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Miles Davis Quintet 1967

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Davis' second great quintet, October 31, 1967, Stockholm, Sweden. Complete set.

The quintet had recorded both SORCERER and NEFERTITI earlier that year (the combo's third and fourth studio LPs, respectively), and by this time the quintet had essentially abandoned traditional chord-change-based bop, and were playing modal music almost exclusively. Their music was becoming increasingly complex, abstract and free, as Davis moved closer to his electric "fusion" period.

With the rhythm section given a much more central role than Davis ever allowed previously, the group was transforming freebop into something else: hypnotic, unpredictable and poetic. Davis was at a creative pinnacle similar to the height his sextet with John Coltrane and Bill Evans reached in 1959.

Note: Starting in '67, the quintet began to play live concerts in continuous sets, each song flowing into the next without pause -- and only melodic and tempo changes indicating transition.

Set:

Agitation (Miles Davis, from E.S.P, Nov. '65)
Footprints (Wayne Shorter, from MILES SMILES, Jan '67)
'Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams, from 'ROUND ABOUT MIDNIGHT, 18 Mar '57)
Gingerbread Boy (Jimmy Heath, from MILES SMILES)
The Theme (from 'WORKIN, Sept. '59, recorded in '56)

Personnel:

Miles Davis - tp
Wayne Shorter - ts
Herbie Hancock - p
Ron Carter - b
Tony Williams - d

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January 18, 2015