June 21, 2010 – 9:21 am

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New York 1988 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Pier 84, New York, NY, August 27, 1988. Very good audience recording.

There are some jazz purists who feel that the last decade of Miles Davis (1981-1991) can be ignored. Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis said Miles’ fusion was not “true jazz” and that started a whole debate.

Davis had his own ideas of covering Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time and Michael Jackson’s Human Nature on You’re Under Arrest (1985). According to the wiki, Davis had considered releasing an entire album of pop songs and recorded dozens of them, but the idea was scrapped. Davis noted that many of today’s accepted jazz standards were in fact pop songs from Broadway theatre, and that he was simply updating the “standards” repertoire with new material.

Even at this point of his life and career, Davis was still trying out new things - his collaboration with Prince would have been interesting had things worked out - and the fire in him was not dampened: he took part in Artists United Against Apartheid (1985) and released Tutu the following year.

Listening to this show, one can hardly call Davis laidback or not playing “true jazz”. For those latecomers who caught on to Davis through You’re Under Arrest, the expanded versions of Human Nature (more rhythmic) and Time After Time are already worth the price of admission. And there seems to be a bit of Prince and The Time on the track, Heavy Metal. Though the audience might not have been aware, Davis also showcased Tutu and Tomaas from the then-forthcoming album.

Thanks to Jon Pasternak for recording the show; Dave Mallick for extracting the tracks and to greenone for sharing the lossless tracks on the Dime site.

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Disc 1 [46:27.35]
Track 101. Perfect Way [05:37.48] (7.7MB)
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Track 102. New Blues [Star People] [07:31.45] (10.3MB)
Track 103. Human Nature [14:21.11] (20.1MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 104. Tutu [09:57.41] (13.6MB)
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Track 105. Time After Time [08:59.40] (12.3MB)

Disc 2 [46:28.24]
Track 201. Heavy Metal [06:21.02] (8.7MB)
Track 202. Movie Star [05:38.71] (7.7MB)
Track 203. Don’t Stop Me Now [06:25.46] (8.8MB)
Track 204. Carnival Time [17:14.74] (24.2MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 205. Tomaas [10:47.56] (14.8MB)
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Miles Davis (tp, synth)
Kenny Garrett (as, fl)
Robert Irving III, Adam Holzman (synth)
Joe “Foley” McCreary (lead-b)
Benny Rietveld (el-b)
Ricky Wellman (d)
Marilyn Mazur (perc)


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  1. 6 Responses to “MILES DAVIS - NEW YORK 1988”

  2. I was at this show. Miles was in something of a playful mood. He started trading licks with a ferry that was blowing a horn coming to dock. Miles will always be remembered as being in the forefront of modern music and always demonstrating change and versatility.

    By David on Jun 22, 2010

  3. Thanks again for the Miles concerts!

    By Jonathan on Jun 24, 2010

  4. Movie Star is actually a Prince composition…the original version is one of Prince’s great unreleased “vault” tracks.

    By joe gumbo on Jun 24, 2010

  5. Looking forward to hearing this Miles show. I had no idea he covered Human Nature & Time After Time.

    By Matt on Aug 13, 2010

  6. I was also at this show. I had just procured an affordable apartment after breaking up with my girl friend that I moved to NYC with the previous year from Buffalo . I had just spent 10 days at a transient hotel that scared the bejeesus out of me before finding the apartment in Brooklyn and took my last $40 and went down to see if I could get a ticket. To my surprise it was not sold out and it was a warm August evening that I got my first taste of Miles ability to blow. WOW! What a night! Herbie Hancock was on the piano and the crowd was in a good mood. It was funny when Miles was interrupted by the ship.

    By john houghtling on Jan 25, 2014

  7. I had the honor of attending this show, a historic one!
    My one and only time I saw Miles, I’ll treasure it forever.
    We arrived early and we got a seat at the front row, first come first served. I also bought the tkts on the spot.
    Beautiful day, terrific concert and Miles in such a good and playful mood.
    If I recall correctly, he was shirtless wearing gold chains and a pink jacket, and as usual, with his back towards the audience.
    People erupted with Time After Time, it was a lovely rendition, as if caressing Cindy Lauper’s hair.
    Those Pier concerts were amazing, too bad they didn’t offer more later on. That summer I also saw King Crimson introducing Three of a Perfect Pair, with Brufford on drums, amazing! And Echo & The Bunnymen featuring the late Doors Ray Manzarek on keyboards! Plus New Order! Boy, a ton of great stuff for the money, which was not much.
    Thanks for posting this and all the info, I was curious to know who performed with him.
    I was not able to download all the songs, just a couple.
    I hope any of you could upload them to YouTube, they deserve a wider audience.

    By Feggorama on Dec 10, 2019

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