The Complete Concert 1964: My Funny Valentine + Four and More Live
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The new version of this concert that appears as part of the seven-CD boxed set, "Seven Steps," (released in September 2004) includes "Autumn Leaves," sequences the songs in the order in which they were performed, and has been remastered to improve the sound. Unfortunately, while Sony is now preparing separate reissues of the individual albums that make up the "Seven Steps" boxed set, it appears that there are no immediate plans to issue an updated version of "The Complete Concert"; instead, they are releasing remastered editions of the original single albums, "My Funny Valentine" and "Four and More."
Therefore, the best way to hear this music would be 1) to buy the "Seven Steps" boxed set, assuming you can afford it and are interested in the other material it includes; or 2) get the new, remastered versions of the "My Funny Valentine" and "Four and More" albums.Read more ›
It's apparent from the start that the uneasiness of the evening translated into some of the most explosive live jazz ever laid down, with Williams' flailing away on his drums, getting more excitable, faster, and probably doing so just to see if Miles can keep up. Ron Carter and Herbie Hancock certainly had no problem doing so, and, to his credit, neither did Miles.
The other apparent point in the show was that tenor sax player George Coleman didn't fit in the new group, even though he played, as some said, the best gig of his life. Coleman was on Miles transitional "Seven Steps to Heaven" lp the year before, as Miles was putting together a new group after Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, Wynton Kelly (who would all form the Wynton Kelly Trio) and saxophonist Hank Mobley (who replaced Sonny Stitt who replaced John Coltrane) all left the group. (This concert was in fact the last gig Coleman would play with the band- Sam Rivers would replace him briefly, before Wayne Shorter would leave the Jazz Messengers and join the band, thus completing the 2nd great quintet)
Despite of, or because of, the tensions in the group, these live sides are some of the most ferocious ever laid down on vinyl, and are a necessary part of any jazz fan's collection.
The ballads on disc 1 are played with such feeling and deftness, it is just an absolute pleasure to listen.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wish this were sequenced differently. The set was originally released as two separate albums, but the concert these sides document was a notable moment in the career of Miles and... Read morePublished 17 months ago by William C. Altreuter
This is another one that requires a serious of jazz and blues if not you would be lost.Published 18 months ago by Rufus White
One of the best (if not the best) early live recordings of Miles Davis in my taste.
There is not much to say, the mood Miles creates, the compositions and the... Read more
Finally the 7 Steps Box Set got it right and released the concert as performed, rather than arbitrarily edited to a "Ballads" and "Other" disc. Read morePublished on December 3, 2010 by Martin Kasdan Jr.
So here's the story: this is a collection of two live performances by Miles, released on the same day, in New York. Read morePublished on November 29, 2007 by finulanu
Sorry, but i just can't recommend this. Of course, the music is fabulous, but we've known that (and it has been easily available) for 40 years! Read morePublished on February 27, 2005 by Tricky Sam
Every take of every tune on these discs is definitive.
The individual virtuosity of each musician is unparalleled, but of course it's the rhythm section that really... Read more
This is a wonderful album and has to rank as one of the most extraordinary "live" recordings of its time. Read morePublished on November 16, 2004 by Crabby Apple Mick Lee