MORE ELECTRIC MILES

May 13, 2009 – 4:19 am

The big band sound of Miles Davis is very distinctive, either you love it or you hate it.

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MILES DAVIS SEPTET
Rotterdam Jazz Festival 1973 [no label, 2CD]

Live at De Doelen, Rotterdam, Netherlands,  November 17, 1973. This is not an onstage recording but made with a portable Philips tape recorder. Philips doesn’t make them this good anymore.

This is a followup to our previous Miles Davis Rainbow Theatre 1973 show posted earlier. That show was said to be recorded by Dave Liebman with a recorder on the floor of the stage.

According to jkeisers who shared this show at Dime, “Ruud Kuyper [in his book Miles Davis Dichterbij] describes that the concert took place on a very cold night. The band played extremely loud and after 15 minutes, about half of the audience walked out angrily. Some of them demanded their money back from Paul Acket, the organizer of the concert.”

That’s unsurprising as Sarah Vaughan opened the show and fans must have been expecting something much “lighter”. What they got was a freaking mutant jazz sound, totally loud and atonal, running nowhere near Kind-Of-Blue Miles.

Which probably explains why none of this was ever released in the U.S. despite many professional recordings of his 1973 European sets for radio broadcast. His record company was equally baffled. Thankfully they didn’t own the radio recordings. We should be grateful music fans recorded some of these shows on the portable cassette recorders of the time.

This recording hasn’t been in circulation before. A very good representation of jazz rock, which was how it was labelled back then. Many thanks to jkeisers who put this into circulation.
- Professor Red

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.

Disc 1
stage noise, introduction (01:39) (2.2MB)
Moja (10:16) (10.4MB)
Tune in 5 (06:39) (9.1MB)
Nne (08:59) (12.3MB)
Ife (nc - tape flip) (16:51) (24.3MB)

Disc 2
Right Off (nc - tape flip) (13:52) (20.0MB)
Wili (16:07) (23.2MB)
Calypso Frelimo (08:59) (12.3MB)

total time: 83:22m

“Moja” and “Nne” are also known as “Turnaroundphrase”.
“Wili” is also known as “For Dave” and “Mr. Foster”.

Lineup:
Miles Davis (tp, kb)
Dave Liebman (ss, ts, fl)
Pete Cosey (g, pc)
Reggie Lucas (g)
Michael Henderson (b)
Al Foster (d)
James “Mtume” Foreman (pc)

Miles’ electric period was finally released only in Japan in 1977 with Dark Magus. It captured his gig at Carnegie Hall a year later, 1974. Astonishingly, it was ignored in America until 1997 when it saw a 2CD release. Buy it here.

  1. 3 Responses to “MORE ELECTRIC MILES”

  2. Thanks for all your efforts!

    By Mihailo on Jun 11, 2009

  3. Thank you once again. :)

    By Paul on May 31, 2013

  4. only the Bigozine links work.

    By niko on Mar 23, 2016

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