Jazz Album Features Newly-Released Collection of Miles Davis Quintet Concerts
The Miles Davis Quintet had just finished recording its fourth album Nefertiti before embarking on an all-star jazz tour billed as “The Newport Jazz Festival in Europe.” The track “No Blues” was recorded during the group’s first stop in Belgium on October 28, 1967, with Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, Tony Williams on drums and Miles on trumpet.
Carter remembers the European concerts as the next step in the evolution of this once-in-a-lifetime ensemble.
“None of us realized that the band would reach this level of historical value," Carter said. "I think we realized we were doing something a little different than the other groups who were playing at that time. I think we were so focused on playing better every night. Many times we never knew we were being recorded at the live concerts. The studios were a much more controlled environment, the sound was much more even in the studio due to the microphones and the shape and the size of the rooms, and the engineer knew what he was looking for because he heard the band live in New York or somewhere. So the environment is completely different.”
All five concerts were recorded by state-owned radio and television stations, and feature previously unreleased or first-ever authorized released material. Executive producer Erin Davis, son of the late Miles Davis, says his father put his musical instincts to work when he assembled the Quintet.
“When you go back it’s hard to imagine this being one band. It seems like something that could happen for one show or something, but this was a band that was together for years. That was just one of his great talents was putting together a band,” Davis noted.
Erin Davis believes these recordings capture the Quintet at its best.
“I think they all considered each other equals and didn’t have to show each other up, so, I think, what you got was just an excellent performance all the time,” he said.
The Miles Davis Quintet Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Volume 1 also features concerts recorded in Denmark and France, as well as a DVD of concert footage shot in Sweden and Germany.
迈尔士戴维斯五重奏乐团在着手准备称之为“欧洲纽波特爵士音乐节”之前刚完成了第四张专辑奈费尔提蒂的录制。“无蓝调”的踪迹在团队1967年10月28日的比利时首站中即被载入史册，其中Wayne Shorter负责中音萨克斯，Herbie Hancock负责钢琴，Ron Carte负责贝斯，Tony Williams负责鼓以及Miles负责小号。
Erin Davis 相信这些记录都捕捉住了五重奏最完美的一面。