Miles Davis + Sonny Stitt - Olympia March 20th, 1960 CD 1
If you like old Miles Davis, buy this concert before it goes out of print (most do). It's expensive, but i'm so glad I own this show... Here it is: Line-up; Miles, Stitt, Chambers, Cobb, W. Kelly. Songs; Walkin', All of You, So What, The Theme. These cd's are simply wonderful copies of the original concerts! No editing, no changing the song orders, it is as if you were there!
Jazz should be live - jazz is improvised music, made at the spot, music of the moment. The best way to feel the spirit of jazz is to play it yourself ... with others. But is you don't play an instrument you'll have to manage with live concerts or, the best of the rest, LPs or CDs. Live jazz concerts are for me the most practicable. But what if the musicians passed away? Last week I found myself a 2CD set, titled: Miles Davis - Olympia - Mar. 20th, 1960 featuring John Coltrane released by Laserlight.
In 1960 Miles Davis had a quintet which was described by himself and most critics as the best small group of all time. Cannonball Adderley had left in the fall of 1959 and some other changes were made, like Wynton Kelly who took over the piano chair of Bill Evans and Jimmy Cobb, who replaced Philly Joe Jones as the new drummer. The young, promissing John Coltrane joined Miles Davis in 1958. I found a great fragment from a Theather Show by Robert Herridge, recorded on the 2nd of April 1959, featuring the Miles Davis Quintet with Miles Davis trumpet, John Coltrane tenor sax, Wynton Kelly piano, Paul Chambers bass and Jimmy Cobb drums. They play the tune So What. Cannonball Adderley, who should have played here too, had a headache, that's why Miles probably played some extra solos.
With these musicians Miles Davis left for Europe in the spring of 1960 for a tour, organized by Norman Granz, labeled as The First Extended European Tour. They toured along Paris ( 21st of March), Stockholm (22nd), Copenhagen (24th ), Düsseldorf, Amsterdam and Scheveningen ( near The Hague) on the 9th of April. This last concert was released by Lonehill Jazz on a record I reviewed in a previous blog titled Miles Davis Live In Den Haag and So What. It's amazing that most concerts on this tour are now available on CD.
Miles Davis had been in Paris before, 50 years ago, December 1957 with a European Quintet, on which he made the sound track for the film Ascenseur Pour L' Échafaud . The French public and critics didn't understand Miles habits, that gave him an air of superiority in their eyes. Now, three years later, Miles behaved himself and when you listen to the tunes you learn that not Miles, but John Coltrane was the star of the evening. When you listen to tunes like On Green Dolphin Street and Bye Bye Blues, you can hear the audience scream, shout and catcalled when John Coltrane takes his solo. Mind that John Coltrane's kind of modern jazz was complete unknown for the jazz audience in Europe. In fact, John Coltrane was the star of the evening and it is great to feel the enthusiasm of the audience during this concert .....
I found an unique fragment made during this tour, where John Coltrane playes with the Miles Davis sidemen ( without Miles), during that same tour at the concert in Düsseldorf. John Coltrane plays a great version of On Green Dolphin Street. Great music !! ~ Hans Koert , [email protected]
Track Listing CD 01:
1. All Of You 17:06
2. So What 13:26
3. On Green Dolphin Street 14:40