9 Songs, 1 Hour 30 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Miles Davis seemed to be moving toward the next thing every time he went into the studio. Yet his live sets traditionally stuck to a formula that leaned on standards, blues, and past hits. These two sets issued in 2001 changed all that–Bitches Brew classics like “Spanish Key,” “Miles Runs the Voodoo Down,” and “Bitches Brew” had been recorded the previous summer but were only heard here by American audiences for the first time about a month before the fusion classic was released. The band here included electric keyboardist Chick Corea, bassist Dave Holland (on electric), drummer Jack DeJohnette, and percussionist Airto, with Wayne Shorter (on tenor and soprano) making his final appearance as a regular member of the band. While the audience members—most of whom had likely came to see headliners The Steve Miller Blues Band and Neil Young & Crazy Horse—didn’t seem to know what hit them, the playing here illustrates how committed Davis and the crew were to the new direction.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Miles Davis seemed to be moving toward the next thing every time he went into the studio. Yet his live sets traditionally stuck to a formula that leaned on standards, blues, and past hits. These two sets issued in 2001 changed all that–Bitches Brew classics like “Spanish Key,” “Miles Runs the Voodoo Down,” and “Bitches Brew” had been recorded the previous summer but were only heard here by American audiences for the first time about a month before the fusion classic was released. The band here included electric keyboardist Chick Corea, bassist Dave Holland (on electric), drummer Jack DeJohnette, and percussionist Airto, with Wayne Shorter (on tenor and soprano) making his final appearance as a regular member of the band. While the audience members—most of whom had likely came to see headliners The Steve Miller Blues Band and Neil Young & Crazy Horse—didn’t seem to know what hit them, the playing here illustrates how committed Davis and the crew were to the new direction.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

YEMMW ,

awesome live show - not for the passive listener

neil young released his performance from this evening as an "archival" album. i own the cd. in the liner notes, there are excerpts from the newspaper from the following day. one excerpt is a review of the miles davis sextet's performance, and its a very negative review. the critic says something about how miles is the only one here doing anything, and that the sidemen get repetitive and uninventive. which makes no sense. the grooves shift endlessly, unpredictably, but oh so beautifully. shorter and corea have so much fiyah. but be warned. this is not background music. this is the type of music you burn one too. with headphones. in a comfortable space with no distractions. its cwaaaaazy wild.

skipole ,

Live at the Fillmore East

It's jazzy, it's funky, and it rocks with an intensity that's unequaled. There's true genius on display all through this recording.

Elsey553 ,

Searing hot!

This is the most wild, aggressive, and incredibly virtuosistic playing I've ever heard Miles and his band play. Wayne Shorter tears it up on the sax as well. The whole band is awesome here.

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