May 17, 2010 – 3:52 am

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Tokyo 1964 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Hibaya Yagai Ongaku-do Hall, Tokyo, Japan, July 12, 1964. Very good soundboard.

In July 1964, Miles Davis played three shows in Japan. This is the first show. The second show was released as Miles In Tokyo; and the third was Miles performing in Kyoto.

This is what Miles said in his autobiography:

The shit hit the fan when George Coleman left. Tony Williams never liked the way George played, and the direction the band was moving in revolved around Tony… Tony didn’t liked George because George played everything almost perfectly, and Tony didn’t like saxophone players like that. He like musicians who made mistakes, like being out of key. But George just played the chords. He was a hell of a musician… Tony wanted somebody who was reaching for different kinds of things, like Ornette Coleman…

My first choice to replace George was Wayne Shorter, but Art Blakey had made him musical director of the Jazz Messengers and he couldn’t leave then. So we hired Sam Rivers.

We travelled to Tokyo to play some concerts over there. It was my first trip to Japan… We played Tokyo and Osaka. I’ll never forget my arrival in Japan. Flying to Japan is a long-ass flight. So I brought coke and sleeping pills with me and I took both. Then I couldn’t go to sleep so I was drinking, too. When we landed there were all these people to meet us at the airport.

We’re getting off the plane and they’re saying, “Welcome to Japan, Miles Davis,” and I threw up all over everything. But they didn’t miss a beat. They got me some medicine and got me straight and treated me like a king. Man, I had a ball, and I have respected and loved the Japanese people ever since. Beautiful people. They have always treated me great. The concerts were a big success.

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

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Track 01. Autumn Leaves (J. Prevert-J. Mercer-J. Kosma) 11:03 (15.5MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 02. So What (M. Davis) 8:42 (11.9MB)
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Track 03. Stella by Starlight (N. Washington-V. Young) 10:52 (14.9MB)
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Track 04. Walkin’ (R. Carpenter) / The Theme (M. Davis) 9:34 (11.9MB)
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Track 05. closing announcement (Teruo Isono) 0:07 (189k)

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

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  1. 8 Responses to “MILES DAVIS - TOKYO 1964”

  2. hey bigo, thanks!!! i have live in tokyo on tape, but this is my first miles boot with sam rivers. this makes #26 for miles boots. keep posting them, and i’ll get them! they’re fun to listen to.


    By Ed Saad on May 17, 2010

  3. oh yeah, me and sam are friends on facebook and i have his autograph on my freezer in the garage!!!

    check out his album by sam rivers and the rivbea orchestra called aurora. it’s great.

    By Ed Saad on May 17, 2010

  4. Nice sound on this one! I would guess this might have been a radio concert? The second Miles quintet remains my favorite Miles music. It’s especially cool to hear Rivers with the mighty rhythm section of Hancock, Carter and Williams. Sweet! Thanks for this one!

    By Slidewell on May 17, 2010

  5. I like this, so—WHAT? many thanx….

    By Timmy on May 18, 2010

  6. Great recording. This is very rare. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful music from one of the greatest bands in Jazz.

    By Jack K on May 21, 2010

  7. many, many thanks for posting the music - always something interesting, something new, just like free form radio was back in the sixties. many many thanks!!!

    By me-me-me on May 26, 2010

  8. Wot a knock out sound, love Sam Rivers shame he only made this one LP with MIles

    By Paul Burnett-Kirk on Sep 17, 2010

  9. thanks man for all. been real curious about this one!

    By matt on Sep 27, 2010

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