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Miles! Live at Montreux: The Definitive Miles Davis at Montreux Collection, 1973-1991 (2011)

Miles Davis , Miles Davis  |  NR |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Miles Davis
  • Directors: Miles Davis
  • Format: Box set, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 24, 2011
  • Run Time: 1092 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005ESRNGC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,571 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

This historically important 10 DVD set captures all of Miles Davis performances at the renowned Montreux Jazz Festival between
1973 and 1991, the last being less than three months before his death. It is an unparalleled archive of live Miles Davis
performances and is now being released on a visual format for the first time ever. Although many tracks are repeated across the
years the concerts are strikingly individual with extensive improvisation and frequent rearrangements. The final concert from 1991
sees Miles Davis paying tribute to his collaborator and close find Gil Evans who had died in 1988. With Miles philosophy of never
look back it was extraordinary that he would agree to perform such a show and it was a truly unique occasion captured here for
posterity. Miles Davis is undeniably one of the most important and successful jazz figures of the 20th century. This unrivalled DVD
box set of his live performances at Montreux is a release to be truly cherished.
Bonus Features
On disc one there are full interviews with Claude Nobs, Carlos Santana and Herbie Hancock plus shorter interviews about Miles Davis
with Monty Alexander, Helen Merrill, Betty Carter, Charlie Haden, Gil Goldstein, Stanley Clarke, Jean Luc Ponty and Al Di Meola and
Michel Petrucciani.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're a Miles fan... December 25, 2011
By blyons
Format:DVD
I am honored to be the first reviewer of this fine collection.

Amazon's title for this product is wrong. This 10 DVD set covers musical appearances that Miles Davis made at the Montreaux Jazz Festival from 1973 until 1991.

When I saw that this became available, I begged my wife to get it for me for Christmas. It's Christmas Day, and I'm watching. I've been listening to some of these tracks since the "Live Around the World" CD came out in 1996. The rest of the tracks were released on the limited edition "The Complete Miles Davis At Montreux: 1973-1991" boxed set in 2002. It's now out of print and sells here on Amazon for $390. If you're a fan of Miles' work from 1973 - 1991 you must add this to your collection. There is something magical about being able to see Kenny Garrett, Bob Berg, Kei Akagi, Darryl Jones, Ricky Wellman, Robert Irving III, John Scofield, Foley McReary and other incredible musicians interacting, learning and growing with Miles.

Having heard all of these tracks before, I'll comment specifically about the quality of the package and the audio and video.

First of all, the audio is crystal clear in 2 track stereo. DTS and 5.1 mixes are also available. Unfortunately, I don't own a 5.1 or DTS rig so I can only guess that the audio quality is equally as good. I have purchased several Eagle Vision jazz music videos in the past and I can attest to their meticulous attention to detail on all of their fine products.

Video Continuity/Synchronization is great. I'm guessing that this is probably why there has been a 5 year lag between the release date of the CD box set and the video collection. Eagle Vision and Claude Nobs have taken their time making sure that the video matches the audio perfectly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars can't get enough Miles live March 20, 2012
Format:DVD
I have been watching this for months now, and I still haven't gotten to every disc in the set. There is so much great playing and subtlety that you can easily watch each show 7-8 times without even beginning to get bored.

This is mostly 1980s Miles, so it is a great combination of funk, jazz and pop. Not as innovative as the 1960s and 1970s Miles, perhaps, but the improvisation and chops are there. And Miles is still a one-of-a-kind band leader who can get the best performances out of his sidemen. I particularly recommend the Scofield/Berg/Jones era of Discs 2-5.

I'm sure I'll still be watching these regularly in a year and maybe even five years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing! June 3, 2013
Format:DVD
I've been listening to Miles since 1964 when I first joined the CBS Australian Record Club, so I have grown up with Miles's many band incarnations and movements in music - the New Directions in Jazz, as some might recall. In later years I was able to see Miles live, in the 70s and the 80s (1988 being the last time).
Apart from the first disc on this magnificent set which captures one track from 1973, this documents several versions of Miles's bans at Montreux through the mid-80s to the l991 concert.
This means there is a degree of repetition in the pieces played, but every version is different enough top warrant inclusion. Different sounds, different solos, different dynamics within the bands. These are extremely well-shot concerts, superbly edited and sounding just wonderful. Apart from the work with Gil Evans (and let's not forget the superb Aura) Miles big band dates were pretty scarce. But some of these groups from the 1980s, particularly those with Robbin Ford on guitar, create a big band wall of sound as the various players weave in and out the massive electronic keyboard arrangements. If you like Miles, then this is well worth a look and listen. If you love Miles, then it's a must-have. As another reviewer said, there's far too much to take in in just one viewing. It's music for the ages - raw and powerful, sweet and gentle by turns.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles of Miles! November 3, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I bought the original audio CD set back when it was released but ending up selling it (but not before ripping it to my collection) and i am a little sorry I did. However, it is time for redemption. This is box set is the same collection but gives you the concert video. This bring everything so much more to life. Just listening is one thing and it is wonderful but to see how Miles played and how cool he really was on stage is a major treat. You can't go wrong in buying this set since as of this writing Amazon has reduced it to $99.99. Now this is a steal.
I have not seen all the discs yet but I know what to expect and that is top notch performing by Mile s and his band. The only thing this does not include is disc 20 from the audio CD release which is the July 17th concert with keyboardist Deron Johnson. No matter though this is worth more than what you will pay to see a master musician play live.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! June 5, 2012
By bosco
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It's pricey,but worth it if you're a Miles fan.A lot of overlap of songs but that's to be expected.Wish there was more concerts with Robben Ford.Some really intense funky grooves going on here.Sound is quite good.
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