Sunday, April 29, 2007

Miles Davis: Philly May 12&17 1975

The Info:

Miles Davis - 12&17-5-75 - philadelphia - usa (just jazz)

12. - 17. May 1975
Just Jazz, Philadelphia, USA


Miles Davis (tp, org); Sam Morrison (ss, ts, fl); Pete Cosey (g, perc); Reggie Lucas (g); Michael Henderson (el-b); Al Foster (d); James Mtume Foreman (cga, perc)


1. Band warming up - 00:32
2. Funk [Prelude] (Part 1) - 19:37
3. Ife - 19:38
4. Untitled original 750505 - 03:42

Don't know much about this one other than that the recording is from May of 1975 right as Miles was getting ready to retire. The set is pretty much what one might expect to hear at a Miles gig around that time. Sound quality is a bit dodgy (as one would expect from a bootleg live recording), but gives a decent idea of how Miles and band were sounding at the time.

The untitled track that ends the recording serves as a harbinger of the kinder gentler Miles who would re-emerge in the early 1980s. That said, the performance of the tune has plenty of edge to it, unlike much of the 1980s material.