Remastered Using Pure Analogue Components Only from the Master Tapes Through to the Cutting Head
It's 1964 and the first Berlin Jazz Festival is about to reach its absolute peak: the final concert on the night of Friday, the 25th of September by Miles Davis. And the European subsidiary of Columbia Records, CBS, couldn't wait to release this legendary event on LP. The new quintet, for the first time with Wayne Shorter on the tenor sax (and not yet as composer), thrilled and roused the audience in the Philharmonie from the first note to the last. The classics "Milestones," "So What" and "Walkin'" were performed at an astonishingly fast pace, the ballads were tender and dreamy.
Such a magical atmosphere was rarely evoked at later concerts, which was probably due to the excellent acoustics of the large concert hall. The audience was also seated behind the stage, so Miles couldn't turn his back provokingly; sometimes he just squatted on the stage. However, this didn't prevent him from performing his solos lyrically and tenderly, most of them finely nuanced, soft and gentle, yet audible right into the furthest corner. And the flawless rhythmic accompaniment created by young drummer Anthony Williams ratcheted up the excitement even further.
Miles in top form, an enthusiastic audience, impressive acoustics and, to top it all, excellent recording technology and a fantastic pressing on 180g virgin vinyl (remastered using pure analogue components only from the master tapes through to the cutting head) courtesy of Speakers Corner - what more does a jazz fan want?
Miles Davis (trumpet)
Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone)
Herbie Hancock (piano)
Ron Carter (bass)
Tony Williams (drums)