November 29 street date. Miles Davis was on the verge of forming one of his most acclaimed ensembles in 1964. It was this year that he travelled to perform in Japan for the first time, bringing with him 3/4ths of the musicians that would form his famed "second great quartet"; Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on double bass, and Tony Williams on drums. In addition, the jazz legend brought along saxophonist Sam Rivers to replace the recently exited George Coleman, who was primarily a free jazz musician, but had a long and extensive background in bebop. Davis and Rivers never developed any major chemistry between each other during the trip, and frequently found their distinct styles (Davis' cool and subdued traditional bop style contrasting with Rivers' wild but controlled avant-garde wandering) frequently clashing (or perhaps duelling) in their performances. But for all Davis and Rivers might not have meshed together, the crowd at Tokyo's Kohseinenkin Hall enjoyed it immensely. The partnership of Davis and Rivers may have been short-lived, but it did produce the live album "Miles In Tokyo" nearly five years later. The record is a rare jewel in Miles Davis' discography, featuring high-energy live versions of songs by Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter, and Richard Carpenter, as well as a restlessly fast-paced take on the Davis staple "So What". This collection has previously only been available in Japan, but is now presented on vinyl for the first time in North America by Get On Down.
Half a century from its release, shockwaves from Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew continue to reverberate throughout the universe. Leading an army of all-stars into the studio, Miles defied all conventional styles, joining the loose ends of jazz, rock and funk i
January 11 street date. First release of a series from Ermitage label dedicated to the concerts the legendary Olympia in Paris. Olympia is the music temple and not only for French: the Paris theatre has hosted all the greatest artists from Jazz to Rock and Pop (Georges Brassens, Édith Piaf, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis,only to name a few..) But it was under the direction, from 1954 of Bruno Coquatrix who made it famous and its live concerts prestigious around the world ! Olympia is certainly a certified warranty for all live concerts lovers and here’s at its best in a series of unreleased performances on 180gr vinyl. An astounding Miles Davis to feature in these recordings who had in that same year released albums such as Birth of the cool, Miles ahead and Round Midnight.This lineup (including the great Kenny Clarke, one of the founders of Modern Jazz Quartet) is the same which will be recording, a few days later in Paris, the latter noted “Ascenseur pour l’Échafaud
November 29 street date. Special edition, Black Friday release! The Brilliant reissue of 2 classic recording sessions on 1 LP, 180g, Mono, numbered. Side 1 is The Miles Davis Quintet performing the soundtrack to the French film L'Ascenseuer Pour l'Echafaud. Side 2 is highlights from The Miles Davis Sextet recording sessions.
Rubberband’s title track has been updated and remixed by its producers, with vocals by R&B / jazz singer Ledisi. Randy Hall and Zane Giles also finished the original version for this exclusive 4-track Record Store Day EP. The cover artwork is a painting b
DECEMBER 11 STREET DATE.Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s numbered limited-edition 180g LP and SACD reissues overflow with revealing signatures. Longtime fans will instantly notice how much more aggressive and immediate the music feels. Wowing degrees of instrumental separation and imaging allow listeners to focus on singular musicians and the roles they play. Equally arresting, a barrage of urgent backbeats, knifing riffs, and three-dimensional bass lines emerges amidst ink-black backgrounds. By every measure, A Tribute to Jack Johnson is a monster album. Experience it the way Davis would’ve wanted you to hear it.
NOVEMBER 6 STREET DATE. Miles Davis’ A Tribune to Jack Johnson is the best jazz-record ever made. Equally inspired by the leader’s desire to assemble the "greatest rock and roll band you have ever heard" as well as his adoration of the heavyweight boxing champion, Davis created a hard-hitting set that spills over with excitement, intensity, majesty, and power. Bridging the electric fusion he pursued on earlier efforts with a funkier, dirtier rhythmic approach, Davis zeroes in on concepts of spontaneity, freedom, and pride seldom achieved in the studio. The stance is revealed in the riveting performances. Utilizing wah-wah and distortion, guitarist John McLaughlin comes on with a nasty edge, slashing style, and vicious streak that cross the divide between rock and jazz. Davis, too, puts both feet in the former camp and permanently erases any gap via high-register trumpet passages that explode with authority and presence.
October 18 street date. Agharta was recorded at the Osaka Festival Hall on February 1, 1975 and originally released on double LP only in Japan. Featuring one of Miles Davis' strongest lineups from his electric period, Agharta is a smoking set of jazz-funk fusion, featuring blistering live interpretations of some of his finest compositions. Davis recorded another fantastic double LP, Pangaea, on the same day proving him to be an unrivaled talent in both creativity and output.
April 21 street date. This incredible recording at the Fillmore West capture Miles and his sextet shortly after a major crossroads in his career, when he first began performing in rock music venues after years of performing in jazz club settings. From all accounts, this era was an eye opening experience for the audience, as well as for Miles himself. Never one to stand still, these concerts find Miles fully entrenched in a new musical direction that would blur the lines between rock and jazz forever. Bonus tracks taken from April 9th.
July 13 street date. Featuring the majority of the band that would, a year later, release the absolute pinnacle of modal jazz, Kind Of Blue, Davis brought his group to the Newport festival in 1958 for a brilliant performance. Though the group doesn’t play any songs from that record, instead focusing on classics like "Straight No Chaser", and "Bye Bye Blackbird" one can hear the whispers of that LP. Essential live jazz from the greatest trumpet player of all time, Miles Davis.
March 11 street date. Eleven tracks recorded by Miles Davis' nonet in 1949 and 1950, The Birth Of The Cool may just be the most accurately titled album ever. The tracks just bleed hipness - cool, smooth, and swinging - and practically define the genre of "cool jazz". Unparalleled recordings required for any fan of mid-century American jazz.