Miles in 1969 for Sony's latest 'bootleg' set

Volume II of the acclaimed Miles Davis Live In Europe bootleg series, this time featuring rare live recordings from 1969, will be released in February 2013

Miles DavisFollowing on from last year's release of the Miles Davis Quintet Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series, the second volume in this series of live European recordings will be released next February.

The three-CD plus DVD set features live audio of Miles Davis with Wayne Shorter (saxophone), Chick Corea (piano), Dave Holland (bass) and Jack DeJohnette (drums), whose recordings together from the late 60s are so rare that the quintet is known as "the lost band". The players in this formation in fact never recorded in the studio, so these bootlegs, remastered from live TV and radio recordings, are the only ones in existence.

The box set is the only Miles Davis collection devoted to the live recordings of his third great quintet (his second quintet with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams having featured on Live In Europe 1967, and his first quintet being made up of John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones). It features footage and recordings from the Antibes Jazz Festival in France, as well as the quintet playing in Stockholm as part of the "Newport Jazz Festival in Europe" and Berlin.

Full liner notes and discography are included with the CD and DVD recordings making up this much-anticipated box set, as well as rare photographs and memorabilia.

Writing in the December 2011 issue of Jazz Journal, Steve Voce described the first volume in the series as "one of the most important new Miles Davis albums for decades" and the set attracted a five-star rating in Downbeat. It is released in the UK on 4 February 2013.

Sally Evans-Darby

Photo: Miles Davis and Jack DeJohnette, courtesy Sony Music Entertainment

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