Miles Davis at Fillmore

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Miles Davis at Fillmore
Live album by Miles Davis
Released December 1970
Recorded June 17–20, 1970
at the Fillmore East, New York
Genre Jazz-rock[1]
Length 101:26
Label Columbia
Producer Teo Macero
Miles Davis chronology
Bitches Brew
(1970)
Miles Davis at Fillmore
(1970)
Jack Johnson
(1971)

Miles Davis at Fillmore is a 1970 live album by jazz trumpeter Miles Davis and band, recorded at the Fillmore East, New York City on four consecutive days, June 17 through June 20, 1970, originally released as a double vinyl LP. The performances featured the double keyboard set-up Davis toured with for a few months, with Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea playing electronic organ and Fender Rhodes, respectively.

Compositions include, besides the standard "I Fall in Love Too Easily", tracks from his fusion studio album Bitches Brew. The live performances were heavily edited by producer Teo Macero, and the results were named for the day of the week the band performed; only on the 1997 Columbia CD reissue were the compositions and composers identified and indexed.

On March 25 2014 the full recordings of the performances have been issued officially as "Miles at the Fillmore – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3".

Release history[edit]

Miles Davis at Fillmore was released on vinyl as a double album, with liner notes written by Morgan Ames of High Fidelity, and Mort Goode. It was released on CD in Japan in 1987, but not made available on CD in the States until 1997, when Columbia released it as one of five live albums from the same period (the others being Live-Evil, In Concert: Live at Philharmonic Hall, Dark Magus, and Black Beauty: Live at the Fillmore West). This reissue featured additional liner notes by drummer Jack DeJohnette. Columbia aimed the release for the jazz market but also for college and alternative radio stations.[2]

Marguerite Eskridge, Davis' girlfriend at the time, appeared in the album cover's photo collage.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau B[5]
Down Beat 4/5 stars[6]
Entertainment Weekly B−[7]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[9]

In a 1981 review, music critic Robert Christgau wrote that the album is "more unfocused" and less "great" than Bitches Brew because it meanders "unforgivably", particularly Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett's keyboard playing on "Wednesday". He felt that each track offers "treasures" that should have been edited together, including "the cool atmospherics that lead off Wednesday, the hard bop in extremis toward the end of Thursday, the way Miles blows sharply lyrical over Jack DeJohnette's rock march and Airto Moreira's jungle sci-fi for the last few minutes of Friday, all the activity surrounding Steve Grossman's solo on Saturday."[5] In The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), J. D. Considine said that At Fillmore eschewed the "lyricism" of Black Beauty for "a frenzied, clangorous approach."[10]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Miles Davis, except where noted.

1971 double LP[edit]

Record one
  1. "Wednesday Miles" (June 17, 1970) – 24:14
  2. "Thursday Miles" (June 18, 1970) – 26:55
Record two
  1. "Friday Miles" (June 19, 1970) – 27:57
  2. "Saturday Miles" (June 20, 1970) – 22:20

1997 CD reissue[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Teo Macero
  • Recording Engineer: Stan Tonkel
  • Mixed by Russ Payne
  • Original Cover Design: Nick Fasciano
  • Cover Photography: Jim Marshall
  • Original Liner Photography: Don Hunstein

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Miles Davis". Allmusic. Retrieved June 5, 2013. "...Davis turned more overtly to a jazz-rock style...He followed it with such similar efforts as Miles Davis at Fillmore East" 
  2. ^ Macnie, Jim (June 7, 1997). "Columbia/Legacy to Present Miles Davis 'Live & Electric!'". Billboard. pp. 9, 88. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ "GoogleBooks Preview". Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ Allmusic review
  5. ^ a b Christgau 1981, p. 101.
  6. ^ "Review: Miles Davis At Fillmore". Down Beat: 65. July 1997. 
  7. ^ Sinclair, Tom (August 1, 1997). Review: Miles Davis live albums. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on February 26, 2011.
  8. ^ Heckman, Don (July 27, 1997). "Unleashing More of the Davis Legacy : MILES DAVIS". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ Considine et al. 2004, p. 215.
  10. ^ Considine et al. 2004, p. 219.

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