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My Funny Valentine: Miles Davis in Concert

Miles DavisAudio CD
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listen  5. I Thought About You (Live Version)11:14Album Only

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  • Audio CD (February 1, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00079I0CE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,335 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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jazz, post-bop, live concert, miles davis, cool jazz, ballads, standards

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Half of the Philharmonic show. November 3, 2005
Format:Audio CD
On February 12, 1964, Miles Davis took his band (then George Coleman- tenor sax, Herbie Hancock- piano, Ron Carter- bass, and Tony Williams- drums) to perform at New York's Philharmonic Hall, recording the show for release. Not one but two albums were yielded from this recording, "Four and More" and "My Funny Valentine". By this point, this group was a well honed unit, and their work together on these two albums is fantastic.

"My Funny Valentine" by and large collects together the ballads that were performed-- Davis was a remarkably lyrical trumpet player, and in his young rhythm section Davis had a group that could inspire and push him-- his playing had rarely in the past been as adventerous, with his solos finding him reaching, both in terms of ideas and his horn's register. In Coleman, Davis had an odd foil who could match his romanticism. The best performances show off how well this group worked together in framing Davis and Coleman's lyricism-- the title track finds the leader lush and inventive with Carter countering in the upper register before Coleman manages to out-Miles Miles. "All Blues" gets an excited presentation (no doubt due to Tony Williams' explosiveness), and "I Thought About You" features Davis at his most speechlike, enunciating through the horn before turning over to a soulful solo from Coleman and a lovely touch from Hancock.

All in all, this is quite a good show albeit not quite a flawless performance-- Davis seemed pretty uninterested in the theme on "All of You" and I don't really care for this reading of "Stella By Starlight" (although Hancock is fascinating behind the soloists). Noentheless, fans of Davis' lyrical playing wil want to check this out. Recommended.
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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never again. Last best Miles, then a change of heart February 1, 2005
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This CD was part of the 2 CD set Miles Davis in Concert 1964, My Funny Valentine & Four and More. This part is broken off. The original CDs interlaced ballads and upbeat tunes as they were performed. Then the ballads were put on one CD and upbeat stuff on another, now (finally) the ballads are released by themselves. And I say "Good for Columbia!" Ordinarily, this would be a poor practice but not in this case.

This concert was months after the Kennedy assasination (JFK). The country was in shock. The Concert was a benefit for the NAACP, CORE and SNCC. The backup band found, when they got there, that they were donating their time. Surprise! They were quite wizzed and it showed, especially in the upbeat stuff, on "Four and More" which is far too up-beat and has a forceful strong angry edge.

The ballads, captured only on this CD are wonderful. Sensitive. Miles poured his soul out through the horn. He had done this before on "Round About Midnight" "Kind of Blue" "Someday My Prince Will Come" etc (see my list) but sadly, he would not do that again.

Miles had a change of mind (or a change of heart) after '64. He played and composed his own music and continued til his death in '91. But he never really exposed the depth of his feelings like this again. And he fled from playing standards with that harmon mute.

(Yeah, Late CD's "Aura" and bit of "Tutu" are good, and other bits here and there, but he never sounded like this again.)

All cuts are good. "All Blues" is far too fast, but not angry. The much maligned George Coleman, like Hank Mobley, has a fine lyric tone (less ascerbic than Coltrane).

Brooding title cut is rumoured to be dedicated to Kennedy. CD label says "incandescent beauty and romance". Yes.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There should be more stars for music like this February 24, 2005
By Roy
Format:Audio CD
This is pure, absolute instrumental poetry. The title cut is a definitive answer to the question 'what's so great about Jazz?', in that it is one of those amazing spikes on the curve of sonic/emotional ambience that occurs all too rarely. George Coleman does not just make an enjoyable accompanist, he delivers a course on cool jazz saxaphone for the uninitiated. This album is art of a level that is rarely reached by individuals, and here we have a group reaching it together. Of course, the group was composed of giants, but this performance was one of those synergy things, in which the whole was greater than the sum of its parts - This album is an absolute must in any music collection, even if only for the cool jazz mood, which, to paraphrase Eric Dolphy, is gone, in the air, like a bird - it can never be captured again -
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Valentine For The Ages April 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is a splendid live recording, and probably one of my favorite Miles Davis CDs (I own about 30). The original recording at Lincoln Center was obviously of very good audio quality. The 1992 CD version--COMPLETE CONCERT 1964--sounded quite good. This remastered edition, which represents half the concert (disc 1 from the original set, which I prefer over disc 2) sounds even better, with more detail. Two other improvements in this new edition: 1) it starts right off with music, rather than the lengthy (1:40) Introductions by Mort Fega; 2) the liner notes include a nice new essay about the concert by bassist Ron Carter. If you haven't heard this music before, note that Miles is in very good form, George Coleman provides what's probably some of the best recorded work of his career, and Hancock, Carter, and Williams are, well......not too shabby. A most elegant performance.
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2.0 out of 5 stars the record looks fine but the funny valentine
the record looks fine but the funny valentine, which i was most looking forward to hearing, doesn't sound right. don't know what happened to it.
Published 11 days ago by bobina
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
It's taken me a long time to get Miles. I could never get over my early impression that he was a sociopath without much instrumental technique, and a steady diet of some of his... Read more
Published 16 months ago by RJS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music!
I have compiled a massage tape with his best stuff! The slow songs are great to work by. My senior clients remember these tunes.
Published on July 29, 2012 by summrbrz
4.0 out of 5 stars Live and in a sentimental mood
Typically satisfying live release during Davis's early-mid career finds one of many all-star lineups dazzling and rarely over-embellishing a few stirring ballads to contrast the... Read more
Published on September 22, 2008 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer brilliance
I can't add much more to all the previous reviews, except to say that I'm astonished & deeply moved by this recording. Read more
Published on July 1, 2008 by William Timothy Lukeman
5.0 out of 5 stars the underrated george coleman
certainly one of my favorites, miles or any other recording. each song is a stellar performance. particularly the playing of george coleman; based on this recording, coleman... Read more
Published on November 3, 2006 by Case Quarter
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Shimmers With Beauty. This One is Magical.
From the very first chord that 23 year-old Herbie Hancock plays the listener realizes that they've popped something very special (dare I say magical?) into the CD player. Read more
Published on October 22, 2006 by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars What jazz is all about
In 1964, Miles brought his quintet, with George Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams, to give a concert as a Civil Rights benefit. Read more
Published on April 29, 2006 by Michael Hardin
4.0 out of 5 stars A great piece of something that won't happen anymore.....
All you need to know before purchasing this album? This disc is a "missing link" from the Prestige-era Davis quintet and the "Bitches Brew" band. Read more
Published on March 3, 2005 by Scott A. Nichols
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