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The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel 1965
Miles Davis
The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel 1965
Genres: Jazz, Pop
This eight-CD set captures Miles Davis's second great quintet at its fiercest, loose with both the blossoming of familiarity between the players and the broadness of its attacks on the mostly well known tunes the group cal...  more »


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All Artists: Miles Davis
Title: The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel 1965
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 7/18/1995
Release Date: 7/18/1995
Album Type: Box set, Live
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Cool Jazz, Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 8
SwapaCD Credits: 8
UPCs: 074646695524, 074646695524

This eight-CD set captures Miles Davis's second great quintet at its fiercest, loose with both the blossoming of familiarity between the players and the broadness of its attacks on the mostly well known tunes the group called during two nights at Chicago's Plugged Nickel in 1965. And you can hear it all, from "The Theme" that closed the quintet's sets to multiple, radically different takes of several tunes. Davis formed this band with just its heated potential in mind, opting for youth in Wayne Shorter's tenor sax, Herbie Hancock's piano, Ron Carter's bass, and, especially, Tony Williams's unlocked rhythmic energy. It does the mind good when listening to these takes on "If I Were a Bell," "Stella by Starlight," and the polarizing "All Blues" and "No Blues" that Williams was under 20 when punching this group's forward motion. These live shows make clear that Davis was a savvy cat, sticking to the tried 'n' true when playing live and then indulging new tunes that eschewed formulaic jazz structures on the string of his new quintet's explosive studio recordings that began months earlier with E.S.P. (all of them found on the Grammy-winning Complete Columbia Studio Sessions, 1965-'68 box set). But the Plugged Nickel tunes show that familiar or not, these tunes are platforms for scrappy creative apexes when played live. Davis's trumpet is typically midrange, except when he deconstructs even his own range limitations with squawks and artful miscues. Shorter braves convolutions that tear into his tone, taking his solos far afield from the harmony and melodies at hand only to reshape the tunes. As live jazz, this collection is possibly some of the best in recorded history, adventurous without leaving the ears boxed and powerfully enlightening about where Miles Davis would go in the 1960s. --Andrew Bartlett

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Plugged Nickle Sessions (1965) Miles Davis Quintet (Live)
Brian D. Fitzpatrick | Medford, MA | 04/16/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Miles Davis-trumpet
Wayne Shorter-tenor
Herbie Hancock-piano
Ron Carter-bass
Tony Williams-drums

Miles Davis over a period of time convinced Shorter to leave Blakey's band,Blakey hired him in 1959,his tenure with Art was a productive one as a player as well as a composer.Wayne played with 'Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers' from 1959-1964.These were crucial years for the development of Shorter's signature voice.In 1964 Davis had been searching for an extended period of time for a saxophonist to replace John Coltrane.When Shorter joined the rest of the quintet there began an amazing and fruitful tenure with the newly formed quintet which lasted from 1964-1970.The resulting years set the stage for attempting new ideas and
approaches.These guys were all 'trailblazers',experimenting with new
melodic,harmonic,and rhythmic approaches to the already well established lanquage of jazz.Herbie Hancock had this to say about Shorter's tenure in the group "the master writer,in that group to me was Wayne Shorter,Wayne was of one of the few people who brought music to Miles that he didn't change".Another interesting reaction is Miles's comment regarding Shorter's contributions to the quintet "he was a real composer,he writes scores,works the parts for everybody just as he wanted them to sound" Shorter composed extensively for Miles,including works on 'E.S.P.',
'Prince of Darkness','Neffertiti',and 'Sanctuary',just to name a few.
This is the best live recording of the band I've ever come across.And I wanted to take my hat off to the engineering on this recording,considering the technology of the time,godbless them,they pulled off such great quality sound.The Quintet seems 'at home' during these sessions,comfortable.On all the title cuts there is ample space provided for these 5 masters to create remarkable music,that seems as fresh today as it was,when it was recorded 43 yrs. ago live in Chicago at 'The Plugged Nickle'.

Miles' quintet caught alive and raw
Dennis W. Wong | 11/06/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The day of September 11 was a fateful day for all and of course I was stunned when my boss called me not to come in--it was 7am and work because of what happened when I turned on the TV saw the tragedy unfold. I decided to get out of the house and at least drive somewhere to get out of the funk/depression I was in. I wound up at a Barnes & Noble and saw this boxed set priced at $129.95. Since I had a large tax refund from Sam and the state, I splurged and acquired this set. To me it was a trip into that mysterious state of creativity that only a few artists like Miles and Bill Evans enter--and it provided some relief in the days to come. Everytime I listen to it there is always something new to discover and the recording quality is a huge improvement over the "Cook'ng at the Plugged Nickel" single CD. If you are a student of this improvisational music then you owe to yourself to pick this up!! The late Anthony Williams is so well recorded here that you swear you're right there in the club!! Anyway if you're ever in a funk, check this one out!!"
Wish I'd been there
Jim Z | 12/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"8 sprawling discs of 1965 Miles. Took 30 years to get it released , but well worth the wait when it came out in 1995. What can be said about Miles that hasn't been said a million times over ? words it....listen to it.....and you WILL be there , just as I am , in spirit , every time it spins in my player."