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Miles & Quincy Live At Montreux

Miles & Quincy Live At Montreux

January 24, 2011
4.1 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: January 24, 2011
  • Release Date: January 25, 2011
  • Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
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  • Total Length: 56:32
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  • ASIN: B004IJUYD2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,388 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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By Jens Jensen VINE VOICE on February 4, 2006
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I remember seeing this concert on TV soon after Miles Davis died, and I'm glad I taped it at the time (along with the "Tribute to Miles" concert that was aired with it). It was clear from the interviews with Quincy Jones that he really wanted to do that concert out of his tremendous respect for both Miles Davis and Gil Evans. Being one of today's great jazz arrangers, it's understandable that Jones would have such tremendous regard for Evans. On the other hand, in an interview around the same time, Miles Davis stated that he hated to play his old stuff: "I've already played that music and I've moved on" (or words to that effect). Whereas Davis was a man of few words, it was clear that he admired Quincy Jones, so I doubt that he had serious reservations about playing the concert with him at Montreux, but simply that he found it a bit boring and redundant to play his old music. Being a great fan of Miles Davis' post-fusion music ("In a Silent Way," "Get Up with It," and beyond), I agree that the old music can be a bit uninteresting, especially for the artist playing it. Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed hearing and seeing that concert. Jones' jazz orchestra was great as always, and the soloists were astounding, especially Kenny Garrett and Walace Roney. And, contrary to a few other reviews, Miles Davis did play quite a lot in this concert, but he tended to play his horn muted, often choosing to remain in the shadows while backing the other soloists--a generous act, I think. Those other players gave fresh life to many of the songs that people hear only on Davis' old recordings; this recording can be recommended, if only for that reason.
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Let me start to say, I think this is one of the coolest in the later Miles Davis album covers. You get Miles' grill right up front - simple and very stylish.

Now for the music. The selections are outstanding - the fabulous and fabled collaborations between two musical geniuses (Miles & Gil). Quincy does an excellent job interpreting the scores and the orchestra plays wonderfully (they do get a little loud compared to the delicate Stereo sound of the original recordings). Here's my schtik - Miles is out of shape for this performance. If you haven't seen the video, he looks like he is about to keel over. Wallace Roney sits by his side the entire performance and practically plays all of the time. Miles sort of "helps out" and hardly plays at all. Wallace Roney is almost uncredited to this "Miles" CD and should have his name on the cover. I deem this "Miles Davis" CD, uh, Forgettable since Miles hardly plays. I think "Doo-Bop" is better than this - at least Miles plays on it.

My last rant - the PRICE. If you plan to buy this, don't buy it NEW for $18.99 (even if it's for a gift). There are currently 75 Used copies for $0.95 & up. Buy one of those and save your $ for gas. I can't believe Warner hasn't lowered the price on this dinosaur (should be $11.99 NEW). Quincy Jones must be rolling in the profits still.

The video is currently out of print and should be on DVD. It would be worth watching instead of listening.

I do recommend the Miles Davis & Gil Evans box set (or Best of Miles Davis & Gil Evans).

Good luck - and remember, buy it used.
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Having read the mixed reviews of this live album I was at first somewhat reluctant to add it to my collection of Miles Davis classics. However, I was eventually tempted after listening to a couple of tracks from this much talked about 1991 Montreux concert. Sure, this is Miles in his twilight days, but what makes this recording great is that it marked his long awaited return to the sounds of the brilliant Gil Evans era. The mood of the album is truly celebratory and is handled more like a highlights reel than a serious retrospective. Most tracks are short and punchy, apart from `Solea', which is understandably longer and reflects another dimension to one of my favourite Davis/Evans compositions. Full credit must go to the maestro Quincy Jones; only someone of his status could have taken Miles back to the music of that time... as we know he was always looking forward. Quincy's arrangement is certainly sympathetic to Miles' condition at the time, with few belting numbers, but rather a string of smooth arrangements supported by a tight big band. Of special mention is Wallace Roney on trumpet, who supports Miles seamlessly, while always giving `the man' room to express himself on tracks like `Summertime'. The Montreux crowd were certainly fortunate that night and from their response you can sense that they were well aware of this special moment. The terrific thing about this album is that you can enjoy it either as an introduction or simply as a celebration of the Davis/Evans collaboration and wonderful music it produced.
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Along with Miles Davis' Kind of Blue, Miles & Quincy Live at Montreux is the must-have CD for any well stocked jazz library. Played straight through from beginning to end, the CD takes the listener on a journey through some familiar places, but the LIVE audience provides all the enthusiasm one needs to enjoy the ride in all its twists and turns. The mutual respect and, yes, love between Miles and Q is evident here, and I'm so glad they chose to make this recording. This CD is truly a treasure.
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