Miles Davis live bootlegs issued as St. Louis celebrates his music
Next Tuesday, the Miles Davis vault opens once more to release an exciting live recording from his mid-1960s seminal second quintet period.
The release, Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1, showcases the live work of the second great quintet that featured saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Tony Williams. The first in the Columbia/Legacy series, which follows other releases by Columbia Records luminaries Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, features five concerts compiled on 3 CD's and 1 DVD. The performances source from a tour billed as "Newport Jazz Festival in Europe" which took place in only a week's time in the fall of 1967.
Watch the Miles Davis - Live In Europe The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1 Trailer
While this footage is not unfamiliar to the Miles Davis cognoscenti, this is the first time the footage will be officially released with the highest quality available. These state-owned broadcasts are available on the internet (as evidenced below) and have been bootlegged over the years, however, as the New York Times reported the box set does include one concert from the Tivolis Kocertsal in Copenhagen that has not been heard since even in bootleg form.
Miles Davis Quintet - Agitation (1967)
For those live Jazz fans in St. Louis don't miss the Miles Davis Festival being held at BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups (700 South Broadway) on Monday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. Presented by WSIE-FM (88.7) and Sony Legacy, the festival will honor Davis' 85th birthday and 20-year memorial of the passing of the legendary trumpeter from East St. Louis. Admission is $10.
The event features East St. Louis High School band director Delano Redmond’s Miles To Go Jazztet, a group of young standouts from the school's Jazz ensemble. Jamming with the group will be saxophone great Willie Akins plus East St. Louis Lincoln High alums–trumpeter Anthony Wiggins and Adaron Jackson on piano. Miles himself attended the now defunct Lincoln H.S. Half the proceeds goes to the young group of musicians.
In addition, award-winning multi-media artist Edna Patterson Petty will exhibit her latest work. And, poet Darlene Roy will co-host with up-and-coming vocalist and student Alyia Coates. The event also features a trivia contest and chances to win Miles Davis CD's. The Jazz Station, WSIE-FM (88.7) started promoting the event with special programming, interviews and giveaways throughout September. Contact event producer Deborah Granger for more details.