Miles Davis: Live At The Fillmore East (March 7, 1970) – It’s About That Time

The Songs:

  1. Directions
  2. Spanish Key
  3. Masqualero
  4. It’s About That Time/The Theme
  5. Directions
  6. Miles Runs The Voodoo Down
  7. Bitches Brew
  8. Spanish Key
  9. It’s About That Time/Willie Nelson
Personnel:
  • Miles Davis – trumpet
  • Wayne Shorter – soprano & tenor saxophone
  • Chick Corea – electric piano
  • Dave Holland – acoustic & electric bass
  • Jack DeJohnette – drums
  • Airto Moreira – percussion

On March 7, 1970, the Miles Davis band played two sets at the legendary Fillmore East auditorium, opening for the Steve Miller Band and Neil Young’s Crazy Horse. The two sets were recorded and circulated for years as bootlegs, but were not officially released until 2001. This became one of the first official recordings of Miles’ “Lost Quintet” that featured the new rhythm section of Chick Corea, Dave Holland, and Jack DeJohnette. The only member of the previous “Second Great Quintet” that had included Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams, was saxophonist Wayne Shorter. This Fillmore appearance was his last concert with the group, before he left to co-found Weather Report with Joe Zawinul. The quintet was joined by Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira, who would also go on to be a founding member of both Weather Report and Chick Corea’s Return to Forever.

The two sets featured music from Miles’ albums “In A Silent Way” and Bitches Brew.” (The latter had been recorded the previous August, but had not yet been released, thus providing the Fillmore crowd with a heavy dose of things to come.) The band is in fantastic form for these two sets, giving plenty of solo space to Shorter and Corea. The final song, “Willie Nelson,” (a tribute to the country singer), would later appear on the album “Tribute to Jack Johnson”. The new rhythm section in this quintet would prove as exciting and capable as their predecessors. It is a shame that this group has not been better represented on recordings; a situation that will hopefully change as Sony/Columbia continues to issue unreleased sessions and bootleg recordings from its extensive Miles archives. (Buy it here.)

Suggested Reading:

Richard Cook. It’s About That Time: Miles Davis On And Off Record.

Suggested Viewing:

Miles Davis. 1969 Berlin Concert.

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