Wednesday, April 14, 2004


Though Miles Davis's electric period lasted only a few years, quite a lot of music from that period has been released, when you add together studio releases, live recordings, and now the "Complete X Sessions" sets which have begun to come out (so far they've appeared for Bitches Brew and Jack Johnson). If you throw in the vast number of bootlegs which have appeared, the amount of music is truly enormous, and intimidating for someone trying to get a handle on it. Since Davis really didn't play songs per se at this point, it's easy for the various albums to blur together in the listener's recollection.

All this is a preface to saying that I recently listened to the bootleg Live at on the Corner (from the Quaker Jazz Festival in Philadelphia, Sept. 24, 1972; there seems to be a concert from a different date circulating under the same title, so be alert) twice in a row, and it's great stuff, with "Rated X" in particular getting into some real "Sister Ray"-ish noise.

(I wrote about electric Miles, specifically The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions, here; if permalinks still don't work, scroll down to Jan. 26.)

I've got this and a few other Miles live recordings up at http://postmiles.blogspot.com/
Check it out and let me know what you think, thanks!
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