How do you follow one of the most successful and critically-acclaimed box sets of 2011? With a second volume! Today marks the release of Miles Davis Quintet – Live In Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2, a 3CD/1DVD box set featuring Miles’ “third great quintet,” and it’s already receiving rave reviews!
Capturing a single moment in the manic evolution of Miles Davis was like photographing a cheetah speeding across the Serengeti. He moved with such swift grace you could easily miss some of his most brilliant sprints. … Now comes something even more special. Live in Europe 1969 collects the sole known concert recordings of Miles’ “third great quintet.” … Any fan will devour them. – New York Daily News
Live in Europe 1969 documents the trumpeter’s restless exploration at liftoff. Two of the CDs are recordings taken a day apart in France, and while hearing the band tear through early takes on pillars from the trumpeter’s electric period such as “Miles Runs the Voodoo Down” and “Spanish Key,” it’s hearing the band upend some of Davis’ older material that may be most striking. … The two remaining discs include an intriguing date from Stockholm that features Corea on acoustic piano and a DVD documenting a burning 45-minute Berlin performance. The latter is not only notable for showcasing five masters in their prime but also as visual affirmation that — in what feels like a bit of a surprise after listening — they actually walked among us. – Los Angeles Times
Think of it: Miles Davis on trumpet; Wayne Shorter on saxophone; Chick Corea on keyboards; Dave Holland on bass; Jack DeJohnette on drums. In one band.This was the line-up for the Miles Davis Quintet circa 1969-1970 – a cast of players that … were never captured in the studio by themselves. … We now have a time capsule of what is known as Davis’ “Third Great Quintet”. Live In Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Volume 2 finds the band on stage without a net rather than in the safer confines of the studio – and it’s the perfect setting to appreciate this line-up in all its power and glory. … This isn’t just history; this is brilliance. – Jambands.com