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.
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.