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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Falcon
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009YLHOK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,359 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Jazz legend performing live in Montreal. Tracks include: 'Human Nature', 'One Phone Call', 'Time After Time', 'Something's On Your Mind' and 'Code MD'.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. MILLER on 13 July 2010
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This is a short slice of a very good gig for the 1985 Davis band; by this time all the improvising was over conventional funk tunes and rhythms, and most of it was done by the ruthless hired guns of Bob Berg and John Scofield, both of whom play absolutely brilliantly. Miles blows and walks up and down; by the summer of 1985 he was playing pretty well again, but he never fully regained his former power and tone, and is still mostly muted. And also you might say that it didn't really matter anymore, the legend and the clothes and the style were as important, and the audiences were guaranteed. But that's not to detract from it, because there are a few moments when he plays very movingly and beautifully.
I much prefer this to the later 'live in Paris' (1989?) which (IMHO!) is posey rubbish for the most part. I must also point out that I really like this period of Scofield and there are at least 2 completely killer solos here.
It has been broadcast a few times and sections of it are on Utube, but it's now fairly easy to get hold of and I believe there is also now a CD of this performance - I don't know what the tracks are or if there are any differences to this DVD program.
In fact some of the best tunes in the 1985 set (not to mention the legendary contretemps with a certain W.Marsalis, and not on Utube either) are omitted from this in favour of 'Human Nature' and 'Time after Time', which by the way Miles Davis never played the chorus of.
Just under an hour. And yes, it does show you what it was like. Great band.
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Don't know why this isn't better known. For late vintage stuff i.e. 1980s on there's more quality trumpet playing from a fully committed Miles on this one disc than you'll find anywhere else. He's absolutely all over it, even if the material is now very 1980s. The playing absolutely transcends that and proves that for late Miles you need to seek out the live stuff rather than the anaemic albums. IMHO on the other DVDs from this period you either have duller (later) bands where the great man seems to be playing to some extent by the numbers and/or wonderful occasions which are moving in themselves (the Gil Evans revisit and the "with friends" sessions from 1991) but where Miles sadly is very cool as always but clearly not 100%. By comparison this is absolutely spine tingling, the DVD is shot such that you really are close to the band and, as a bonus, you have the incomparable John Scofield and Bob Berg playing their asses off. Not a bad way to spend 7 quid I'd say.
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Great gig amazing musicians and lovely atmosphere. However it is not the best quality of the picture as I was expecting so that's why I'm giving just four stars
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
I recommend it 15 Jun. 2001
By Al Hugo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I have watched this video a bunch of times and have always thoroughly enjoyed it. I don't have any idea what the other reviewers are hearing when they call this 'smooth jazz'!!! I mean, listen to Bob Berg's solos for crying out loud. And Miles'. And Scofield's. These guys are clearly burning their butts off. If your idea of "Jazz" is only acoustic-straightahead-retrobebop then don't buy this. But if you're into "Music" in the broader sense that doesn't pigeonhole you into stylistic categories, then buy this. It's great music.
28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
An essential mid-80's addition to Miles Davis' legacy! 16 July 2000
By J. Lund - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This highly recommended June 28, 1985 Montreal concert--previously issued in Japan--helps reopen the case for recognizing much of the music of Miles' final years as a reiteration of his trademark strengths, albeit perhaps without a stunning creative landmark on the order of KIND OF BLUE or BITCHES BREW. Maybe LIVE IN MONTREAL is that mid-80's signpost--if not, it's very close! The level of inspiration, commitment to excellence, and turning the future into the present is what you would expect of Miles at any point in his career!
Davis' acumen for picking talented, individualistic sidepersons is glaringly evident on this Montreal date. John Scofield is of course a premier electric guitarist who makes very distinctive contributions, while reedman Bob Berg is a similiarly inspired soloist. Synthman Robert Irving III is the playmaker who doesn't shoot the ball much (i.e., no solos) but dishes out assist after assist to the overall group sound, via subtle textures that sometimes achieve the spirit if not the letter of the orchestrated Gil Evans sound that Miles seemed to desire after 1983. Darryl Jones puts those ping-ponging, thumb-popping notes in just a little bit better place than most other bassists. Vincent Wilburn Jr. provides a full sound and solid beats, thankfully without forgetting that his is a supporting role, and percussionist Steve Thornton also plays what is needed, where it is needed.
Included are expansive versions of the two most notable ballads of this era (HUMAN NATURE, TIME AFTER TIME), while the funk/r&b/soul idiom is covered via D-Train's SOMETHING'S ON YOUR MIND. Don't be concerned if you're not a fan of the then-current YOU'RE UNDER ARREST or DECOY albums which provded the bulk of the material for this tour: they were merely blueprints for the passionate live renditions heard here.
By TIME AFTER TIME, CODE M.D., and a Spain-sketched reworking of JEAN PIERRE, Miles Davis' playing is in a ZONE, absolutely burning with a passion he rarely surpassed--before or after! Davis' solos are marked by extended length, great endurance, and confidence in all ranges of his horn. Unless you absolutely cannot stand electric instrumentation and contemporary pop-culture music influencing a jazz-rooted perspective, LIVE IN MONTREAL is a must-have!
23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
This music is burning...and Miles is astounding 8 Feb. 2001
By Anders Chan Tidemann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
If anybody needed more proof that Wynton Marsalis, Stanley Crouch and Peter Watrous are full of s... about Miles not playing challenging great music at the highest level in the 80ties, this DVD will show a Miles who once again has the cream of the crop sidemen in his band, with Scofield playing one of the greatest solos you'll ever hear on the first track! Miles, however, is particularly inspiring even around such fantastic musicians he remains the center of attention, his solos have that otherworldly "where did that come from" mystique yet totally logic that is the realm of the true greats. This is timeless jazzmusic on the highest level, even if Ken Burns and Wynton can't recognize that.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
All i can say is......INTENSE... 11 May 2002
By "rattty123" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I am so happy I just picked this DVD out from the store. I had NO IDEA as to what to expect. Well, maybe a little, when I saw the credits on the back said "John Scofield - guitar" I knew it was going to be some of davis' later work, fusion. Anyways, I've had this DVD for about 4 hours now, I've already watched it two times over. All I can say is that this is simply amazing. I like all the tracks, they're all great and cater to many sorts. Scofield's solo's make you hold your breath, break out in sweat, and make you want to scream for joy. The same goes for Davis'. The first couple o' tracks have a HELL OF A rythm section totally giving it they're all, the latter doesn't have the same power, but is still great. If you have an extra 20$ lieing around, buy this.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
fabulous concert ! 27 July 2005
By judgenerwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
in the summer of '85 , those who were lucky enough witnessed miles & co. transform the stage of the theatre st. denis into downtown manhattan , so electrifying was the vibe they created . yes , i was at this concert and it was one of the best montreal jazz fest shows that i've been to ; as usual , the good folks at spectel video captured the essence of that vibe in splendid fashion ; i've seen miles in concert four times and this is still my favorite performance of his ; i've seen john scofield live several times and , wow , was he " on " that evening ; well done !
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