February 10, 2010 – 4:06 am

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Newport 1966/67 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Festival Field, Newport, Rhode Island, July 4, 1966 and July 2, 1967. Very good Voice Of America radio broadcast.

Any other musician who recorded Kind Of Blue in 1959 would probably have said they had died and gone to jazz heaven. But Miles Davis was a long way away from hanging up his horn and by the time he recorded E.S.P. in 1965, he had what is considered “the second great quintet”, comprising Wayne Shorter (saxophone), Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (bass) and Tony Williams (drums).

In his Autobiography, Miles said: “If I was the inspiration and wisdom and the link for this band, Tony was the fire, the creative spark; Wayne was the idea person, the conceptualizer of a whole lot of musical ideas we did; and Ron and Herbie were the anchors… Those were all young guys and although they were learning from me,  I was learning from them, too, about the new thing, the free thing…

“At first Wayne had been known as a free-form player, but playing with Art Blakey for those years and being the band’s musical director had brought him back in somewhat. He wanted to play freer than he could in Art’s band, but he didn’t want to be all the way out, either. Wayne has always been someone who experimented with form instead of someone who did it without form. That’s why I thought he was perfect for where I wanted to see the music I played go…

“I was learning something new every night with that group. One reason was that Tony Williams was such a progressive drummer. He would listen to a record and memorize the whole record, all the solos, the whole thing. He was the only guy in my band who ever told me, ‘Man, why don’t you practice!’ I was missing notes and shit trying to keep up with his young ass. So he started me to practicing again because I had stopped and didn’t even know it.”

Thanks to Milesian who shared this on the Dime site in 2005 and to +123 Cents for the speed correction.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.

Click here to order Miles Davis At Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4.

July 4, 1966
01. Introduction/Gingerbread Boy - 9:10
02. All Blues - 11:17
03. Stella by Starlight (cut off during piano solo) - 7:32

July 2, 1967
04. Gingerbread Boy - 9:00
05. Footprints - 8:11
06. Round About Midnight (faded out) - 4:16

Miles Davis - trumpet
Wayne Shorter - tenor saxophone
Herbie Hancock - piano
Ron Carter - bass
Tony Williams - drums

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  1. 15 Responses to “MILES DAVIS - NEWPORT, RI 1966/67”

  2. hey bigo, thanks!!! this makes 24 miles boots for me.


    By Ed Saad on Feb 10, 2010

  3. This is a very rare appearance of the great quintet. Thank you very much.

    By Jack K on Feb 11, 2010

  4. Can’t get enough of any of these guys! And check out Wayne Shorter’s recent group…he’s still amazing.

    By Teamster Duckwaddle on Feb 12, 2010

  5. Don Cheadle’s still talking about starring in and directing the Miles Davis movie.

    By Danny on Feb 12, 2010

  6. Burt Goldblatt on the photograph?

    By FrankD on Feb 22, 2010

  7. hehe- too funny- imagining Tony Williams, age 18, telling Miles to practice more.

    By Scott G. on Dec 18, 2010

  8. Looks like this has been issued on CD with two bonus tracks.

    By Will B on Feb 24, 2011

  9. Hello Will
    Thanks for your comments. As far as we are aware, these tracks have never been released officially.

    By bigozine2 on Feb 24, 2011

  10. I just thought you’d like to know. There seem to be a lot of these Miles Davis boots selling on Amazon.

    By Will B on Feb 24, 2011

  11. Are the motherfuckers at BigO making a contribution to the bank accounts/estates of Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, every time a punter plays a track?

    Point of information: these tracks have all been “officially” released on CD. I am holding it in my little hot hand right now. Domino Records, Copyright 2010. I am forwarding your webpage to their legal department.

    By Peter Langford on Jun 25, 2015

  12. the fine people at bigO have occasionally made a mistake and posted a legitimately released concert or song here. when its pointed out to them they have always deleted it.

    according to discogs Domino Records has released 18 albums. all but four, including this miles davis disc, are listed as ‘Unofficial Release”. that usually means that it is a bootleg.

    there is another label known as Domino Recording Company but their logo is not the same as Domino Records, so they are probably two different companies.

    peter its entirely possible that u have a bootleg in your little hot hand right now.

    By barth on Jun 26, 2015

  13. give bigo the benefit of the doubt, like barth says they will respond by pulling any legit loads.

    By sluggo on Jun 26, 2015

  14. The Newport Concerts are not due a legit release until July 20th as part of the ‘Bootleg Series’ Vol.4.
    At which point, no doubt, BigO will pull any legit recordings as it has done previously with the ‘Fillmore’ shows.

    By Je Suis Darth on Jun 26, 2015

  15. Incidentally, track 3 gives error ‘Failed no file’ if you try to download

    By Je Suis Darth on Jun 26, 2015

  16. Simmer down, Peter Langford. Big O is a class act. Be sure to point out to the legal department that an Amazon link is provided for those who wish to purchase music by Miles.

    By mackdaddyg on Jun 26, 2015

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