EUROPE, THE OLD COUNTRY

September 27, 2011 – 4:36 am

Recovering from the Second Great War, Europe reached for American culture.

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MILES DAVIS QUINTET
Holland 1960 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Kurhaus, Scheveningen, The Netherlands, April 9, 1960 first set. Excellent FM re-broadcast on NPS Radio 4, Nov 10, 2005.

Let’s set the scene.

Jazz may have been created in America, but the music was sustained and documented by Europe. That’s the bold and cold truth. - Kalamu ya Salaam

In 1959, the Miles Davis Quintet was appearing at the famous Birdland nightclub in New York City. After finishing a 27-minute recording for the armed services, Davis took a break outside the club. As he was escorting an attractive blonde woman across the sidewalk to a taxi, Davis was told by Patrolman Gerald Kilduff to “move on.”[34] Davis explained that he worked at the nightclub and refused to move.[35] The officer said that he would arrest Davis and grabbed him as Davis protected himself.[34] Witnesses said that Kilduff punched Davis in the stomach with his nightstick without provocation.[34]

Two nearby detectives held the crowd back as a third detective, Don Rolker, approached Davis from behind and beat him about the head. Davis was then arrested and taken to jail where he was charged with feloniously assaulting an officer. He was then taken to St. Clary Hospital where he received five stitches for a wound on his head.[34] Davis attempted to pursue the case in the courts, before eventually dropping the proceedings in a plea bargain in order to recover his suspended Cabaret Card, enabling him to return to work in New York clubs. - wikipedia

Kind of Blue by Miles Davis was released in 1959.

Giant Steps by John Coltrane was released in January 1960.

While Kind of Blue was the epitome of cool, Miles Davis had a somewhat opposite reputation. A man with a hot temper, a drug habit and a nose for trouble. When he played, as can be heard on this show, it was often melodic and relaxed, like he had expelled all the bad to arrive at this mental state.

Coltrane by contrast played a controversial style - an intense juggernaut of a saxophonist, his was a technical mastery of his instrument. He was shaping what was known among stylists as “free jazz”, fast, stuttering and loud. What Coltrane was striving for was spirituality in his music, a calm at the centre of the storm. A month earlier in Paris, Coltrane was booed by Parisians confounded with Coltrane’s anti-melody stance.

On this brief tour of Europe, the first great Miles Davis Quintet was content in being new, fresh and different, away from a racially changing America and into the arms of Europe. While the police in New York were busy levelling charges against Miles, in Europe promoters and radio producers were colluding to record the quintet to spread the music on the airwaves.

Thanks to jkeisers who shared the show on the net. His version comes from a rebroadcast in 2005. Previous bootlegs are probably from an earlier broadcast.
- Professor Red

The sound quality for this show beats the show from Paris, March 20, 1960 we shared previously here.

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Track 01. Radio announcer 0:28 (769k)
02. So What - Omitted*
Track 03. On Green Dolphin Street 12:31 (20.5MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 03. On Green Dolphin Street (megaupload link)
Track 04. ‘Round Midnight 6:03 (9.7MB)
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Track 05. Walkin’/Bye Bye (theme) 10:19 (16.9MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 05. Walkin’/Bye Bye (megaupload link)
Track 06. Radio announcer 0:17 (468k)

Lineup:
Miles Davis (tp)
John Coltrane (ts)
Wynton Kelly (p)
Paul Chambers (b)
Jimmy Cobb (d)

* Available on the Kind Of Blue Legacy Edition and on the 50th Anniversary boxset.

Download the FLAC version of this show here.

 

Miles Davis released Kind Of Blue in 1959. John Coltrane recorded Giant Steps in May of that year and released Giant Steps in January 1960. While Kind of Blue has become a jazz standard for music fans, Giants Steps remains influential on both present and perhaps future generations of jazz musicians. Click on the links to order the respective albums.

  1. 10 Responses to “EUROPE, THE OLD COUNTRY”

  2. hey bigo, awesome, thanks!!! i don’t have this miles show. i got every single miles shows you offered except for his 80’s one. i’m not a fan of that era.

    i just finished listening to paris 3.20.60. it’s a great one. if people don’t have it, get it! do a search on the top right above recent comments for it.

    i really enjoyed joan jett. i played it twice today. thanks for posting it!

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Sep 27, 2011

  3. more electric miles, please!

    I-)

    By I-) on Sep 27, 2011

  4. d’oh! i should have finished reading the small print! thanks for the flac link!

    I-)

    p.s. if that (providing a flac link) is possible to do, please do provide them.

    By I-) on Sep 27, 2011

  5. By 1960, Miles Davis’ drug habit was long in the past, and he was not a notorious junkie unlike many of his contemporaries. His most serious period of drug use, from about 1951-53, was his nadir as a musician and performer, and by 1960 he had been clean for at least 6 years and enjoying continual success and acclaim since his recording of Walkin’ and his appearance at Newport in 1954. Coltrane was a bigger junkie for a longer period, from maybe 1949 to 1957, cleaning up during his hiatus from the Miles Davis Quintet and while he was working with Thelonious Monk.

    Thanks for all the great jazz. Keep it coming!

    By GK on Sep 27, 2011

  6. This show is a classic. Maybe my favorite live Miles ever.

    By Just Bill on Sep 28, 2011

  7. Excellent - thanks a bunch for this post!

    By Joepo on Sep 28, 2011

  8. ..yet another excellent Miles post–thanks!..I was unaware of this concert, certainly is great sound..Miles Smiles..

    By Beega on Sep 28, 2011

  9. Thanks, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Sep 29, 2011

  10. CLASS!!!

    By BLUEFOOD on Sep 29, 2011

  11. And no mention that this was posted the day before the 20th anniversary of Miles’ death?

    By YogaforCynics on Sep 29, 2011

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