AAJ Exclusive: New Miles Davis Released at Wolfgangsvault.com

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Miles Davis
Wolfgangsvault.com today released a never-before-heard audio recording of Miles Davis at the Fillmore West, October 15, 1970. The Bill Graham produced concert, which included Leon Russell and Seatrain on the bill, features “Honkytonk," “What I Say," “Sanctuary," “Yesternow," “Bitches Brew," and “Funky Tonk." The vintage concert recording, with full context of the show's importance, is now available for free streaming right here.

From the concert summary: As the 1960s wound to a close, Miles Davis was fearlessly forging ahead into new musical directions. Following the transitional In A Silent Way, the groundbreaking double album, Bitches Brew would signal an entirely new musical form that found Davis embracing electronic instrumentation and amplification. By 1970, Davis was performing before the largest audiences of his career, often opening for popular rock bands of the era. He had opened for the Band at the Hollywood Bowl, opened Fillmore East bills for headliners Laura Nyro and Neil Young & Crazy Horse, and performed a multi-night run in April opening for the Grateful Dead at Fillmore West. These performances brought Davis a new younger audience that might not have understood the genesis of his music, but dug it just the same. Due to the success of these engagements, Bill Graham procured the Davis Septet for four additional nights at Fillmore West from October 15th through 18th, opening a bill that also featured Leon Russell and Seatrain. Here we present Davis' Thursday night set, recorded on opening night of that run.

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