Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Miles Davis & Quincy Jones - Live At Montreux

Although Miles Davis did not live to participate in Gerry Mulligan's reunion recordings featuring the nonet that played on the famous late-'40s and early-'50s cool sessions, he participated in a reunion concert held at Montreux in 1991. This featured both the Gil Evans Orchestra and George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, plus additional guests Benny Bailey, Grady Tate, Carlos Benavent and various European players teaming with a gravely ill Davis to perform Gil Evans' marvelous arrangements. Quincy Jones conducted and conceived the idea of using two orchestras, offering majestic surroundings for the solos of Davis, fellow trumpeter Wallace Roney and alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett. Not every moment is golden, but the overall session ranks just a bit below the majestic '50s and '60s dates featuring Davis' trumpet and Evans' arrangements. - by Ron Wynn, AMG

Having read the mixed reviews of this live album I was at first somewhat reluctant to add it to my collection of Miles Davis classics. However, I was eventually tempted after listening to a couple of tracks from this much talked about 1991 Montreux concert. Sure, this is Miles in his twilight days, but what makes this recording great is that it marked his long awaited return to the sounds of the brilliant Gil Evans era. The mood of the album is truly celebratory and is handled more like a highlights reel than a serious retrospective. Most tracks are short and punchy, apart from `Solea', which is understandably longer and reflects another dimension to one of my favourite Davis/Evans compositions. Full credit must go to the maestro Quincy Jones; only someone of his status could have taken Miles back to the music of that time... as we know he was always looking forward. Quincy's arrangement is certainly sympathetic to Miles' condition at the time, with few belting numbers, but rather a string of smooth arrangements supported by a tight big band. Of special mention is Wallace Roney on trumpet, who supports Miles seamlessly, while always giving `the man' room to express himself on tracks like `Summertime'. The Montreux crowd were certainly fortunate that night and from their response you can sense that they were well aware of this special moment. The terrific thing about this album is that you can enjoy it either as an introduction or simply as a celebration of the Davis/Evans collaboration and wonderful music it produced. - by Painterboy, Amazon.com

Artist: Miles Davis & Quincy Jones
Album: Miles & Quincy Live at Montreux
Year: 1991
Label: Warner
Runtime. 56:45

Tracks:
1. Introduction 1:23
2.  Boplicity (Cleo Henry) 3:40
3.  Introduction To "Miles Ahead" Medley 0:08
4.  Springsville (John Carisi) 3:33
5.  Maids Of Cadiz (Gil Evans) 3:37
6.  The Duke (Dave Brubeck) 4:00
7.  My Ship (Kurt Weill) 4:10
8.  Miles Ahead (Gil Evans) 3:38
9.  Blues For Pablo (Gil Evans) 6:06
10.  Introduction To "Porgy And Bess" Medley (George Gershwin) 0:27
11.  Orgone  (Gil Evans) 4:08
12.  Gone, Gone, Gone (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward) 1:47
13.  Summertime (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward) 2:54
14.  Here Come De Honey Man (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward) 3:40
15.  The Pan Piper (Gil Evans) 1:40
16.  Solea (Gil Evans) 11:46

Personnel:
Miles Davis (Trumpet)
Quincy Jones (Conductor)
Gil Evans (Arranger)
George Adams (Tenor Saxophone, Flute)
Benny Bailey (Flugelhorn, Trumpet)
Carlos Benavent (Double Bass, Bass Guitar)
Alex Brofsky (French Hon)
Delmar Brown (Keyboards)
Julian Cawdry (Flute, Piccolo)
John D'earth (Trumpet, Flugelhorn)
Roland Dahinden (Trombone)
Kenwood Dennard (Drums and Percussion)
Xavier Duss (Oboe)
Reiner Erb (Bassoon)
Alex Foster (Alto and Soprano Saxophone, Flute)
Hans Peter Frehner (Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Flute)
Kenny Garrett (Alto Saxophone)
Gil Goldstein (Keyboards)
George Gruntz (Piano)
Conrad Herwig (Trombone)
Howard Johnson (Tuba, Baritone Saxophone)
Bob Malach (Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone)
Tom Malone (Trombone, Trumpet)
Earl McIntyre (Euphonium, Trombone)
Anne O'Brian (Flute)
Claudio Pontiggia (French Horn)
Christian Rabe (Bassoon)
Mike Richmond (Double Bass)
John Riley (Drums and Percussion)
Wallace Rooney (Trumpet)
Roger Rosenberg (Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone)
Xenia Schindler (Harp)
Lew Soloff (Trumpet)
Marvin Stamm (Trumpet, Flugelhorn)
Dave Bargeron (Euphonium, Trombone)
Dave Taylor (Bass Trombone)
Larry Schneider (Tenor Saxophone, Oboe, Flute, Clarinet)
Jerry Bergonzi (Tenor Saxophone)
Grady Tate (Drums)

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