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Miles Davis At Carnegie Hall [Original recording remastered, Live]

Miles DavisAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. So What (Live)Gil Evans, Hank Mobley, Jimmy Cobb, Miles Davis, Paul Chambers, Winton Kelly12:01Album Only
listen  2. Spring Is Here (Live)Gil Evans, Hank Mobley, Jimmy Cobb, Miles Davis, Paul Chambers, Winton Kelly 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Teo (Live)Miles Davis 9:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Walkin' (Live)Miles Davis 9:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Medley: The Meaning Of The Blues/Lament (Live)Miles Davis;Gil Evans;Jimmy Cobb;Paul Chambers;Winton Kelly;Hank Mobley 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. New Rhumba (Live)Gil Evans, Hank Mobley, Jimmy Cobb, Miles Davis, Paul Chambers, Winton Kelly 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Someday My Prince Will Come (Live)Gil Evans, Hank Mobley, Jimmy Cobb, Miles Davis, Paul Chambers, Winton Kelly 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Oleo (Live)Gil Evans, Hank Mobley, Jimmy Cobb, Miles Davis, Paul Chambers, Winton Kelly 7:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. No Blues (Live)Gil Evans, Hank Mobley, Jimmy Cobb, Miles Davis, Paul Chambers, Winton Kelly10:38Album Only
listen  4. I Thought About You (Live)Miles Davis 5:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor (adagio from Concierto de Aranjuez) (Live)Miles Davis17:04Album Only

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 31, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: 1961
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Live
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000062EZ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,749 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One of the definitive jazz concerts of all time-now available in its complete form for the first time in one package! This May 19, 1961 performance featured Miles with Gil Evans' 21-piece orchestra plus Hank Mobley, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb. 11 tracks, digitally remastered with new liner notes.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great performance, important document, not good sound. September 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This was a great and underrated Davis ensemble. The fact that they were playing some of the innovative pieces of the Gil Evans/Davis era with full orchestral accompaniment and in a live setting (and with acoustics of Carnegie Hall no less) should have made for a mounumental recording. As a historic document, it's a must-have: the playing is without reservation, first rate. But then, the sound. Even with remastering, you can't fix mike overload, and it is there often, and most specifically on Miles' principal mike of all places. At best the high dyanmics make for a rough sound, almost frayed and thready in its texture. Anyone used to listening to overmiked recordings, especially live ones from the 30's and 40's can deal with this, and enjoy it, if you like a rough, electric timbre to your trumpet sound. But at worst it's just full-blown distortion, distracting and disappointing and would have been so if any other instrument or player was playing in any other venue, whether Carnegie Hall or your cousin's wedding reception at the Elks Club. And this after all, IS Miles Davis, and this IS Carnegie Hall. Me, I can live with the sonic shortcomings; the performace, the occasion, and the lineup are all too important not to. But it's really a shame; this could have been, all around, one of the finest recordings, live or in studio, of Miles' career. As it is-- well, I have it playing now. So there you go.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Beautiful September 24, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a very good mono soundboard recording of (indeed) a legendary concert. Miles is at the peak of his acoustic form, the rhythm section really cooks, Gil Evans and friends add some tasteful backing, and saxophonist Hank Mobley steps out of the Coltranian shadows for his moment in the sun.
And if you're wondering why "Someday My Prince Will Come" is so short, it's because Miles walked off during a protest against the concert's organisers by Max Roach at the foot of the stage. The otherwise excellent liner notes make no mention of the incident.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A historical document June 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Teo Macero sold Miles and Columbia on recording this event. He ordered all the necessary equipment to record what would have been a terrific recording. However -- unsurprising considering his temprement -- Miles decided the day before the event he neither wanted to play nor record the event. While he was convinced to play, he would not budge on the recording.

Macero, however, had four single mics hid strategically throughout the stage so he could at least have one copy of the event. For all of the tribulations (Max Roach's protest nonwithstanding), Miles, Gil Evans, the band, and the orchestra were all able to put on an impressive event. The crowd was overwhelmed, and Miles himself said to Teo afterward that he wanted to release it after all.

