Monday, July 16, 2018

Miles Davis - 1970 [1997] "Live at the Fillmore East"

Miles Davis at Fillmore is a 1970 live album by jazz trumpeter Miles Davis and band, recorded at the Fillmore East, New York City on four consecutive days, June 17 through June 20, 1970, originally released as a double vinyl LP. The performances featured the double keyboard set-up Davis toured with for a few months, with Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea playing electronic organ and Fender Rhodes, respectively. The group opened for Laura Nyro at these performances.

Compositions include, besides the standard "I Fall in Love Too Easily", tracks from his fusion studio albums Bitches Brew and In A Silent Way. The live performances were heavily edited by producer Teo Macero, and the results were named for the day of the week the band performed; only on the 1997 Columbia CD reissue were the compositions and composers identified and indexed. Promotional LP copies divided the sides into short individually titled pieces, but still did not identify the original compositions and composers.

Miles Davis at Fillmore was released on vinyl as a double album, with liner notes written by Morgan Ames of High Fidelity, and Mort Goode. It was released on CD in Japan in 1987, but not made available on CD in the States until 1997, when Columbia released it as one of five live albums from the same period (the others being Live-Evil, In Concert: Live at Philharmonic Hall, Dark Magus, and Black Beauty: Live at the Fillmore West). This reissue featured additional liner notes by drummer Jack DeJohnette. Columbia aimed the release for the jazz market but also for college and alternative radio stations.

Fresh off the symbolic groundbreaking success of his award-winning jazz-rock extravaganza Bitches Brew in 1970, Miles Davis gave his showstopping SRO live performance at the Fillmore East in New York City the same year when Miles and his band gave the rock audience a superlative and ambitious live experience that the trumpet master one of several jazz musicians to become a bonafide attraction at the Fillmore.

Miles Davis At Fillmore gradually showcases a rousing first class performance heralded by fast-paced interplay, sheer aggression, a supercharged trumpet- band camaraderie, fantastic instrumental settings, and multi-dimensional rhythms which give this live date it’s exhilarating edge played with style and grand excellence which had made it this a magnificent live hit. Starting off with a “1-2-3” track warm-up, the track set gets off to a roaring start with stark round of composi-
tions like It’s About That Time, a slick two-minute version of the classic standard I Fall In Love Too Easily, Sanctuary and the final track Willie Nelson (a special ode to the country and western master).

With a dynamic band line-up that consists of Steve Grossman or tenor or soprano saxophone, Chick Corea on Fender Rhodes electric piano, Keith Jarrett on electric organ, Dave Holland on bass--both electric and acoustic alike, Jack DeJohnette on drums and Airto Moreira on percussion or cuica, you will find Miles Davis At Fillmore to be an absolute high octane listening experience as Miles and the band brings the music to direct heights that is played an incessant fever pitch as these elements help emphasized the album’s success on the jazz and R&B charts. When it comes to Miles’ bold controversial entry into The Jazz-Rock Era, he had truly made a tremendous difference when he alienate both the jazz community and jazz purists while attracting a younger rock and R&B audience with his radical electric fusion artistry, but Miles would remain true to his own groundbreaking originality in such an electronic setting no matter what it took.

Also described as his Miles’ first electric live session, here’s another highly lauded chapter that will remain as upbeat and daringly up to date as ever.

Teo Macero meticulously edited the four concerts at the Fillmore East in June 1970 so that they would fit onto a double-LP album. The group now included two keyboards: Chick Corea took over the electric piano and the newcomer Keith Jarrett, in spite of his aversion to electric keyboards, contented himself with a small electric organ, a Fender Contempo. Jarrett, who venerated Miles, went along, very playfully, spicing up the free deliriums of the Corea-Holland-DeJohnette trio, without, however, being able to really participate: the two keyboards were located on opposite sides of the stage and the still rudimentary sound system of the powerfully amplified music prevented them from hearing one another.

Each musician used the bass ostinatos—the only identifiable elements in the pieces—to get their bearings (along with, on Wednesday night, a variation on the riff from “Bitches Brew,” a significant revelation of Jarrett’s approach).

Marguerite Eskridge, Davis' girlfriend at the time, appeared in the album cover's photo collage.

On March 25, 2014, the full recordings of the performances were issued as Miles at the Fillmore - Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3.

Track listing:

Disc one

 Wednesday Miles (June 17, 1970)
1. "Directions" Joe Zawinul 2:29
2. "Bitches Brew" Miles Davis 0:53
3. "The Mask" Miles Davis 1:35
4. "It's About That Time" Miles Davis 8:12
5. "Bitches Brew/The Theme" Miles Davis 10:55
 Thursday Miles (June 18, 1970)
6. "Directions" Joe Zawinul 5:35
7. "The Mask" Miles Davis 9:50
8. "It's About That Time" Miles Davis 11:22

Total length: 50:51

Disc two

 Friday Miles (June 19, 1970)
1. "It's About That Time" Miles Davis 9:01
2. "I Fall in Love Too Easily" Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn 2:00
3. "Sanctuary" Wayne Shorter 3:44
4. "Bitches Brew/The Theme" Miles Davis 13:09
 Saturday Miles (June 20, 1970)
5. "It's About That Time" Miles Davis 3:43
6. "I Fall in Love Too Easily" Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn 0:54
7. "Sanctuary" Wayne Shorter 2:49
8. "Bitches Brew" Miles Davis 6:57
9. "Willie Nelson/The Theme" Miles Davis 7:57

Total length: 50:14


Miles Davis – trumpet
Steve Grossman – tenor and soprano sax, flute
Chick Corea – Fender Rhodes electric piano
Keith Jarrett – Fender Contempo Organ
Dave Holland – acoustic and electric bass
Jack DeJohnette – drums
Airto Moreira – percussion, cuica



  2. Highly appreciated, thank you Crimhead.

  3. Thanks alot, I had this one on lp back in the day.