Monday, June 22, 2015

Miles on Monday: Miles Davis Jazz Festival set for Saturday, reissue news, and more

This week in Miles Davis-related news....

* The tenth annual Miles Davis Jazz Festival will take place this Saturday, June 27 at the Jacoby Arts Center in Alton, IL.

The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and will feature performances from drummer Montez Coleman's trio, a quartet led by trumpeter Danny Campbell, and saxophonist Fred Walker.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Alton Museum, the Greater Alton Convention and Visitors Bureau, or at the door.

* On July 24, the Japanese label HiHat Records will release a vinyl version of Miles Davis Fillmore West 15/10/70, a 2-LP set (pictured) of the KPFA radio broadcast of Davis' performance at the Fillmore West on October 15, 1970.

First issued on CD in March of this year, it's a different session from Black Beauty, which was recorded at the Fillmore West in April of 1970, and also not to be confused with Miles Davis At Fillmore, a 2-LP set recorded that same year, but at the Fillmore East in NYC.

The album features Davis, saxophonist Gary Bartz, bassist Michael Henderson, keyboardist Keith Jarrett, drummer Jack DeJohnette, and percussionists Airto Moreira and Juma Santos performing "Honky Tonk," "What I Say," "Sanctuary," "Yesternow," "Bitches Brew," and "Funky Tonk/The Theme."

* Guitar Player magazine columnist Jesse Gress considers what contemporary guitarists might learn from Miles Davis' phrasing and approach to music in an article titled "Under Investigation: Miles Davis for Guitar."

* It was 48 years ago this week that Davis and his quintet took part in the second of three sessions for the album Nefertiti, the trumpeter's last recording made using only acoustic instruments. Recorded on June 7, June 22–23 and July 19, 1967 at Columbia Records' 30th Street Studio, the album would be released in March of the following year, going as high as number eight on the Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart.

You can listen to Nefertiti in its entirety, including some alternate takes that originally went unreleased, via the YouTube embed after the jump...

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