My favorite period of Miles is his electric period, in which he merged acid rock and funk. This show captures Miles at one of his many peaks in his incredible career.
I Fall In Love Too Easily
Miles Runs The Voodoo Down > The Theme
I Fall In Love Too Easily
It’s About That Time
For my money it doesn’t get much better than Miles’ Bitches Brew band of ’69-’70. Have you ever heard their version of CSN’s Guinevere? Good stuff. Anyway, in Hidden Track’s latest installment of Stormy Mondays, they focus on the aforementioned Miles period. Check it out here.
One of the coolest cats to ever walk this earth would have been 83 today. Miles pioneered jazz with his Kind Of Blue album and continued to blow the lid off the jazz world throughout the rest of his life. A trumpeteer, composer and band leader extrordinaire, Miles also gave birth to the rock-fusion genre. Click here to download/stream a Miles show from 1967.
When thinking of Bobby McFerrin, most people either think of The Cosby Show intro song or of the “feel good” staple, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”. Maybe watching Bobby emulate Miles Davis’ classic performance of the Thelonious Monk classic, “‘Round Midnight”, will change or alter a view opinions.
1967 is a unique year for Miles Davis. It’s the year before acid rock and psychedelic jazz merged by ways of John McLaughlin and Miles Davis. In ’67 Davis was still implementing classic scale runs and only flirting with the opening of Pandora’s box of psychedelic jazz that he threw open in ’68.
Miles from ’67 with Footprints:
Miles with ‘Round Midnight:
Miles Davis from 10/30/1967 here.
On Green Dolphin Street
A style of music, native to America, characterized by a strong but flexible rhythmic understructure with solo and ensemble improvisations on basic tunes and chord patterns and, more recently, a highly sophisticated harmonic idiom.
Tracing the origins of jazz by RedHotJazz:
Tracing the origins of Jazz in the formative years (1895-1917) is not an easy task. Recordings of Jazz did not begin until 1917, and even then the severe technical limitations of the primitive acoustical recording equipment distorted the true sound of the bands as they would have been heard in person. Ear-witness accounts of early Jazz bands of the turn of the century, like Buddy Bolden’s band, vary widely. Nothing that they played was written and even if it was, it would be of little value. No musical notation has yet been devised that accurately describes the feel of an improvised performance. (Continue Reading…)
Some great quotes from jazz musicians:
“Jazz is the big brother of the Revolution” -Miles Davis
“Jazz has always been like the kind of man you wouldn’t want your daughter to associate with.” -Duke Ellington
“Life is a lot like jazz–it’s best when you improvise.” -George Gershwin
“It’s a shame that jazz is now being turned into dried fruit. It’s becoming quantized, diced, and defined. To me, jazz is more like a process than it is a thing,” -Pat Metheny
“I don’t know where jazz is going. You can’t make anything go anywhere. It just happens.” -Thelonius Monk
Miles Davis performs “Tutu”:
John Coltrane performs “My Favorite Things”:
Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five”:
Miles Dewey Davis died on this date in 1991. The world has been without Miles for 17 years, but his recordings that not only redefined and reshaped jazz, have inspired generations of musicians. His accolades and awards are far too many to list, but Miles truly was the birth of cool. Here are some videos that showcase the man.
“Walkin’” in 1967:
At the Isle Of Wight, 1970:
“So What” on the Steve Allen show in 1964:
Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ss, ts); Chick Corea (el-p); Dave Holland (b, el-b); Jack De Johnette (d)
Recorded live in 1969:
Miles Davis – Trumpet, John McLaughlin – Guitar, Wayne Shorter – Sax
Jack De Johnette – Drums, Chick Corea – Keys, Dave Holland – Bass
Often cited as one of Davis’ best-selling albums and masterpieces, Bitches Brew marked a turning point in modern jazz. Upon release, it received mixed criticism from fans and critics, alike, due to the album’s unconventional style and revolutionary sound. Later on, Bitches Brew gained recognition as one of jazz’s greatest albums and a progenitor of the jazz rock genre, as well as a major influence on rock and funk musicians. In 1998, Columbia Records released The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions, a four-disc box set that included the original album as well as ensuing studio sessions through February 1970.
With his Bitches Brew band.
Miles Davis – Trumpet
Wayne Shorter – Sax
Jack De Johnette – Drums
Chick Corea – Keys
Dave Holland – Bass
I’m not the first person, nor the last to wonder, is/was Miles Davis the coolest man on the planet. Well, Miles left our planet in 1991, but his rich musical legacy lives on. From Kind Of Blue to Sketches Of Spain to Bitches Brew to Down On The Corner and beyond, Miles was miles (sorry) above his peers. Here’s a show from ’73.
Here is a Miles show from 11/06/1967 with his quintet featuring: Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, Wayne Shorter on Sax, Tony Williams on drums and of course, Miles on trumpet.
01. ‘Round Midnight
02. No Blues
04. I Fall in Love Too Easily
07. On Green Dolphin Street
08. The Theme