Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Miles Davis Septet - Shaboo Inn, Willimantic CT, January 26, 1974

There seems to be a bit of confusion on the actual date of this show. The Miles Davis Septet was scheduled to play the 24th and 25th of January.  Apparently, the first night was cancelled to hair issues. Yes, I said hair. And there is speculation that they made up for the missed show on the 26th. For more in depth analysis check here. It doesn't matter all that much, when this concert happened, or whether the songs were all played on the same night. What matters to me is how amazing this music is. This is some pretty heady stuff. Miles is at his psychedelic best with this one. The septet is playing some heavy tripped out jazz. Super long improve jams, that take you in and out, of space and time. The recording is a very strong sounding board tape. There are some unfortunate cuts on some of the tracks. It doesn't take away from the music, it just makes some tracks start and stop a bit abruptly. Other than that this is a recording to have for all Miles fans.

Track List:
First fragment
For Dave (incomplete) 15:43
Turnaroundphrase 16:41
Tune in 5   8:37
Agharta Prelude 10:53
Second fragment
Band warming up    0:41
Ife  21:38
Turnaroundphrase 16:32
For Dave 18:57
Calypso Frelimo (incomplete)    13:33

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