Miles Davis’ legendary 1970 performance at the Fillmore East in New York City will be released in its entirety in March. The four-disc box set is being released as part of The Bootleg Series and will feature the unedited version of his four night run at the Fillmore East, which took place on June 17th through the 20th. The original effort was released in October of 1970, as a double LP, which each side of the record containing an edited version of the concert. In order to make each show fit on a side of an LP, Miles and producer Teo Macero edited the live performances in the studio, much like they edited his previous studio album Bitches Brew. The new release marks the first time we will hear the unedited concerts.
Miles Davis released his landmark album Bitches Brew in April of 1970. The album revolutionized jazz by combining rock and roll elements and electronic instruments and introduces the legendary trumpeter to a new generation of fans.
His touring band at the time was comprised of Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette, Airto Moreira and Steve Grossman. The group pushed the limits of improvisation and these concerts have a palpable energy that leaps off the record.
Miles at the Fillmore – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3 will be released on March 25th.
Back in 2007, I interviewed Miles’ son Erin and his nephew Vincent Wilburn Jr. It was right around the time they release Evolution of the Groove, which featured some outtakes and remixes including a blistering rendition of Miles’ 1969 track “It’s About That Time,” featuring Carlos Santana. As a fan of the original Live at the Fillmore East album, I asked if they would ever consider releasing the unedited versions of the concerts. Erin looked at Vince and pointed at me and said, “That’s a good idea.” I am thrilled to report that we will finally get to hear these incredible concerts they way they went down.
MILES AT THE FILLMORE – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3 contains 135 minutes of previously unreleased music and never-before-released bonus live tracks from The Fillmore West. The set contains a 36-page booklet that accompanies the box set contains a number of specially written pieces, including a 2,200-word first-hand account by Carlos Santana, examining Miles’ complex place in the pantheon of jazz, funk and rock, and his intriguing relationship with Bill Graham during the near two-year span that Miles played shows at the Fillmore East and West.
MILES AT THE FILLMORE – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3
(Columbia/Legacy 88765 43381 2)
Disc One (Fillmore East, Wednesday, June 17, 1970) – Selections: 1. Introduction by Bill Graham • 2. Directions • 3. The Mask • 4. It’s About That Time • 5. Bitches Brew • 6. The Theme • Bonus tracks (Fillmore West, April 11, 1970): 7. Paraphernalia • 8. Footprints.
Disc Two (Fillmore East, Thursday, June 18, 1970) – Selections: 1. Directions • 2. The Mask • 3. It’s About That Time • 4. Bitches Brew • 5. The Theme • 6. Spanish Key (Encore) • 7. The Theme.
Disc Three (Fillmore East, Friday, June 19, 1970) – Selections: 1. Directions • 2. The Mask • 3. It’s About That Time • 4. I Fall In Love Too Easily • 5. Sanctuary • 6. Bitches Brew • 7. The Theme • Bonus track (Fillmore West, April 11, 1970): 8. Miles Runs The Voodoo Down.
Disc Four (Fillmore East, Saturday, June 20, 1970) – Selections: 1. Directions • 2. The Mask • 3. It’s About That Time • 4. I Fall In Love Too Easily • 5. Sanctuary • 6. Bitches Brew • 7. Willie Nelson • 8. The Theme.