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Miles In Tokyo

Miles DavisAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (March 15, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • ASIN: B0015XWUGI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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1. Introduction by Teruo Isono
2. If I Were a Bell
3. My Funny Valentine
4. So What
5. Walkin'
6. All of You
7. Go-Go (Theme and Announcement)

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41 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 1.75th Great Quartet DID exist March 26, 2005
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When we talk about the music of Miles Davis, there were many epiphanies that his music had. One was expressed in the album Birth of the Cool, where he broke away form a sound similar to Dizzy Gillespie to start his own distinct tone. The second major epiphany came about with first great quintet. With Red Garland, Paul Chambers, Philly Joe Jones and John Coltrane, Miles was able to extend his themes and developments into longer solos and also stretch the inert abilities of each piece they played. The third epiphany is expressed here on this album, Miles In Tokyo.

Well, George Coleman's time to leave the band came. So, with amounted to a promissory note for Wayne Shorter from Art Blakey, Miles need a tenorist yesterday. Sam Rivers, newcomer to the scene, was selected and to Tokyo the band. Here, available in an American pressing for the first time ever, is the concert date at Kohseinerkin Hall on July 14, 1964.

The sound was different here than any other date Miles did.

The sound is the question, right? Well, if you listen to My Funny Valentine, Live At Plugged Nickel, Seven Steps To Heaven, or Live in Berlin; you know the sound of the early quintet. They are developmental, experimental, polyrhythmic, fluid and (the difference in the early performances) conservative. Everyone, including Miles, is using the musicality of space to enhance his motifs and thematic material. Herbie is, as always, turning the melody into a song length harmonic experiment. Ron Carter is following behind the group with some early elements that would become know as `funky'. `Ant' Williams (R.I.P.) makes the whole song his solo. Tony always had a way of developing his approach to the tempo through the entire piece.

One final note is the presence of Sam Rivers.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An unusual recording. November 3, 2005
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One of the more bizarre recordings in the catalog of Miles Davis, "Miles in Tokyo" finds the trumpeter with only one missing piece in his "Second Great Quintet"-- the rhythm section of pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Tony Williams was in place, but while Wayne Shorter was promised to join Davis on tenor sax, he was not yet available, and on the recommendation of Tony Williams, Sam Rivers was brought in for replacement.

Now, I love Rivers' work, but clearly this was not a match that Davis was ready for, and Rivers sounds out of place. The set in the summer of 1964 was largely unadventerous, Davis had not recorded regularly with his small group in several years (1963's "Seven Steps to Heaven" being the only date during between March 1961 and January 1965), and there was a lack of new material (attributed by Davis to having "nothing left" after recording "Sketches of Spain"). As a result, the music Davis was playing was rather tame compared to what the Ornette Colemans and the Cecil Taylors (and for that matter the Charles Minguses and John Coltranes) were doing by this point. While his young band was far more schooled in free jazz, Davis was not ready.

So what we have is Davis playing a bunch of tired pieces with a rhythm section that pushes the level of energy up-- Davis plays well enough, railing away agressively pretty much throughout, but he's nothing compared to Rivers. Rivers' soloing is explosive, fierce, energetic, and unpredictable, often eschewing standard time and rhythmic ideas ("So What"), and yet sometimes surprisingly lyrical ("If I Were a Bell"), so far beyond what the rest of the band was doing that he sometimes loses them. And certainly Davis was unhappy with him, not allowing him to state the themes.

It's really an interesting record, and certainly everyone plays well enough, but Rivers was a square peg and it shows.
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Those who study Miles' career know that he was in something of a creative rut in the early 60's. The departure of Coltrane and later the Kelly, Chambers & Cobb rhythm section left Miles looking for a new creative pool of ideas and expression. The arrival of Carter, Hancock, Williams, and Coleman gave him a working band and while the music these guys made was exceedingly good, there was nothing extraordinarily new and exciting really happening. When Coleman vacated the tenor sax chair, Miles once again tried and failed to secure Wayne Shorter - the man Coltrane recommended to Miles when he departed. Enter Sam Rivers for a stint that lasted but a few weeks.

Rivers was recommended by the young Tony Williams. Note that Tony had also recommended Eric Dolphy but Miles was having none of that. What's interesting is Rivers and Dolphy, while they sound nothing alike and don't even play the same horn, approach the sax in much the same way. Both have a very expressive way of playing each and every note.

While it's true that Rivers wasn't the player Miles was looking for, it is clear that his presence changed the way Miles' band listened to one another and played. Just listen to the version of "So What" on Tokyo and compare it to the recording made in Berlin a couple of months later with Wayne Shorter on sax. It's as if Miles made a giant leap forward on Tokyo and then took a step back. The rhythm section on Tokyo sounds much closer to what we hear on ESP than the first recording with Shorter (Berlin). Rivers is positively outrageous on So What, you've never heard a Miles Davis band that sounds like THAT.

Another good reason for purchasing Tokyo is that is includes what biographer Chambers calls the essential performance of Funny Valentine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars With Sam Rivers on tenor, this was a historical quintet.
For Miles Davis enthusiasts this is a significant point in his eponymous groupings over the years. The last minute inclusion of Sam Rivers actually changed the direction of the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by RAW
4.0 out of 5 stars Miles at his progressive best
Miles at his best with his most exciting band since he played with Coltrane. Progressive, inventive, complex & dynamic; there couldnt be a more exciting electric jazz album.
Published 11 months ago by alco
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! I play it on my automobile's compact disc player.
Always enjoyed Miles' playing. The addition of Sam Rivers, who preceded Wayne Shorter was also a plus. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Horace W. Bulger
4.0 out of 5 stars What might have been a mediocre live date is transfigured by the...
The early 1960s were a low point in Miles Davis's career. The jazz trumpeter's early quintet had fallen apart with the departure of John Coltrane, plus Davis couldn't come up with... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Christopher Culver
5.0 out of 5 stars sam rivers.shaw nuff
Incredible recording.Have almost all of Miles.Buy this for Sam.His solo on "If I were a bell" remains raw, soulful, original, and clear as a bell-every time I listen. Read more
Published on July 10, 2010 by monks time
5.0 out of 5 stars AS ALWAYS MILES COMES THRU !!!
MILES DAVIS ALWAYS LEAVES ME WANTING TO HEAR MORE OF MILES. I'M ALWAYS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING THAT I DON'T HAVE ON CD. I HAVE LP'S . SO I'M COLLECTING THE CD'S NOW. Read more
Published on March 3, 2010 by Markco
5.0 out of 5 stars finally!
this album once available only as an import is finally here.

upon, first listening to "if i were a bell" the tune seemed to be at a faster tempo than the studio version. Read more
Published on January 20, 2006 by easzybee
3.0 out of 5 stars Miles Davis starts to change his sound
Before buying this, you must be sure where you stand on the Miles Davis spectrum. If you're a fan of his earlier work with his first Quintet and are looking for that steady,... Read more
Published on January 2, 2006 by Ian Dankner
4.0 out of 5 stars MILES IN TOKYO: excellent overseas live
this is a great document of a live show in tokyo by Miles Davis on july 14, 1964. the highlight of this disc is hearing the incredible Sam Rivers on tenor sax. Read more
Published on September 25, 2005 by J. Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern construction of Jazz.
Against to my expectations, Sam Rivers plays more traditionally his solo, especially in "My Funny Valentine" than John Coltrane at 1960 in Europe with Miles Davis. Read more
Published on September 21, 2005 by Naoki Kawasumi
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