Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Miles Davis at Carnegie Hall (1961)


Japanese Import (mono)

Miles didn't want this recorded, but Teo Maceo recorded it anyway, just for a historical artifact. After the show, Miles decided to release it anyway, so what we're stuck with is essentially a soundboard recording. So the sound isn't as good as it could have been, but the Miles and the band bring it anyway. It's an interesting idea (but wasn't that always Miles' trademark) to bring his acoustic group and add some tasty support by Gil Evans and his orchestra. Coltrane had left Miles by then, and while no one could possibly replace him, Hank Mobley does a great job and adds his own voice without trying to imitate Trane. This May 19, 1961 concert was one of only two shows Davis and Evans performed together. Great stuff. I'd listen to this more often if the sound were better, but once I get pass that, it's all good.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #59

Tracks: For me, the highlights are an uptempo So What and a swinging No Blues. Unfortunately, Someday My Prince Will Come is way too short because Miles walked off during a protest against the concert's organizers by Max Roach at the foot of the stage (read Miles' autobiography for more on that).

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: Purchased in the early 2000's when I thought I had finally figured out Davis enough to appreciate him.

Previously revisited for the blog:
Panthalassa: The Remixes (1999)
This Is Jazz, Vol. 8: Miles Davis Acoustic (1996)
Live Around The World (1996)
Music from Siesta (1987)
Milestones (1958)

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