Miles Electric - A Different Kind of Blue
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Miles' 1970 Isle Of Wight performance before 600,000 fans had attained legendary status over the decades, but until now only a few audio soundbites had been issued (and remarkably the entire set was never bootlegged). MILES ELECTRIC includes but is not limited to the entire 38-minute IOW performance. In 1970 Davis was perhaps in his all-time peak physical condition, and musically confident of his ability to bridge his jazz-based roots with the more adventurous pop culture sounds of that era. His trumpet work here seems limitless technically and full of fresh improvisatory ideas. And contrary his (exaggerated?) reputation, Davis is seen acknowledging the crowd with a wave of his horn when leaving the stage as the performance ends.
The rest of the group is similiarly adventurous, including Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett on keyboards, Gary Bartz on sax, Dave Holland on bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums, and Airto Moreira on various percussion. What more can you ask for than a collection of outstanding musicians -- all first-tier names in the music's history -- thinking outside the box in a variety of ways?Read more ›
The interviews which fill out the DVD to movie length are good, interesting, and at times revealing. Bonus footage is included of interview segments that didn't make the film's cut, strung together in a highly watchable manner.
This music makes no bow to commercialism. People who aren't interested in musical experimentation and boundary-smashing might find it hard to take. But make no mistake this is as good as music or art can get. This is Miles at his best and music at its best.
So I'm watching this thinking "Oh my god, not ANOTHER Miles movie with talk, talk, talk..." But then finally...
Thirty Eight minutes of Miles. Almost like it should be with no stops, no comments. Just Miles and his band. Isn't that what it's really about?
The MUSIC. The ART.
Like much of Miles' music from this period it's extremely uneven, up and down but the ups are so brilliant they are astonishing, like some kind of magic. Basically this is Miles' band from the Black Beauty/Live At Fillmore period - the NOT Bitches Brew period. It's very experimental, doesn't always work but always pushes and questions. This is Miles getting ready for Bitches Brew and the later stuff that still hasn't been equaled or even touched really. Heck this stuff hasn't been touched. Music hasn't really evolved much from Miles Magus period.
This gets 4 stars from me only because I know there is better Miles stuff out there.
My only complains are small. Too many close ups. I want to see the whole BAND 90% of the time not a close up. This is a jazz band interacting. That's the interesting part not the solos. And a bit too many cuts. For all those music video editors who think they are on the cutting edge... MTV editing is a banal cliché. Everyone does the fast cutting thing. It adds nothing. Especially to music like this that forces contemplation.Read more ›
The pieces being played are:
Bitches Brew: 10:05
It's About That Time: 6:29
Spanish Key: 8:15
The Theme: 1:55
Yes, he does actually play Go-Go at the end, just as if it were still 1959! It sounds rather out of place here.
This is an incredible performance. The moment when the "Bitches Brew" bassline starts up and Miles begins to shriek over the top is pure magic. This is fusion jazz at its absolute best. Gary Bartz' solo on "Spanish Key" is also incredible!
By the way, the "Tribute to Miles" sung by Airto Moreira at the end seems to be a rendition of "Bitches Brew"; and the pieces Carlos Santana demonstrates on the guitar are "In a Silent Way", "Spanish Key" and (his tribute to Miles) "Concierto di Aranjuez." ]
The piece played by Pete Cosey is "Turnaroundphrase" (aka "Moja")
If you have ANY interest in Jazz, or in music from around 1970, then get this NOW!!
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Its truly different even now. Well worth the audio and visualPublished 3 months ago by PHILIP V. COLEMAN
This is worth it just for the 38 minute Isle of Wight performance! Highly recommended.Published 5 months ago by Eric B. Losin
Early MIles but I consider all of his stuff classic collectors must-have..........I look forward to adding to my Miles library.Published 21 months ago by B. Priest
I bought this as a gift for my brother for his birthday and he tells me it is awesome. How could it not be! Read morePublished on February 22, 2014 by jzactor
Plug in and hold on! Miles and this assemblage of "New" musicians step "outside the box", answering the question ....? "Call it Anything"!Published on October 2, 2013 by K. Kofi Moyo
I got this dvd without any assumption, It turns out it has a documentary and the concert itself. Both parts are very good, being the concert, one of the most brilliant performances... Read morePublished on August 5, 2013 by Ike