Five Legendary 1960 Concerts Officially Available For First Time in New Box Set in Latest Volume in Award-Winning Miles Davis Bootleg Series
Documents the Final Chapter in the Landmark Collaboration Between Miles Davis and John Coltrane: Their Last Live Performances Together!
Miles Davis & John Coltrane - The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 brings together, for the first time in an authorized edition with state-of-the-art production, five mythic concert performances as heard by lucky audiences during the epochal Spring 1960 Jazz At The Philharmonic European Tour. Showcasing the musical chemistry shared by Miles and Trane, the 4CD box set offers five of the best recorded shows from that pivotal 1960 tour (Coltrane's last as sideman): two shows from Paris's L'Olympia Theater on Monday, March 21; two shows from the next night at Stockholm's Konserthuset; and one from Copenhagen's Tivolis Koncertsal three days later, on March 24. The collection was produced by the multi-Grammy winning team of producers Steve Berkowitz, Michael Cuscuna and Richard Seidel and mastered by multi-Grammy winning Sony Music engineer Mark Wilder.
Miles Davis and John Coltrane were each implementing their own jazz revolutions at the time these recordings were made and the electrifying sonic frisson produced by the sometimes-competing/sometimes-intertwining musical visions of the artists perplexed contemporary jazz fans--many of whom were just getting acquainted with the recently-released and now iconic Kind of Blue. "Much happened on that 1960 tour onstage and off, including powerful, emotionally charged performances in which one can hear the swinging, divergent energy of a band, and the unfiltered reactions of the European audiences: the crowd responses are indeed an inherent part of these historic performances," writes Grammy Award-winning music historian Ashley Kahn in his in-depth revelatory liner notes.
The repertoire performed here is a veritable "Greatest Hits" including "'Round Midnight," "Bye Bye Blackbird," "On Green Dolphin Street," "Walkin'," "All Of You" and "Oleo," all of which he had made his own and had been performing for some time. As well as more recent additions to the repertoire which were composed by Davis – "So What" and "All Blues" - both from Kind Of Blue. The Final Tour is essential listening, an invitation to travel through time to experience the enduring beauty and magic of Miles and Trane at the peak of their collective powers. The ensemble includes Davis (trumpet), Coltrane (tenor sax), Wynton Kelly (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), and Jimmy Cobb (drums), all of whom had been performing together since the Kind Of Blue album. The Final Tour closes with a rare contemporaneous audio interview with John Coltrane (conducted by Swedish deejay Carl-Erik Lindgren).
Miles Davis (trumpet)
John Coltrane (tenor saxophone)
Wynton Kelly (piano)
Paul Chambers (bass)
Jimmy Cobb (drums)
• 4CD box set
• Featuring 5 legendary 1960 concerts (Paris, Stockholm and Copenhagen) officially available for the first time
• Focuses on the final chapter in the landmark collaboration between Miles Davis and saxophonist John Coltrane: their last live performances together
• Produced by the multi-Grammy winning team of producers Steve Berkowitz, Michael Cuscuna and Richard Seidel
• Mastered by multi-Grammy winning Sony Music engineer Mark Wilder
• Exclusive liner notes by Grammy Award-winning music historian Ashley Kahn