At Newport 1955-1975. The Bootleg Series Vol. 4

DiscoAt Newport 1955-1975. The Bootleg Series Vol. 4
Year1955/75 [2015]
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Original folder name: Miles Davis - Miles Davis At Newport 1955-1975. The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 (2015) [FLAC] {4CD}
Miles Davis - Miles Davis At Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 (2015) [4CD Set] {Columbia}
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Miles Davis - Miles Davis At Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 (2015) [4CD Set] {Columbia}
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Jazz / Bop / Hard Bop / Modal Music / Jazz Funk / Fusion / Trumpet

“Miles Davis’ 20-year association as an artist at impresario George Wein’s renowned Newport Jazz Festival is a thriving tradition celebrated with the release of MILES DAVIS AT NEWPORT 1955-1975: THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 4, released 60 years to the date since Davis’ breakthrough performance at Newport in 1955. The four-CD box set is comprised of live performances by Miles’ stellar band lineups in 1955, 1958, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, and 1975, in Newport, Rhode Island, New York City, Berlin, and Switzerland. (All tracks previously unreleased, except where otherwise indicated).”

“The newest entry in Columbia/Legacy Recordings' critically-acclaimed Miles Davis Bootleg Series, NEWPORT 1955-1975 clocks in at 296 minutes, nearly four hours of which is previously unreleased. From Miles' debut performance at NJF in 1955 (a hastily arranged jam session featuring Thelonious Monk and Gerry Mulligan, that immediately led to the trumpeter's Columbia signing), to his final public perform¬ance of the '70s in 1975 (at Lincoln Center during NJF-NY, the singular "Mtume" named for Miles' favored percussion¬ist of that decade), the box set traces the ascendance of Miles' music as the ne plus ultra of jazz. The full-length concert performances alone of Miles' famed "Kind Of Blue" Sextet (with Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb), and second great quintet in '66 and '67 (with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams) represent templates that reverberate in jazz and popular music to this day.”

“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. ”

tracklist & personnel:

CD 1: (July 17, 1955: Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI)
01. Spoken Introductions by Duke Ellington and Gerry Mulligan
02. Hackensack
03. ’Round Midnight (previously released)
04. Now’s The Time
All-Star Jam Session: Miles Davis, trumpet; Zoot Sims, tenor saxophone; Gerry Mulligan, baritone saxophone; Thelonious Monk, piano; Percy Heath, bass; Connie Kay, drums.

(July 3, 1958: Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI)
05. Spoken Introduction by Willis Conover (previously released)
06. Ah-Leu-Cha (previously released)
07. Straight, No Chaser (previously released)
08. Fran-Dance (previously released)
09. Two Bass Hit (previously released)
10. Bye Bye Blackbird (previously released)
11. The Theme (previously released)
Miles Davis, trumpet; Cannonball Adderley, alto saxophone; John Coltrane, tenor saxophone; Bill Evans, piano; Paul Chambers, bass; Jimmy Cobb, drums.

CD 2: (July 4, 1966: Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI)
01. Gingerbread Boy
02. All Blues
03. Stella By Starlight
04. R.J.
05. Seven Steps To Heaven
06. The Theme / Closing Announcement by Leonard Feather

(July 2, 1967: Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI)
07. Spoken Introduction by Del Shields
08. Gingerbread Boy
09. Footprints
10. ’Round Midnight
11. So What
12. The Theme / Closing Announcement by Del Shields
1966 & 1967: Miles Davis, trumpet; Wayne Shorter, tenor saxophone; Herbie Hancock, piano; Ron Carter, bass; Tony Williams, drums.

CD 3: (July 5, 1969: Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI)
01. Miles Runs The Voodoo Down (previously released)
02. Sanctuary (previously released)
03. It’s About That Time / The Theme (previously released)
Miles Davis, trumpet; Chick Corea, electric piano; Dave Holland, bass; Jack DeJohnette, drums.

(November 1, 1973: Newport Jazz Festival In Europe, Berlin)
04. Spoken Introduction by Ronnie Scott / Band Warming Up
05. Turnaroundphrase
06. Tune In 5
07. Ife
08. Untitled Original
09. Tune In 5 / Closing Announcement by Ronnie Scott
Miles Davis, trumpet, organ; Dave Liebman, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute; Pete Cosey, guitar, percussion; Reggie Lucas, guitar; Michael Henderson, electric bass; Al Foster, drums; James Mtume Forman, percussion.

(July 1, 1975: Newport Jazz Festival – NY, Avery Fisher Hall)
10. Mtume
Miles Davis, trumpet, organ; Sam Morrison, tenor saxophone; Pete Cosey, guitar, percussion; Reggie Lucas, guitar; Michael Henderson, electric bass; Al Foster, drums; James Mtume Forman, percussion.

CD 4: (October 22, 1971 : Newport Jazz Festival In Europe, Neue Stadthalle, Dietikon, Switzerland)
01. Directions
02. What I Say
03. Sanctuary
04. It’s About That Time
05. Bitches Brew
06. Funky Tonk
07. Sanctuary
Miles Davis, trumpet; Gary Bartz, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone; Keith Jarrett, electric piano, organ; Michael Henderson, electric bass; Ndugu Leon Chancler, drums; Don Alias, percussion; James Mtume Forman, percussion.