Monday, August 22, 2016

Miles on Monday: New "Bootleg Series" box set to feature "second great quintet," and more

This week in Miles Davis news:

* Columbia/Legacy Recordings announced last week the upcoming release of Miles Davis Quintet: Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series, Vol 5, a three-CD set featuring more than two hours of previously unreleased studio recordings made from 1966 to 1968 that feature the band known as Davis' "second great quintet," with Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass and Tony Williams on drums.

The box set (pictured), which has been "newly mixed and mastered in high resolution audio" will include the complete session reels from Davis' album Miles Smiles, with "rehearsals, partial and alternate takes, studio conversation and more." The set's release is scheduled for Friday, October 21 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the original release of Miles Smiles.

* Rolling Stone magazine published a feature story titled "Miles Davis: 15 Essential Albums".

* In a new interview with Jazz Times, guitarist John McLaughlin recalls his work with Davis, along with other highlights of his career.

* The latest episode of the podcast To My Future Vinyl Collectors features an extended discussion of Davis' landmark album Bitches Brew.

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