Miles At The Fillmore – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Volume 3 compiles four incendiary nights at New York City’s legendary Fillmore East, as breathtaking a series of concerts as any the then-dominant counter-culture could offer, then and perhaps even now.
This isn’t easy listening jazz, but then Davis surely never was. Instead, the release offers a glimpse into the remarkable interplay between remarkable musicians, with Davis at the forefront and as in charge as ever.
There are hints of Sly Stone and Jimi Hendrix and the soul and funk that was only beginning to scratch the surface of mainstream music in 1970, throughout the four nights of concerts, presented in their entirety over 4 CDs (with a few unreleased gems from Davis’s Fillmore West concerts thrown in for good measure). But like Ravi Shankar or The Beatles, or any of the other oft-imitated pioneers of the era, this is music that only Miles Davis could make.