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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • ASIN: B000026OT4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #849,986 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album is an absolute must have for any jazz fan.
Mike Walton
A great supporting group as well: George Coleman on tenor saxophone, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass and Tony Williams on drums.
It is an honor, really, to be able to hear world-class musicians at the absolute top of their form.
Kenneth James Michael MacLean

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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Buddy Bolden on September 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The title notwithstanding, this is not in fact the "complete" concert; it's missing "Autumn Leaves." Additionally, the tracks are not sequenced as they were actually played, but as they appeared on the two original LP releases, "My Funny Valentine" and "Four and More." This is unfortunate, because while the actual concert was well paced, with a nicely varied mix of different tempos and song forms, in producing the LPs Columbia elected to put almost all of the ballads on "My Funny Valentine" (disc one here) and almost all of the up-tempo numbers on "Four and More" (disc two). To my ears, the homogenization that this arrangement entails dilutes the impact of the music somewhat.

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.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Sean M. Kelly on September 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The story goes that Miles' more or less agreed to waive his normal fees for this concert and contribte all proceeds to charity. While this probably didn't matter much to Miles in terms of the money lost, it certainly must have for Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and the still teenaged drum prodigy Tony Williams, fresh from playing with Sam Rivers' group.
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.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth James Michael MacLean on December 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This recording is one of the best jazz recordings of all time. It certainly is the best live recording I've ever heard. The liner notes to this CD recall that this 1964 concert was performed during the height of the civil rights movement. It was a benefit to register black voters in Louisiana and Mississippi. Miles decided that all of the musicians would play for free and donate, as a group, all proceeds to the movement. Backstage, some of the band members were ...[ticked] off big-time -- it was typical of Miles that he never even consulted them beforehand, but told them shortly before they were to appear on-stage. These guys came out and just literally blew the roof right off of the Lincoln Center. Everyone was hacked off, but it generated an explosive energy that each musician channeled positively into his instrument. I mean these cats just CHARGED into "So What", then sprinted through "Walkin", the 19 year-old Tony Williams back there just driving everybody to greater and greater heights. They kept it up through an inspired rendition of "Joshua", then took a break. After that break, there was no let up. They took off on "Four" and played "seven steps to heaven" like it was their very lives at stake. Ron Carter is back there walking so hard his fingers must have been falling off. During the last cut on disk 2, the band began to settle down a little, and then came out after intermission with a beautiful set of ballads. Tony Williams never liked George Coleman much, but George plays so beautifully on this date even Tony couldn't be unhappy. The two disks are both awesome, and the recording itself is technically excellent, all of the musicians can be heard pefectly.
The ballads on disc 1 are played with such feeling and deftness, it is just an absolute pleasure to listen.
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