The December 2016 issue of DownBeat has rated Miles Davis Quintet – Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series Vol. 5 with five stars, writing, “For students, fans, lovers of all things Miles, this music is revelatory, a must-have. … Here’s hoping there are more of these ‘bootlegs’ to come.”
In the same issue, the previous box set in the series, Miles Davis At Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4, has been voted at #3 for Historical Album of the Year in the 81st DownBeat Readers Poll. In August, Bootleg Vol. 4 won the 64th Annual DownBeat Magazine International Critics Poll for Best Historical Album.
Bootleg Vol. 4 is the fourth Miles Davis box set in this series to be recognized by DownBeat readers. Prior wins include Miles At The Fillmore: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3 (2014), Live In Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2 (2013), and Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1 (2012) for “Best Historical Album” in the annual Readers Poll.