October 9, 2011 – 4:46 am


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Miles LX: Coltrane And Beyond [Miles-Trees.Org, CD1 and 2]

Disc 1: Live at Tivoli Konsertsal, Copenhagen, Denmark; March 24, 1960. Good to very good Danish Radio FM broadcast. Disc 2: Live in Frankfurt, March 30, 1960 and unknown venue, Germany. Good to very good FM broadcast?

Miles Davis wrote in his Autobiography:

It was now early 1960, and Norman Granz had booked me and my band on a European tour. This was to be a pretty long tour, starting in March and running through April.

Trane didn’t want to make the European trip and was ready to move out before we left. One night I got a telephone call from this new tenor on the scene named Wayne Shorter, telling me that Trane told him that I needed a tenor saxophonist and that Trane was recommending him…

So when I saw Trane I told him, “Don’t be telling nobody to call me like that, and if you want to quit then just quit, but why don’t you do it after we get back from Europe?” If he had quit right then he would have really hung me up because nobody else knew the songs, and this tour was real important. He decided to go with us, but he grumbled and complained and sat by himself all the time we were over there.

He gave me notice that he would be leaving the group when we got home. But before he quit, I gave him that soprano saxophone… and he started playing it. I could already hear the effect it would have on his tenor playing, how it would revolutionize it. I always joked with him that if he had stayed home and not come with us on this trip, he wouldn’t have gotten that soprano saxophone… Right after we got back to the States in May, Trane quit the band and opened at the Jazz Gallery.

Before bittorrent made music sharing easier and more convenient, serious Miles fans used to congregate at Miles-Trees.Org where burn-and-post was a key way of exchanging music.

For the 1960 European tour, Miles Trees compiled a six-CD set called Miles LX: Coltrane & Beyond:

CD1 March 24, 1960 - Tivoli Konsertal, Copenhagen FM
CD2 1960 - Frankfurt, West Germany, unknown locations FM
CD3 April 8, 1960 - Zurich, Switzerland FM
CD4 April 9, 1960 - Kurhaus, Schevenigen, Holland FM
CD5 September 27, 1960 - Manchester Free Trade Hall, England, first concert [aud]
CD6 September 27, 1960 - Manchester Free Trade Hall, England, second concert [aud]

Different versions of these shows have circulated among collectors but here is the Miles Trees set. For a start, we will be sharing CD 1 and 2.

Thanks to the folks at Miles Trees for all their pioneering efforts.

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Disc 1
Tivoli Konsertsal, Copenhagen, Denmark; March 24, 1960
Track 101. So What 14:23 (20.7MB)
Track 102. On Green Dolphin Street 14:22 (19.7MB)
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Track 103. All Blues/The Theme 15:29 (22.3MB)

Disc  2
Unknown venue, probably West Germany
Track 201. So What (incomplete, start cut) 10:36 (15.3MB)
Track 202. ‘Round Midnight 5:43 (7.8MB)
Track 203. Walkin’ (incomplete) 11:00 (15.8MB)
Track 204. So What 10:13 (14.0MB)
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Kongresshalle, Frankfurt Am Main, West Germany; March 30, 1960
Track 205. Announcement 0:16 (377k)
Track 206. So What 12:58 (18.7MB)
Track 207. All Of You (incomplete, end cut) 9:49 (13.4MB)

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

The Miles Davis Quintet - Live In Europe 1967 - The Bootleg Series Vol. 1 boxset has just been released. Buy it here.

Here is the itinerary of the 1960 European Tour, thanks to, which noted: “Surprisingly few recordings from this tour have surfaced.”

March 21 (Monday, 7:00 and 9:00 pm), Olympia Theatre, Paris
March 22 (Tuesday, 7:00 and 9:15 pm), Konserthuset, Stockholm
March 23 (Wednesday), Njardhallen, Oslo (or Goteburg, Sweden)
March 24 (Thursday, 7:00 and 9:30 pm), Tivolis Konsertsal, Copenhagen
March 25 (Friday, 8:00 pm), Niedersachsenhalle, Hannover
March 26 (Saturday, 8:00 pm), Weser-Ems-Halle, Oldenburg
March 27 (Sunday, 8:00 pm), Sportspalast, Berlin
March 28 (Monday), WDR Studio, Düsseldorf (Davis out)
March 29 (Tuesday, 6:00 and 9:00 pm), Musikhalle, Hamburg
March 30 (Wednesday), Kongresshalle, Frankfurt am Main
March 31 (Thursday, 9:15 pm), Teatro Lirico, Milan
April 1 (Friday, 8:00 pm), Fruchthalle, Kaiserslautern
April 2 (Saturday, 6:15 and 9:45 pm), Messehalle, Köln
April 3 (Sunday, 6:00 and 9:00 pm), Deutsches Museum, Kongress-Saal, Munich
April 4 (Monday, 8:00 pm), Stadthalle, Karlsruhe
April 6 (Wednesday), Stadthalle, Vienna
April 7 (Thursday, two shows), Messehaus, Nürnberg
April 8 (Friday, 8:30 pm), Kongresshaus, Zürich
April 9 (Saturday, 8:15 pm), Kurhaus, Scheveningen
April 9 (Saturday, midnight), Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
April 10 (Sunday, 8:00 pm), Liederhalle, Beethoven-Saal, Stuttgart

  1. 13 Responses to “MILES DAVIS - MILES-TREES: EUROPE 1960 CD 1 AND 2”

  2. Awesome! And Manchester and Schevenigen, Holland were recently offered in other form here, right? (It all gets so pleasantly confusing.) :)

    Thanks as always.

    By Scott Brookman on Oct 9, 2011

  3. hey bigo, will get, thanks! one can’t have too much miles.


    By Ed Saad on Oct 9, 2011

  4. hey bigo, just from looking around the net, i think, tracks 1-4 on disc 2 are from munich, germany april 3. i’ll put that, unless somebody else has something better to put.


    By Ed Saad on Oct 9, 2011

  5. excellente!!!!!!

    By alberto on Oct 10, 2011

  6. hey bigo, offer zurich whenever. that is the only show from this set i don’t have. i will double check in itunes, but i don’t think you ever offered it.

    this makes 35 miles shows for me. yeah, i checked and all came from here but oslo, central park and isle of wight. i apparently can’t have too much miles. i have 40 zeppelin shows.


    By Ed Saad on Oct 10, 2011

  7. Thanks for the tip on the Live in Europe 1967 set. Amazing!

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Oct 12, 2011

  8. I’m old enough to remember Miles trees and fortunate enough to have participated on this particular tree. Thanks for making these shows more widely available !

    By D. Scott on Oct 12, 2011

  9. These are some very sweet tracks. I’m forever indebted.

    By Grim Reefer on Oct 12, 2011

  10. Thanks - any additional Miles and Coltrane is always welcome!

    By MrBill on Oct 18, 2011

  11. I was in on these trees way back when. If you are a Miles freak every one is worth the trouble.

    By D on Aug 31, 2013

  12. HI, where can I write to request a re-start of this? Would love it! Thanks Big-O!

    By Reddy Kilowatt on Jan 25, 2016

  13. @Reddy Kilowatt. This has been officially released and will not be available here my old Toch H

    By Je Suis Darth on Jan 25, 2016

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