This week, we have the opening suite from the famed 1967 Paris concert of the Miles Davis Quintet’s fall tour. The show takes place at the end of the line for this greatest of bands. Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams all leave the group the following year, and they are at their very finest.
A group known for its nearly preternatural response time, the members are dynamic, delicate and bombastic in turns, both as individuals and as cogs in a giant jazz machine. The interplay of Hancock and Carter, Miles and Shorter, especially as they tear through the composed sections, and Williams with everyone… well, it’s not to be missed. This Stormy Mondays includes Agitation > a long, gorgeous Footprints > Round Midnight > a stunning No Blues > Masquelero– it’s truly a pinnacle in the history of jazz. Chances are you may already have a copy of the full show, but if not, do yourself a favor and check it out. Enjoy!