October 19, 2008 – 7:24 am

Latecomer that he was, Miles Davis brought a young band of unknowns to Europe to show the free jazz fanatics he could skronk with the best. This is the only band of his that never recorded with Miles.

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Rotterdam 1969 [no label, 1CD]

Live in De Doelen, Rotterdam, Netherlands; November 9, 1969. A BBC Radio 3 rebroadcast in 2006.

The Lost Quintet is so referred to as the band of youngsters, with the exception of saxophonist Wayne Shorter, who had never recorded in the studio with Miles Davis. They were young and creative and challenged the “old man” in his thinking of what jazz was. Together, they played edgy jazz that shoved the old Miles Davis Quintet from the comfortable perch Kind Of Blue offered.

What’s exciting about the ‘69 shows are the live renditions of Bitches Brew that are different from the album version. For once you get to hear the band stretch out to play 20-minute versions of Bitches Brew. It was producer Teo Macero’s and Davis’ habit of mixing bits and pieces of what they thought was the best sequence of solos to form complete tracks. That was how albums like Bitches Brew was made, through assembly.

By the time this quintet was touring, the Bitches Brew album was already completed by the previous incarnation of the quintet - with Shorter, Herbie Hancock [piano], Ron Carter [bs] and Tony Williams [drums].

Website loudbassoon.com describes the lost quintet as a “band [that has] jumped off the outer edge of what the Davis-Shorter-Hancock-Carter-Williams band was up to toward the end and cliff-dove straight into the murky waters of dissonant improvisation. Though still far from the out-and-out ear-splitting weirdness of, like ESP or Soul Jazz records of that era, this is as fucked up as Miles got while he still cared a whit about tonality. Beautiful horn lines still float above the band, but Corea and DeJohnette, in particular, crack the shit wide open. Gone is Herbie Hancock’s soulful intellectualism, in favor of Corea’s mischievous kitten-on-the-Rhodes playfulness - still smart, but not nearly as interested in letting you get your groove on.

“DeJohnette’s restrained firepower is a different beast from Williams’s pure balls-out carpet bombing - he’s less cluttered, so the intensity is less like getting beaten up and more like getting viciously browbeaten. Er, in a good way, of course.”

Thanks to Tantris88 who shared the tracks on the Dime site and to SilasStingy for the artwork.

This 2006 BBC broadcast was sourced from VPRO’s master tape. The sound is excellent. Much better than the more popular Miles-Tree version that is circulated.
- The Little Chicken

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.1. Introduction (Michiel de Ruyter) 0:17
2. Directions (J. Zawinul) 9:52
3. Bitches Brew (M. Davis) 9:45
4. I Fall in Love Too Easily (S. Cahn-J. Styne) 2:38
5. Sanctuary (W. Shorter-M. Davis) 3:55
6. It’s About That Time (M. Davis) 17:04
7. Masqualero (W. Shorter) (with applause) 14:51]

Note: Track marks are approximate.

Miles Davis (tr)
Chick Corea (Fender Rhodes)
Wayne Shorter (ts, ss)
Dave Holland (b)
Jack DeJohnette (dr)

The only official release of this lost quintet can be found on this 2001 release - Miles Davis - Live at the Fillmore East (Legacy). The concert was from March 6 and 7, 1970 in New York. From a review at Popmatters, “This two-CD package presents the two sets of the second day of the Fillmore engagement. Bitches Brew, Davis’ famous jazz/rock record, had been recorded but not released at the time of this concert. These new CDs give us the Bitches Brew material as interpreted by Miles’ working band…” Buy it here.

  1. 9 Responses to “LOST PATROL”

  2. The disappointment of seeing an Oasis post is far outweighed by seeing this!…..Thanks so much

    By kookie on Oct 20, 2008

  3. Thanks for the Miles!

    By Jeremy on Oct 20, 2008

  4. heavy man heavy

    By Heli0tr0pe on Oct 21, 2008

  5. Wow, fantastic with a find like this. Many thanks for making it available.

    By Per Aronsson on Oct 21, 2008

  6. Although they never recorded as a studio quintet, there are several other radio broadcasts available–and they were all part of larger studio ensembles who did record together.

    Still, a most welcome addition, I’m not complaining! Really! I just think that the distinction is misworded to say that they “never recorded in the studio” with Miles. They did, just not as a quintet.

    By deconstructo on Oct 21, 2008

  7. As always, many thanks for sharing!

    By muzikluvr on Oct 22, 2008

  8. Thanks so much for this one! It sounds amazing!

    By Dan on Oct 29, 2008

  9. Great download-Thanks

    By Luis Torregrosa on Dec 1, 2008

  10. another one from the lost quartet-thanks for all

    By Andreas Gosdschan on Aug 23, 2012

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