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Miles Davis at Newport: 1955-1975 - The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4

Miles Davis at Newport: 1955-1975 - The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4

by Miles Davis Miles Davis
Miles Davis at Newport: 1955-1975 - The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4

Miles Davis at Newport: 1955-1975 - The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4

by Miles Davis Miles Davis


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The fourth volume in the ongoing Miles Davis live Bootleg Series, 2015's Miles Davis at Newport: 1955-1975 is a four-disc anthology that brings together all of the legendary trumpeter's live recordings captured at the storied Newport Jazz Festival. Founded by organizer George Wein in 1954, the Newport Jazz Festival grew into one of the premier music festivals in the world, thanks in no small part to Wein's longstanding association with Davis. With Wein's support and famous dedication to encouraging artistic experimentation, Davis would return to the festival throughout the most creatively vital years of his career. Although he first appeared at the festival in 1955, unbilled, ostensibly as part of an all-star group featuring pianist Thelonious Monk and saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, it was his star-making rendition of "'Round Midnight" (the microphone buried deep in his trumpet to overcome sound-system issues) that landed him a record deal with Columbia and marked his ascent as one of the most innovative and important figures in music history. Miles Davis at Newport details the association between Davis and the festival, each performance serendipitously documenting his ever-morphing sound, from swinging cool jazz in the '50s to aggressive, free jazz-influenced modal bop in the '60s and finally to funky, acid-soaked fusion in the '70s. As with the previous Bootleg Series sets, many of the tracks on Miles Davis at Newport have been available either officially or unofficially in some configuration for decades. Nonetheless, this collection does contain several previously unreleased cuts, including an epic 1966 version of "Stella by Starlight." Showcasing Davis' transformative second great quintet with pianist Herbie Hancock, saxophonist Wayne Shorter, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams, the track begins as an atmospheric rubato ballad and ends with Davis and his group having blown out the walls of the song's form with frenetic glee, a move that foreshadows the darker, psych-rock-infused sound Davis would debut with his next appearance. Captured just six weeks before the recording sessions for his landmark fusion album Bitches Brew, Davis' 1969 Newport date is a roiling, funky performance, marked by Chick Corea's dewy Fender Rhodes and Jack DeJohnette's whirlwind percussion. By this time, Davis had eschewed the jazz standards-based lyricism of his 1958 appearance, favoring instead an open-ended, groove-oriented sound punctuated by the outward squelch of his horn. The collection ends with three of Davis' post-Bitches Brew performances, two recorded in Europe in 1971 and 1973 and one at New York's Avery Fisher Hall in 1975. With Davis' trumpet slathered in the sticky swell of his wah-wah pedal and his group featuring saxophonist Dave Liebman and others, including not one but two electric guitarists with Pete Cosey and Reggie Lucas, these performances mark the apotheosis of a creative journey that began at Newport two decades earlier.

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/17/2015
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0888750819529
catalogNumber: 508195
Rank: 62987


Disc 1

  1. Spoken Introductions by Duke Ellington and Gerry Mulligan
  2. Hackensack
  3. 'Round Midnight
  4. Now's the Time
  5. Introduction By Willis Connover
  6. Ah-Leu-Cha
  7. Straight, No Chaser
  8. Fran-Dance
  9. Two Bass Hit
  10. Bye Bye Blackbird
  11. The Theme

Disc 2

  1. Gingerbread Boy
  2. All Blues
  3. Stella by Starlight
  4. R.J.
  5. Seven Steps to Heaven
  6. The Theme/Closing Announcement by Leonard Feather
  7. Spoken Introduction by Del Shields
  8. Gingerbread Boy
  9. Footprints
  10. 'Round Midnight
  11. So What
  12. The Theme/Closing Announcement by Del Shields

Disc 3

  1. Miles Runs the Voodoo Down
  2. Sanctuary
  3. It's About That Time/The Theme
  4. Band Warming Up/Voice Over Introduction
  5. Turnaroundphrase
  6. Tune In 5
  7. Ife
  8. Untitled Original
  9. Tune In 5 (Reprise)
  10. Mtume

Disc 4

  1. Directions
  2. What I Say
  3. Sanctuary
  4. It's About That Time
  5. Bitches Brew
  6. Funky Tonk
  7. Sanctuary (Reprise)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miles Davis   Primary Artist,Organ,Trumpet
Cannonball Adderley   Alto Saxophone
Gary Bartz   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Ron Carter   Bass
Jack DeJohnette   Drums
Bill Evans   Piano
Herbie Hancock   Piano
Dave Holland   Bass
Keith Jarrett   Organ,Electric Piano
Gerry Mulligan   Baritone Saxophone
Wayne Shorter   Tenor Saxophone
Tony Williams   Drums
Sam Morrison   Tenor Saxophone
Reggie Lucas   Guitar
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Connie Kay   Drums
Percy Heath   Bass
Don Alias   Percussion
Paul Chambers   Bass
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Drums
John Coltrane   Tenor Saxophone
Armando Anthony Corea   Electric Piano
Pete Cosey   Guitar,Percussion
Foster   Drums
Michael Henderson   Electric Bass
David Liebman   Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
James Mtume   Percussion
Thelonious Monk   Piano
Zoot Sims   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Ron Carter   Composer
Miles Davis   Composer
Victor Feldman   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Jimmy Heath   Composer
John Lewis   Composer
Wayne Shorter   Composer
Cootie Williams   Composer
George Wein   Producer
Michael Cuscuna   Producer
Reice Hamel   Engineer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Teo Macero   Producer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Richard Seidel   Producer
Ned Washington   Composer
Vince Wilburn   Executive Producer
Victor Young   Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
David Redfern   Back Cover
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
Mort Dixon   Composer
Ashley Kahn   Liner Notes
Adjutor Theroux   Engineer
Nell Mulderry   Direction
Steve Berkowitz   Producer
Cheryl Davis   Executive Producer
Jeffrey Schulberg   Music Business Affairs
Buddy Graham   Engineer
Heinz Wehrle   Producer
Erin Davis   Executive Producer
Klaus Koenig   Engineer

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