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Miles Davis Quintet: Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Volume 1

George Varga reviews the new 3-CD/1-DVD collection featuring Miles' "2nd Great Quintet."

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Is patience truly a virtue? If so, Miles Davis’ most devoted fans might qualify for the jazz equivalent of earthly sainthood while waiting, seemingly endlessly, for a new musical treasure trove of his music to be unearthed. Since 1995, four years after the iconic trumpeter and bandleader’s death, Columbia Records has released no fewer than nine hit-or-miss box sets of his work, including last year’s 70-CD Miles Davis: The Complete Columbia Album Collection.

That high-priced assemblage included a live DVD of Miles Davis Quintet concerts from 1967, which were filmed in three European cities. The same DVD, revelatory then and now for capturing the man with the horn’s fabled second great quintet at the height of its breathtaking powers, reappears in its entirety as part of Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Volume 1. What makes the DVD all the more striking is its new context as part of a package featuring three live CDs, each at least an hour in length and each a marvel of ferocity and finesse, sonic propulsion and poetry in perpetual motion.

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