March 4, 2010 – 11:26 am

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Avery Fisher Hall 1975 [Goody Remaster, 2CD]

Live at the Avery Fisher Hall, Newport Jazz Festival, New York City, July 1, 1975. Very good band recording. Soundboard?

Listen to these two sets and it’s hard to imagine that Miles Davis would soon stop playing for the next four years. The band is firing on all cylinders; the music is passionately performed and any other group would have died for this. Filled with Miles’ staccato, jump-start bursts, with a backing wash of drums and cymbals that sound like shredding glass and a meandering, funky guitar - components such as nuance and precision may take a backseat to spontaniety and the magic of the musical kill… and it is all still surprisingly fresh today.

In his Autobiography, Miles said: “I was touring all over… and we were killing everybordy. That’s what I wanted, and I was finally getting there. My band was getting real hot and tight by this time. But my hip was a mess, and playing amplified was starting to get to me, too. I was just getting sick of everything and, on top of that, I was sick physically, too.”

“I hated limping around the stage like I was, being in all that pain and taking all them drugs. It was a drag. I have a lot of pride in myself and in the way I look, the way I present myself. So I didn’t like the way I was physically, and didn’t like people looking at me with all that pity in their eyes. I couldn’t stand that shit, man.

“I couldn’t play two weeks in a club without having to go to the hospital. Drinking so much, snorting all the time, and fucking all night. You can’t do all of that and create music like you want to. You got to do one or the other.”

So from 1975 until early 1980, Miles didn’t pick up his horn, “didn’t pick it up once. I would walk by and look at it, then think about trying to play. But after a while I didn’t even do that. It just went out of my mind because I was involved in doing other things; other things which mostly weren’t good for me.” The general comment is that this was a colourful time when wealthy women lavished Miles with sex and drugs.

These shows have been circulating for a while in various permutations and, thanks to Prof Goody, this has been speed corrected and is as complete as possible.

Peter Losin, who runs the Miles site,, chipped in: “Just to clarify: the set closer is NOT “Mother Dearest Mother.” That tune was not recorded until 1976. The tune that typically closed sets during spring/summer 1975 was recorded in two takes in the studio on May 5, 1975. It has no title and is identified in the Columbia logs only as “Untitled original.” The Hendrix influence is obvious and, in fact, during the performance of this tune during one of the sets at the Bottom Line in June 1975, someone (presumably the taper or one of his buddies) can be heard to say, “Hendrix should get all the recognition for this”.”

Thanks to jkeisers for sharing the lossless tracks on the Dime site.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1 (first set):
Track 101. Moja/Nne (’Turnaroundphrase/Tune in 5′) (16:22) (23.6MB)
Track 102. Tune in 5 (04:15) (6.1MB)
Track 103. Maiysha (18:55) (27.3MB)
Track 104. Untitled Original (03:14) (4.7MB)

Disc 2 (second set):
Track 201. Right Off (13:20) (19.2MB)
Track 202. Mtume (07:06) (10.2MB)
Track 203. Lovin’ You (’Latin’) (06:49) (9.3MB)
Track 204. Ife (with 2nd source splice) (13:38) (19.6MB)
Track 205. Untitled Original (03:35) (4.3MB)

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


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  1. 12 Responses to “MILES DAVIS - NEW YORK 1975”

  2. hey bigo, thanks! sounds good. this makes 25 miles boots. i just looked in my folder. i’d say 20 of my miles show came from bigo. i probably have way too many, but i’ve been a fan forever so i just keep getting them. i wish bigo would put up berlin 72?. it’s a fusion one too with chick corea on keys. i’ve seen it elsewhere, but the tracks aren’t split.

    i noticed on track 4 the tag says untitled #19. it looks cooler than untitled original so i left it as is. i did put (turnaroundphrase / tune in 5) on track 1, though.

    first comment!


    By Ed Saad on Mar 4, 2010

  3. hey bigo, probably the best miles boot i got from bigo i still tokyo 75 jan 09. that one ruled cause i remember composer had all their names, and they were spelled wrong so i went and spelled them correctly. in fact, disc 1 didn’t have composer and disc 2 did so i copied and pasted the text on disc 1. i do remember cause i spend way too much time on this stuff.


    By Ed Saad on Mar 4, 2010

  4. Love his stuff from this time. I saw him at the Bottom Line during that run and Miles was not happy. Of course I was so junked up myself I wasn’t any better! The LES was only a few blocks away which made it easy to cop between performances and come back. Ah, the 70s!

    By lanzarishi on Mar 4, 2010

  5. This is it. I love this music…. Can’t get enough of it.

    The setcloser and Lovin’ You shows a part of the music we got in the eighties and later!

    Far ahead of time this Miles…

    By victor on Mar 6, 2010

  6. Thanks for the posting. I saw Miles live a dozen times, but, I couldn’t get a ticket to these shows. Finally, after 35 years, I hear what I was missing. Please add my thanks to jkeisers for this post.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Mar 8, 2010

  7. I’ve been looking for this set for a long time. Thanks for posting!

    By MSW on Jul 7, 2010

  8. I was there that night but I thought it was 7-4-75. Midnight Miles as the show was at 12 am. A great performance for sure. Cybil Shepard and Peter Bogdonovich were in row in front of me. They left at break as did over half the audience they’re loss

    By larry harvey on Sep 16, 2010

  9. BTW the clapping mid way through the last cut was prompted when Miles walked over to Michael Henderson (who was wearing baggies, high heels and a large brim hat) and pulled his hat down over his face and left the stage. It was really cool.

    By Larry Harvey on Sep 16, 2010

  10. The HTML links for some of the tracks don’t take to anywhere where I can see MP3s.

    Is there a problem?

    By JayBee on Jan 4, 2015

  11. You mean the ones that say “visit the html page to download the track”?

    By jdallenx on Jan 4, 2015

  12. Any chance some of this can get re-upped? A few of these links have died. Thanks!

    By Maria on Jan 3, 2016

  13. Re upload these please! they are all dead links…

    By steveo on Mar 23, 2017

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