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Song of the Day by Eric Berman – “Footprints” by Miles Davis Quintet

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Song of the Day by Eric Berman – “Footprints” by Miles Davis Quintet

They were known as Miles Davis’ second great quintet featuring Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, Wayne Shorter on sax and Tony Williams on drums, but to some, they were his most important lineup. It was here that Miles was surrounded by a talented group of musicians who were much younger than he was.

The first great quintet featured John Coltrane on sax, Philly Joe Jones on drums, Red Garland on piano and Paul Chambers on bass and were responsible for creating a new modal language of cool Jazz on quintessential classic albums like Kind Of Blue, Round About Midnight and Milestones.

The ’60s quintet’s approach to improvisation was far more free-wheeling and the group’s musical language was far more advanced…they were all on the same plane, and that plane was otherworldly.

This quintet were responsible for classic albums like E.S.P., Miles Smiles, Sorcerer, Nefertiti, Miles In The Sky and Filles de Kilimanjaro which were recorded between the years 1965 and 1968, and can be heard live from the concert stage on the 5 CD Complete Live At The Plugged Nickel recorded in 1965 and on the 3 CD Live In Europe 1967 where today’s Song of the Day by Eric Berman was culled.

This version of Shorter’s “Footprints,” originally from the Miles Smiles album, but is heard and seen here from the DVD that came with the Live In Europe 1967 set which was the first volume of the ongoing The Bootleg Series. So far, there have been three volumes in the series…let’s hope Columbia will keep them coming.

Edited: October 29th, 2014

Song Of the Day by Eric Berman – 5/1/12

 

Song Of the Day by Eric Berman – “Yes And No” by Branford Marsalis

Before TV and Leno, there was Branford, brother of Wynton and young Turk on the saxophone. He was touring behind his 1988 album “Random Abstract” at the time of this recording and had Kenny Kirkland on piano, Bob Hurst on bass and powerhouse drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts along for the ride. Here they are tearing it up on a Wayne Shorter classic called “Yes And No.” I was fortunate enough to be at this show and a then-unknown jazz piano player by the name of Harry Connick Jr. was the opening act. Sitting at the table behind me that night was Bill Cosby, his wife, and Miles Davis. It was hard to focus on the magic unfolding on the stage with them sitting behind me. However, I did approach them after the show and shook their hands.

Edited: April 30th, 2012

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – 4/17/12

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Footprints” by Miles Davis Quintet

They were known as Miles Davis’ second great quintet featuring Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, Wayne Shorter on sax and Tony Williams on drums, but to some, they were his most important lineup, featuring Miles surrounded by a talented group of musicians who were much younger than he was. The first great quintet featured John Coltrane on sax, Philly Joe Jones on drums, Red Garland on piano and Paul Chambers on bass and were responsible for creating a new modal language of cool Jazz on quintessential classic albums like “Kind Of Blue,” “Round About Midnight” and “Milestones.” The ’60s quintet’s approach to improvisation was far more free-wheeling and the group’s musical language was far more advanced…they were all on the same plane, and that plane was otherworldly. The quintet recorded the albums “E.S.P.” “Miles Smiles,” “Sorcerer,” “Nefertiti,” “Miles In The Sky,” and “Filles de Kilimanjaro” between the years 1965 and 1968, and can be heard live from the concert stage on the 5 CD “Complete Live At The Plugged Nickel” recorded in 1965 and on the 3 CD “Live In Europe 1967.” This version of Shorter’s “Footprints,” originally from the “Miles Smiles” album, was culled from the DVD that came with the “Live In Europe 1967” set release last fall as “The Bootleg Series Volume 1.” Hopefully, Columbia will keep them coming.

Edited: April 16th, 2012

Song Of The Day – “No Blues” by Miles Davis Quintet

It’s all here on display…the fabulous and legendary quintet with Wayne Shorter on tenor sax, Ron Carter on bass, Herbie Hancock on piano, Tony Williams on drums and Miles Davis on trumpet. This clip is reportedly from The Tonight Show in 1964. I’d sure love to see Jay Leno give 9 minutes of air time to Jazz today….

Edited: August 16th, 2011