Miles Davis, Live In Europe 1967

Posted by: admin on September 12, 2011 @ 3:26 pm
Filed under: Listening

This morning, I turned on my box to find the first listen of Miles, Live In Europe 1967: Bootleg Series Volume 1 streaming at NPR. First and foremost, I love the first listen. Really gets me excited about a release as I’m sure it does for most music-obsessives like myself scouring the internet for new listening.

It seems like every year, they (those with access to the Miles vaults) pull another recording out of nowhere. When it’s a reissue of Kind Of Blue, I kind of turn off. But when it’s a new recording I haven’t heard, I end up falling deep into Miles’ catalog (again). So much great and disparate music in his catalog. Looking forward to immersing myself again.

While I’m on my Miles kick, I remembered Dave’s post from way back, Illuminations On The Cellar Door. Here’s a little excerpt.

Illuminations on the Cellar Door

POSTED BY: DAVE DOUGLAS ON APRIL 25, 2006 @ 1:50 PM

I was listening to Miles Davis’ 1970 recordings from the Cellar Door, a space in Washington, DC. These recordings went into making the album Live Evil in 1970. It is an absolute classic of an album, and yet it falls in that controversial zone that separates lovers of early Miles from those entranced by the second half of his recorded tenure, the electric years.

Much has been said about Miles Davis and his music. Sometimes too much, and for that reason I have hesitated to jump in. But in the words of trombonist George Lewis, music doesn’t speak for itself. We have to talk about it because it doesn’t talk. I imagine Miles having the last laugh because like it or not everyone is still talking about his music. I’ll at least try to be concise.

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After reading that again, I’ll be starting my Miles listening session with those Cellar Door recordings.

Back to work. Happy listening.

2 Comments

  1. That’s how I started my day too.

    This is the era I most wanted to hear released officially – just before he went electric, but as the songs became one long suite. The NYT made the point the other day, and I agree – this is outward bound music. If Plugged Nickel, (my favorite album of all) was Miles in the upper reaches then it looks like Bootleg is what happens when you take the X 15 up to where there is no air, but lots of space.

    best,

    s.

    Comment by Scott Atkinson — September 12, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

  2. Absolutely. Still haven’t finished the first listen, but this music is so deep. Can’t even really put it into words. But that’s for the wordsmiths at NYT. Hoping for many more of these releases.

    Comment by Jim Tuerk — September 12, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

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