May 18, 2010 – 3:43 am


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Kyoto 1964 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Maruyama Ongaku-do Hall, Kyoto, Japan, July 15, 1964. Sounds like a very good soundboard but there are some who say this is an audience recording. Speed corrected by flambay.

Reviewing Miles In Tokyo at, Germein Linares wrote: “There are times on this recording when one might understand why Davis and Rivers never meshed, and times when the partnership is quite wonderful, though brief… Months after this concert in September of ‘64, the definitive version of the second great quintet, with Wayne Shorter on tenor, finally took form. The almost-second great quintet heard on Miles in Tokyo is an aberration, a rare gem, and worth investigating.”

Over at, the comments on Miles In Tokyo: “[Miles] let himself be persuaded to hire Sam Rivers whose musical tastes were still ambiguous; although he was three years older than Miles, Rivers still had the body of his work ahead of him. Rivers had grown up with bop, but showed an inclination for free jazz, which he never abandoned. In his company, Miles visited Japan for the first time and showed a special respect for Japanese audiences, for whom he temporarily gave up his habit of leaving the stage during other musicians’ solos. Some even saw in this deference an explanation for the moderation of the quintet’s risk-taking. The remarks that Sam Rivers made on the bebop nature of the group - although he himself seemed relatively conventional - corroborated the hypothesis of a lack of understanding between two avant-gardes, each indifferent to the other and each with a different perspective. Their confrontation, however, remains no less gripping.”

Saxophonist Sam Rivers only played with Miles Davis for a short time in 1964. Most fans remember him from the Miles In Tokyo album. Here is another set from that Japan tour. The wikipedia noted: “Rivers’ playing style was too free to be compatible with Davis’s music at this point…”

Thanks to poiuyt and flambay for sharing the tracks on the Dime site back in 2006. In some versions of this recording, thre is a diginoise glitch on Track 2 around 5:47. That has been removed, as flambay noted: “you’ll be hearing a mere plop…”

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Track 01. If I Were A Bell 10:41 (15.0MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 02. Oleo 5:23 (7.4MB)
Track 03. Stella By Starlight 8:58 (12.3MB)
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Track 04. Walkin’ 7:21 (10.1MB)
Track 05. All Of You 10:01 (13.7MB)
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Track 06. Seven Steps To Heaven (inc.) 2:38 (3.6MB)

Miles Davis - trumpet
Sam Rivers - tenor sax
Herbie Hancock - piano
Ron Carter - bass
Tony Williams - drums

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  1. 5 Responses to “MILES DAVIS - KYOTO 1964”

  2. hey bigo, thanks!!! 27 miles boots now. keep them coming. i’ll get them all. i have the drive space.

    first comment!


    By Ed Saad on May 18, 2010

  3. More wonderful explorations from the amazing Second Great Quintet. (well, practically the Second Great Quintet-no Wayne Shorter) Still, remarkable playing from a time when jazz was changing so fast, in so many directions. Sound quality isn’t quite as good as the Tokyo show, but I’m not complaining! Thanks for these historical gems!

    By Slidewell on May 18, 2010

  4. Every concert by this great quintet is worth hearing. Jazz does not get much better. Thank you so much for posting this.

    By Jack K on May 21, 2010

  5. The very fact that Miles took on Sam Rivers, even for a brief stint, is jazz history. I wish this recording, or all the recordings of them together are available in CD form. Maybe Rivers scared Miles…. who really knows.

    By Navroze Contractor on Feb 22, 2011

  6. Wayne Shorter already had the gig according to Sam in an interview with Wire magazine(Issue 217) ,though Rivers did not know this at the time.He was just filling in until Shorter finished with Art Blakey.Sam Rivers was on the road as music director for T-Bone Walker at the time when Tony Williams put his name in for the job after George Coleman quit.

    By frank on Feb 22, 2011

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