MILES DAVIS & JOHN COLTRANE – THE FINAL TOUR: THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 6 4CD SET

MILES DAVIS & JOHN COLTRANE – THE FINAL TOUR: THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 6  4CD SET

MILES DAVIS & JOHN COLTRANE – THE FINAL TOUR: THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 6 4CD SET

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The 4CD set The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series Vol. 6 includes concerts recorded in Paris, Copenhagen and Stockholm.

The latest entry in the acclaimed Miles Davis Bootleg Series focuses on the final chapter in the landmark collaboration between Davis and saxophonist John Coltrane: their last live performances together.

Miles and Coltrane first collaborated in 1955, when Davis recruited the tenor saxophonist alongside pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones. This “first great quintet” debuted on record with ‘Round About Midnight, Miles’ first album for Columbia Records in 1957. These early recordings showcased the stunning contrasts between Miles’ spacious, melodic lines and Trane’s cascading high-energy solos, famously described by the critic Ira Gilter in 1958 as “sheets of sound.”

While the quintet disbanded shortly after the release of ‘Round About Midnight, Coltrane was back in Miles’ ensemble in early 1958. A year later, the Miles Davis Sextet (Davis, Coltrane, Chambers, saxophonist Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, pianist Bill Evans and drummer Jimmy Cobb) recorded the historic Kind Of Blue, the best-selling jazz album of all time. That same year, Coltrane built upon the modal jazz ideas of Kind Of Blue (based on scales or “modes” instead of chords) on his fifth studio album Giant Steps, released by Atlantic Records in 1960.

Giant Steps established Coltrane as one of the most innovative bandleaders of the genre, and it became clear that his rising star would take him in a different direction than Davis. Even so, Miles could not immediately find a suitable replacement for a Jazz At The Philharmonic tour of Europe organized by jazz impresario Norman Granz, and persuaded his bandmate to join him one last time. It was Trane’s first trip to the continent, and his intense, exploratory playing often baffled audiences (who responded vocally).

Nonetheless, these early performances from that European tour—Miles and Trane’s last outing together before Coltrane passed away in 1967—showcased both musicians’ incredible influence on the changing sound of jazz. The beautiful music they made together is presented here for the first time from the original ¼” analog tapes recorded by national broadcasters in France and Sweden.

TRACK LIST

CD 1

Olympia Theatre, Paris – March 21, 1960

First Concert

  1. All of You
  2. So What
  3. On Green Dolphin Street

Second Concert

  1. Walkin’

CD 2

Olympia Theatre, Paris – March 21, 1960 (second concert continued)

  1. Bye Bye Blackbird
  2. ‘Round Midnight
  3. Oleo
  4. The Theme

Tivoli Kosertsal, Copenhagen – March 24, 1960

  1. Introduction
  2. So What
  3. On Green Dolphin Street
  4. All Blues
  5. The Theme (incomplete)

CD 3

Koncerthuset, Stockholm – March 22, 1960 (first concert)

  1. Introduction by Norman Granz
  2. So What
  3. Fran Dance
  4. Walkin’
  5. The Theme

CD 4

Koncerthuset, Stockholm – March 22, 1960 (second concert)

  1. So What
  2. On Green Dolphin Street
  3. All Blues
  4. The Theme
  5. John Coltrane Interview by Carl-Erik Lindgren