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Miles’ septet live in Stockholm featuring musicians that would later appear on his 1974 jazz-rock classic, Get Up With It.
Miles needs no introduction here. The Prince of Darkness, King of Cool is unsurprisingly one of our all-time favorite jazz musicians and we’ve played records from just about every Miles era at the In Sheep’s Clothing listening bar. In A Silent Way and On the Corner have been featured so far in our online collection and you can expect more Miles to be added soon…
This live recording comes from 1973 during another period of change for Miles. He had already released the groundbreaking Bitches Brew in 1970 and pushed the “fusion” sound forward once again with 1972’s On the Corner. Miles would go deeper into his “rock phase” next and this particular performance shows Miles’ new septet blending world, jazz and rock elements in an entirely new way with two guitars and loads of percussion. The septet’s configuration is listed below:
Miles Davis – Trumpet
Dave Liebman – Tenor & Soprano Sax, Flute
Pete Cosey – Guitar & Percussion
Reggie Lucas – Guitar
Michael Henderson – Electric Bass
Al Foster – Drums
James “Mtume” Forman – Congas & Percussion
Miles’ septet toured Europe from October 24 to November 21, 1973, as part of the Newport Jazz Festival in Europe. Members from this group would go on to record on tracks featured on Miles’ 1974 compilation Get Up With It, a “worldbeat fusion” classic that includes some of our all-time favorite Miles tunes like the 30-minute long epic “He Loved Him Madly” and the rolling percussion funk “Rated X.” Stream Get Up With It below.