too Easily [d]
5 Sanctuary [e]
6 It's About That Time [f]

Disc 2

1 Bitches Brew [a]
2 Masqualero [b]
3 Spanish Key/The Theme [c]

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