Coming Soon: Miles Davis Bootleg Series Vol. 4, At Newport: 1955-1975

Miles davis bootleg4I spotted this on Amazon. (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) The fourth volume of the Miles Davis Bootleg series is due for release in July: Miles Davis At Newport: 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4. According to a press release:

“The four-CD box set, comprised of live performances by Miles’ stellar band lineups in 1955, 1958, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, and 1975, in Newport, Rhode Island, New York City, Berlin, and Switzerland, will be the lynchpin for a 60th anniversary commemorative weekend of events at this summer’s annual Newport Jazz Festival (July 31, August 1 & 2).”

“The newest entry in Columbia/Legacy Recordings’ critically-acclaimed Miles Davis Bootleg Series, NEWPORT 1955-1975 clocks in at 296 minutes, nearly four hours of which is previously unreleased. From Miles’ debut performance at NJF in 1955 (a hastily arranged jam session featuring Thelonious Monk and Gerry Mulligan, that immediately led to the trumpeter’s Columbia signing), to his final public perform ance of the ’70s in 1975 (at Lincoln Center during NJF-NY, the singular “Mtume” named for Miles’ favored percussion ist of that decade), the box set traces the ascendance of Miles’ music as the ne plus ultra of jazz. The full-length concert performances alone of Miles’ famed “Kind Of Blue” Sextet (with Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb), and ‘second great quintet in ’66 and ’67 (with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams) represent templates that reverberate in jazz and popular music to this day.”

2 thoughts on “Coming Soon: Miles Davis Bootleg Series Vol. 4, At Newport: 1955-1975

  1. I will be picking this one up, but have some nits to pick: the 55 show was released on the deluxe Round Midnight, and Sony released the 58 show as its own CD about 15 years ago. Seems cheeky to put them on here to fill an extra disc.

    Previous entries in the series included a DVD, and both the 71 and 73 sets were recorded by European TV and either one could have been included.

    But for me, the biggest problem is the inclusion of only one track from the 1975 concert. It’s one of the last recorded shows before Miles retired and its fiery and wonderful, and the 73-75 band with Pete Cosey only got better over time. What a shame the whole show isn’t included.

  2. I will be picking this one up, but have some nits to pick: the 55 show was released on the deluxe Round Midnight, and Sony released the 58 show as its own CD about 15 years ago. Seems cheeky to put them on here to fill an extra disc.

    Previous entries in the series included a DVD, and both the 71 and 73 sets were recorded by European TV and either one could have been included.

    But for me, the biggest problem is the inclusion of only one track from the 1975 concert. It’s one of the last recorded shows before Miles retired and its fiery and wonderful, and the 73-75 band with Pete Cosey only got better over time. What a shame the whole show isn’t included.

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