1970-06-17 New York (Complete Wednesday Miles at Fillmore)

Disco1970-06-17 New York (Complete Wednesday Miles at Fillmore)
VenueUSA, Fillmore East, New York, NY
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July 28, 2008 – 11:23 am

Complete Wednesday Miles at Fillmore [So What! sw-087]
Live at Fillmore East Auditorium, New York, June 17, 1970. An excellent stereo soundboard.

When Miles Davis was competing with rock to see who would come out tops at the turn of the ’60s, he played like a demon possessed. His band of young guns included Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Dave Holland and Airto Moreira and many others. Davis placed himself outside of the traditional jazz venues and insinuated himself into the Fillmore to play alongside the Grateful Dead, Neil Young and Jimi Hendrix.

The tone of his recordings can be seen by the album titles that were issued at the time - Live - Evil, Black Beauty, Dark Magus, Bitches Brew and later the ethnic sounding Agharta and Pangaea. Davis was pounding, slugging, fighting to be heard.

He released two live albums in 1970, Black Beauty in April and At Fillmore in June. This is how At Fillmore was assembled:

“This double-LP/CD package puts together selections from each night [June 17-20], without regard for repetition. It’s fine that there are numerous performances of certain tunes: the problem is that, although the music is compelling, it’s schizophrenic because there are no full performances on the final release; they were all edited severely (as was standard practice by Teo Macero and Davis).

All Music Guide’s Tom Jurek continues: “Rather than the long jams that fans and foes had been accustomed to hearing, presented here are snippets taken from the heart of the performances, such as two and a half minutes from ‘Directions’ and eight from the center of ‘It’s About That Time’ (which sounds a hell of a lot like Weather Report’s ‘125th Street Congress’ from Sweetnighter).

“To compound this, when the music from Friday night actually collects some of the music from Thursday night - different segments are edited within tunes, the grooves don’t necessarily match and for this set (unlike many other live Miles dates) just as a composition starts to gel, it segues into another rather abruptly.”

Collectors were finally given the complete uncut performances when So What! released three of the four nights without cuts. This show covers the Wednesday night performance on June 17. So What!, a Japanese bootleg label, has also offered Complete Friday and Saturday Miles At Fillmore, covering the shows on June 19 and 20. The Thursday show has not surfaced.

By the way, The Miles Davis Septet opened for Laura Nyro on all four nights. The septet played between 45 and 60 minutes each evening.

All thanks to So What!. This is a high quality soundboard recording.
- The Little Chicken

Track 01. Introduction by Bill Graham/ Directions
Track 02. The Mask
Track 03. It’s About That Time
Track 04. Bitches Brew/The Theme

Miles Davis (tp)
Steve Grossman (ss)
Chick Corea (elp)
Keith Jarrett (org)
Dave Holland (elb)
Jack DeJohnette (ds)
Airto Moreira (per)