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01 Introduction (by Andre Francis).mp3
02 Autumn Leaves.mp3
04 I Thought About You.mp3
06 All Of You.mp3
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Miles Davis in Europe
Format: Live, Original recording remastered
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Recorded live in France at the Festival Mondial, du Jazz Antibes, Miles Davis in Europe captures trumpeter Miles Davis in late 1963. While Four & More and My Funny Valentine -- both taken from the same 1964 New York Philharmonic Hall concert -- are most often cited as this lineup's essential live recording, Miles Davis in Europe is a no less exciting listen. The band, including tenor saxophonist George Coleman, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams, had recorded Seven Steps to Heaven a few months earlier, which would turn out to be the one studio album Davis would make with the lineup. Already, the band's adventurous, avant-garde leanings are on display with the young Williams propelling Davis to scorching heights on the fast swinger "Milestones." Similarly, Hancock helps turn the standard "I Thought About You" into an impressionistic and free-flowing ballad allowing Davis to spread wide swaths of tonal color and deep note bends across the stage. Although Coleman would depart the group in less than a year, he proves himself here to be a muscular, keen improviser who deserved more attention than he got at the time.
The recordings of Miles' 1964 Philharmonic Hall concert have acquired a reputation for being Miles' best live recordings from the '63-'64 period. As an avid Miles fan, I agreed with that assessment. That was before I had ever heard this concert from the Antibes jazz festival.
This album is AS GOOD if not in some ways better than Miles' justly famous "My Funny Valentine" and "Four and More" albums. Miles himself plays as intensely as in the 1964 Phil. Hall concert, and his trumpet technique itself is often crisper in the Antibes concert. George Coleman's playing may be more adventurous and intense here than on the 1964 concert, which makes him a better fit with the Hancock/Carter/Williams rhythm section. All through this recording, the quintet's interaction has a giddy, at times playful tone, and the musicians' excitement can be easily heard.
It was high time that Columbia made this recording available in the US. ~ Rinaldo
I bought "Miles Davis in Europe" on vinyl over 30 years ago & never got tired of listening to it - a great band recording great music just before Miles went off into his abstract period.
One of the distinctive apects of this classic disc is the piano playing of Herbie Hancock. His geometric solos & ornamentations are endlessly interesting, perfectly complementing the ethereal playing of Miles Davis & George Coleman.
Despite all of the kudos for the fine "Friday & Saturday Night at the Blackhawk" sessions, I think "In Europe" is much more interesting.
One side note - the cd cover reproduces the original album art, which mistakenly identifies the recording as stereo. The sound, which is excellent, is actually mono. ~ jsa
Ron Carter (Bass);
George Coleman (Sax (Tenor);
Miles Davis (Trumpet);
Herbie Hancock (Piano);
Tony Ruption Williams (Drums)
Miles Davis in Europe tracks:
01 Introduction (by Andre Francis) 0:47
02 Autumn Leaves 13:52
03 Milestones 9:17
04 I Thought About You 11:44
05 Joshua 11:27
06 All Of You 16:49
07 Walkin' 16:15