Miles Davis - Live At The Fillmore East - March 7, 1970 (2 CDs)

The Great, Lost Miles Davis Group has at last been found, and it's about (that) time! In 1970, the ever-innovative trumpeter-bandleader (1926-1991) was playing to audiences younger and larger than ever before, in clubs, jazz and rock concert venues, psychedelic ballrooms, and open-air festivals. Fronting a quintet (or, as is the case on these nine previously unreleased selections, a sextet), Davis was, to a great extent, performing some of the open-ended jazz/rock/funk jams introduced on Bitches Brew, the breakthrough two-LP set concocted in August 1969, just days after the musical events at the Woodstock rock festival changed the cultural landscape. But as in-demand as this edition of the Davis band was, they were not recorded nearly enough.

Miles Davis Live at Fillmore East -- March 1970 is, in fact, the first official release by this now-legendary unit. The individual and collective brilliance of the rhythm section of Chick Corea, Dave Holland, and Jack DeJohnette (keyboards, basses, and drums, respectively) assured a swing-to-funk transition not only smooth but relentlessly and rockingly forward-looking, and Brazil's Airto Moreira added a wealth of percussive colors. Davis, a noted sports car enthusiast, drives his band like a new Ferrari, displaying a muscularity and aggressiveness heretofore unknown to most of his fans.

Disc 1
1. Directions 8:44
2. Spanish Key 11:16
3. Masqualero 9:57
4. It's About That Time/The Theme 14:03

Disc 2
1. Directions 10:14
2. Miles Runs The Voodoo Down 7:40
3. Bitches Brew 8:02
4. Spanish Key 8:33
5. It's About That Time/Willie Nelson 11:42

Recorded 1970, released 2001