Blame the temper of the times for the poor recording. But remember to praise Teo for his foresight in recording this anyways.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Miles November 8, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Well if it's classic then why four instead of five stars? Some of the slower songs such as "Spring is Here" and "The Meaning of the Blues" are not played well at all. But that's only two songs so don't let that change your mind if your considering this album.
One of the great things about the album is that Gil Evans appears on the album and especially with the "Concierto", Evans and his orchestra blend quite well.
And of course we have the famous "cooking" tracks from the Miles Quintet and even though Hank Mobley was no Coltrane he has a great solo on "No Blues" Other highlights like "So What" and "Walkin'" also add to the albums' excellence.
The bottom line is BUY THIS CD. It's really great historic jazz music and one should not pass up on an album this good.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Miles Davis at Carnegie Hall is a perfect complement for any serious fan of Jazz. The playing is certainly imperfect at times, notice the Orchestral breakdown durring the introduction to So What, but taken as a whole is truly breathtaking. This album combines the Miles Davis Quintet (although not in its greatest incarnation c. 1956 but still a kicking group, and certainly the swingingist of any that Miles played with) and the Gil Evans Orchestra. The music choices exhibit Miles' transition from the bob and cool jazz of the 50's to the more free form music of the 60's. Here, Miles shines as the avant garde musician. The highlight of the CD, for me, is the great version of Walkin', a Miles Davis standard for years, played with an intensity lacking in earlier versions. Of course to hear the song in full bloom, check out the Plugged Nickel versions.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Virtues easily outweigh defects October 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
To my mind Miles never played better than at this recording. There is a new searching and driving vitality to his playing which probably indicated that he had reached the absolute peak of his powers but was still pushing himself further. His technique was certainly better than ever. Don't let the imperfections of the recording as an inadequate document of sound disturb you - not really worth worrying about, as one can hear enough to know that this was an exceptional performance. Hank Mobley on tenor complements Miles well, and the new thythm section whips the horms along with great impetus. The tracks with Gil Evans and his orchestra have a spontaneity lacking on the more polished studio-recorded equivalents. This record is not immaculate - but it is a very great one and clearly a must-have for any serious Davis fan, because he plays here in a way that he doesn't on any other recording, and produces unusual excitement even for this, the most permanently satisfying and richly artistic musician in jazz, whose music is sure to go down the centuries as great by any standard at any time. - Joost Daalder
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1.0 out of 5 stars Great but the sound quality!
To me the audio sound quality of this disk falls below my idea of what is acceptable.
Published 3 months ago by Ian
4.0 out of 5 stars Miles' Classic Recording a Must for Jazz Buffs
By the time Miles Davis performed at Carnegie Hall in 1961, he was already a jazz icon. He had cut his teeth at 21 years old playing with Charlie Parker, perhaps the greatest jazz... Read more
Published on January 25, 2009 by Robert Sposato
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles has never played more brilliantly
This is a must-have classic jazz recording. Jazz writers have commented that Miles played in an extroverted, aggressive, brash manner unlike anything he played before or since. Read more
Published on December 4, 2008 by jazz lover since 1960
5.0 out of 5 stars On "So What", Mobley Is Uncoscious
I had this in LP form years ago. I also have the cd version. I like the quintet sides best. "So What" is for me, one of the classic performances of all time. Read more
Published on September 12, 2008 by N. Larson
1.0 out of 5 stars testing one two, testing one two
Caveat Emptor! Let the buyer beware:

When the audio engineer says "testing" and the performer plays, it is to get the proper recording level. Read more
Published on December 29, 2004 by rash67
2.0 out of 5 stars Miles at Carnegie Hall
This is Miles at Carnegie Hall with his group, including the underrated tenor saxophone of Hank Mobley. Also, the Gil Evans Orchestra makes an appearance. Read more
Published on January 12, 2003 by "scottk83"
3.0 out of 5 stars Poorly Recorded
Miles' trumpet is clearly the featured instrument. And its tone on this recording is harsh and frequently distorted. Read more
Published on August 21, 2001 by Scott McFarland
5.0 out of 5 stars recommended all the way
Incredible live recording with a terrific combo and orchestra. The piece from Sketches of Spain is worth the price by itself but you will also receive another hour or so of... Read more
Published on September 15, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
this is Quality with a High Q.Miles Davis always was about taking a Chance.&he brings the Goods with his Band here. Read more
Published on July 13, 2000 by mistermaxxx08
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