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Miles Davis: Miles at the Fillmore–Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3

Miles Davis’ late 1960s and early 1970s live electric music always had a physicality to it, a heft that could make it feel as though something was leaning on you as you listened. Darker, bluesy shadings suggested an undercurrent of early soul and R&B, but this four-disc set culled from a quartet of June 1970 gigs outfits that sinewy, snaking presence with a tool more commonly favored by the likes of Hendrix, Cream and the Jimmy Page-led Yardbirds: big-time, wall-vibrating volume.

This may be the loudest jazz captured on tape to date, yet it remains some of the most lucent music of Davis’ career, with minute sonic details crystalizing into focus as this mother of a band-Keith Jarrett (organ) and Chick Corea (Rhodes) at the base of everything-finds favor with the Fillmore’s ragtag rock-culture youth. Palpable favor, going by the tapes: Fan reaction isn’t dissimilar to what you’ll hear on the Rolling Stones’ Madison Square Garden recordings from the year before.

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