May 20, 2011 – 3:08 am

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Paris 1960 [Delta Music, 2CD]

Live at the Olympia, Paris, France; March 20, 1960. Very good radio broadcast.

The following write-up was posted by H Lim of Carlingford, Australia at

In March of 1960, Miles Davis was absolutely incensed at John Coltrane. He was about to go on his first ever European tour, and Coltrane was trying to back out. Trane wrote a note requesting that some kid called Wayne Shorter should go on the tour as the saxophonist instead of him. Trane was uncharacteristically angry himself, because he felt going on the tour would waste time he needed to put together his own group - the Classic Quartet.

Miles angrily told Coltrane not even to think about backing out - particularly as he had never even heard the name Shorter before. So Coltrane, fuming and sulking, took a plane to France, turning up with a blue suit and a packet of rum flavoured Life Savers. He sulked the whole time he was in Europe, which was not characteristic of him.

On 20 March 1960, the Miles Quintet - temporarily reconsituted with Coltrane, Kelly, Chambers and Jones - appeared at the Olympia, Paris. The CD I am reviewing was the result.

It was one of Coltrane’s, and Miles’, most notorious appearances. Perhaps fuelled by his uncharacteristic anger, Coltrane’s performance is almost contemptuous in its uncompromising ugliness. It’s also one of his most inspired performances. His performances would not be so “far-out” again until 1965.

“All of You” is bad enough with its passages entirely in multiphonics, its weird altissimo shrills, and its barking honks. But “Bye Bye Blackbird” takes the cake. About midway into Trane’s solo, the air begins to fill with the distinct sound of Gallic boos and hisses, and the occasional contemptuous whistle.

Coltrane’s style had evolved light years beyond what it had been even when he had recorded Kind of Blue the previous year. The Bye Bye Blackbird performance sometimes seems even to ignore bar lines, simply allowing Coltrane to work off his frustrations in repeated, angry motifs, screeches and honks.

When the crowd keeps booing, Coltrane seems to falter at first; then in a sonic “big finger” he begins playing even more fiercely, as if deliberately trying to annoy the audience. When his solo ends, it is hard to tell if those are genuine cheers among the shouts of rage, or whether the crowd is simply relieved it’s all over.

After the performance Frank Tenot, a French jazz journalist, rushed backstage to find Trane. “Don’t you go too far?” he asked in English. Trane smiled gently. “I don’t go far enough” he replied.

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Disc 1
Track 101. All of You (28.7MB)
Track 102. So What (22.6MB)
Track 103. On Green Dolphin Street (24.6MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Walkin’ (26.7MB)
Track 202. Bye Bye Blackbird (23.5MB)
Track 203. ‘Round About Midnight (9.0MB)
Track 204. Oleo (7.0MB)
Track 205. The Theme (1.3MB)

Miles Davis - trumpet
John Coltrane - tenor saxophone
Wynton Kelly - piano
Paul Chambers - bass
Jimmy Cobb - drums

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  1. 9 Responses to “MILES DAVIS - PARIS 1960”

  2. hey bigo, thanks!!! i don’t have this show.

    do you have any coltrane avant shows? i have temple university and his last newport performance. both are brutal.


    By Ed Saad on May 20, 2011

  3. Great post! By the way, according to Miles Ahead: A Miles Davis Website ( and other sources, the date is March 21 (not March 20), the first day of the European tour.
    Thanks for everything.

    By Stuart K. on May 20, 2011

  4. hey bigo, since i’m not 100% sure on the date, i am putting what you have. i have seen it listed on the net as both dates much like on the jeff beck detroit show you offered recently.

    i looked in my miles davis folder, and this show makes 30. then i have another folder called miles davis septet which is the shaboo inn show you offered in dec. i only put septet so it wouldn’t overwrite my other copy i got in 2009. i keep stuff.


    By Ed Saad on May 20, 2011

  5. ps more mary halvorson shows, please!!! i have a bunch already, but we’re buddies one, two i collect her, and three i’m sweet on her. i have 15 of her cd’s, one braxton mp3 album that was free on his tri-centric site and blarvuster mp3 album. that’s matthew welch’s band. he gave me the mp3’s. it’s great. he plays on the first song of braxton 65th b-day show. that is a great one.


    By Ed Saad on May 20, 2011

  6. Thanks for this fine recording.

    By coolius j on May 22, 2011

  7. thanks for the nice early miles. i can always use some more electric miles!


    By I-) on May 24, 2011

  8. beautiful, coltrane on fire

    By g on May 26, 2011

  9. Hey BigO! Thank you so much for posting this again. I had no idea it was so good. All my life Coltrane was the pinnacle of jazz sax. It is truly amazing to hear him booed. Made me realise better how much he achieved. The band are really hot here. Miles is always good. Guess what? I love this!

    By a guy who loves miles on Nov 11, 2015

  10. Hi Big0 !

    los archivos 203 - 204 - and 205 estan dañados.
    Por favor podria usted repararlos ?

    Muchas gracias !!!
    Saludos desde Argentina !

    Hi Big0!

    the files 203 - 204 - and 205 are damaged.
    Could you please repair them?

    Thank you very much !!!
    Greetings from Argentina !

    By Caton on Feb 27, 2018

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