The new 4CD box set, Miles At The Fillmore – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3, has hit #1 on both the Top Current Jazz and Current Traditional Jazz Albums Charts!
The new box set continues to receive rave reviews:
Best New Reissue – 8.8 out of 10. The appeal of the Miles At The Fillmore material is obvious: This is an amazing band and they rip, but they never leave traditional ideas of rhythm and melody behind. There are extended soundscape passages in “Bitches Brew” and “The Mask” that are more about experiments in timbre, exploring how jazz improvisation can become the furthest-out space music possible, but the best of this set comes in hearing these players creating a new sound that remains immediate. – Pitchfork
But what makes the official release of this music important isn’t the quantity of the raw material; it’s the illumination cast on the band and all the ways it slithers or explodes from one moment to the next. Davis, in tough, resolute form on trumpet, had a monster of a lineup that summer, and he knew it. … This is music utterly of its moment, but ahead of its time. – The New York Times
Heard in its complete, unruly, sometimes crazed glory, Miles At The Fillmore shows just how furious the evolutionary pace of his music was at this point. … Miles didn’t want to re-create or even approximate the originals; he wanted this band to jam out, and that they do with aggressive, gleeful abandon. The result is music of wild color and barely controlled chaos. … While there are moments of crystalline beauty, this is for the most part music of abrasive intensity. – The Boston Globe
Davis himself sounds inspired throughout, with a rich and confident tone, mixing up long tones, licks and quick staccato notes like a middle weight boxer working an opponent into a corner. … This one, like the previous Bootlegs, is a keeper! – Jazz Weeekly
It’s strange to think that music recorded 45 years ago still sounds way ahead of our time, let alone the time in which it was made. … Davis was playing the future, not the past, and on the strength of a remarkable third volume in Sony’s Bootleg Series, the present is still catching up. – The Arts Desk