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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