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An overlooked Miles Davis Quintet album with Sam Rivers in Tokyo, 1964.
on 27 May 2014
When tenor saxophonist George Coleman left trumpeter Miles Davis's Quintet in 1964, Sam Rivers was hired briefly as a replacement on the recommmendation of Miles' drummer Tony Williams.
The quintet with Miles(trumpet); Rivers(tenor sax); Herbie Hancock(piano) Ron Carter(bass) & Tony Williams(drums) made a tour of Japan where the "concerts were a big success" according to Miles in his autobiography.
This was recorded in Tokyo on July 14, 1964 in front of an enthusiastic audience. Davis is in great form on two originals and three standards including an enthralling 12-minute version of 'My Funny Valentine'.
Although Rivers is probably not the ideal saxophonist for Miles it's fascinating to hear his 'outside' playing in the quintet.
'Miles in Tokyo' is the sole recording of this quintet and is an unjustly overlooked album which deserves a place in any serious Miles Davis collection.