Issued in a foldout cardboard sleeve vinyl replica, with 24-page booklet and obi. This package contains previously released material. Obi: "The complete studio sessions with over two hours of audio including false starts, alternate takes, studio dialogue, and non-album tracks. 24-page deluxe booklet contains detailed liner notes alongside rare, unforgettable images, and Grammy®-nominated essay Kind Of Blue At 50 by Francis Davis."
This fascinating release comprises live recordings made at the end of 1956, when Miles accepted an offer to tour Europe with a formation called the Birdland All Stars, which also included Lester Young and the Modern Jazz Quartet, along with European musicians such as pianist René Urtréger, bassist Pierre Michelot and drummer Christian Garros. We have here the one and only existing evidence of Miles playing with Lester Young and with the MJQ. It also presents a rare occasion to find Miles playing as the sole horn in a quartet format.
By 1972 Miles Davis was firmly established as the most innovative and influential jazz artist on the planet. Taped between the recording and release of his controversial On The Corner album, this dense, polyrhythmic set captures the first of four consecutive performances he gave at Paul’s Mall in Boston, showcasing a new, Indian-influenced sound, and was originally broadcast on the local WBCN-FM station. It’s presented here together with background notes and images.