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Miles & Quincy Live at Montreux
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Miles & Quincy Live at Montreux
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop


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All Artists: Miles Davis
Title: Miles & Quincy Live at Montreux
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Rhino/Wea UK
Release Date: 1/13/2008
Album Type: Import
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Cool Jazz, Swing Jazz, Orchestral Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 081227320928, 093624522126, 093624522140

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Uh, Forgettable.
Vegan Daddy | Roslyn, WA | 11/06/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Let me start to say, I think this is one of the coolest in the later Miles Davis album covers. You get Miles' grill right up front - simple and very stylish.

Now for the music. The selections are outstanding - the fabulous and fabled collaborations between two musical geniuses (Miles & Gil). Quincy does an excellent job interpreting the scores and the orchestra plays wonderfully (they do get a little loud compared to the delicate Stereo sound of the original recordings). Here's my schtik - Miles is out of shape for this performance. If you haven't seen the video, he looks like he is about to keel over. Wallace Roney sits by his side the entire performance and practically plays all of the time. Miles sort of "helps out" and hardly plays at all. Wallace Roney is almost uncredited to this "Miles" CD and should have his name on the cover. I deem this "Miles Davis" CD, uh, Forgettable since Miles hardly plays. I think "Doo-Bop" is better than this - at least Miles plays on it.

My last rant - the PRICE. If you plan to buy this, don't buy it NEW for $18.99 (even if it's for a gift). There are currently 75 Used copies for $0.95 & up. Buy one of those and save your $ for gas. I can't believe Warner hasn't lowered the price on this dinosaur (should be $11.99 NEW). Quincy Jones must be rolling in the profits still.

The video is currently out of print and should be on DVD. It would be worth watching instead of listening.

I do recommend the Miles Davis & Gil Evans box set (or Best of Miles Davis & Gil Evans).

Good luck - and remember, buy it used."
A tribute to Davis by Jones
Jens | Montréal | 02/04/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I remember seeing this concert on TV soon after Miles Davis died, and I'm glad I taped it at the time (along with the "Tribute to Miles" concert that was aired with it). It was clear from the interviews with Quincy Jones that he really wanted to do that concert out of his tremendous respect for both Miles Davis and Gil Evans. Being one of today's great jazz arrangers, it's understandable that Jones would have such tremendous regard for Evans. On the other hand, in an interview around the same time, Miles Davis stated that he hated to play his old stuff: "I've already played that music and I've moved on" (or words to that effect). Whereas Davis was a man of few words, it was clear that he admired Quincy Jones, so I doubt that he had serious reservations about playing the concert with him at Montreux, but simply that he found it a bit boring and redundant to play his old music. Being a great fan of Miles Davis' post-fusion music ("In a Silent Way," "Get Up with It," and beyond), I agree that the old music can be a bit uninteresting, especially for the artist playing it. Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed hearing and seeing that concert. Jones' jazz orchestra was great as always, and the soloists were astounding, especially Kenny Garrett and Walace Roney. And, contrary to a few other reviews, Miles Davis did play quite a lot in this concert, but he tended to play his horn muted, often choosing to remain in the shadows while backing the other soloists--a generous act, I think. Those other players gave fresh life to many of the songs that people hear only on Davis' old recordings; this recording can be recommended, if only for that reason."
So Much Said About One Concert
Mr. Richard D. Coreno | Berea, Ohio USA | 07/31/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"So much has be written about the concert, and I strongly feel it is based on Miles passing away several months later.

And it always seems to center on Miles never wanting to look back on his music. But his rapidly failing health swayed his decision to join Quincy Jones and the vast number of musicians on stage for the tribute show.

Quincy Jones arranged the show and it certainly was quesionable how much Miles was going to be physically able to play, if at all. It was a shock to most involved in the project that Miles was in declining health. That Miles found the power inside himself to play says more about the person than performer.

If anything, the sound was "overproduced" due to the number of musicians used by Jones. I will let others hash out why Miles participated. But the concert is a required piece in a collection that attempts to capture Miles at every facet of his career.