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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally !!!, 20 Jan. 2005
This review is from: Miles Electric: A Different Kind Of Blue [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
This dvd is a dream (of mine at least) come true! What we're getting here is the complete show (38 minutes) of the Miles Davis septet at the Isle of Wight festival, August 29, 1970 (uninterrupted and without voice-over !) in the best sound (5.1 and PCM) and picture quality. In addition to that we get interviews with all of Miles' sidemen of this show - Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Gary Bartz, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette and Airto Moreira (who takes the opportunity for a spontaneous percussion session) and with sidemen from other periods (Dave Liebman, Herbie Hancock, Pete Cosey, Mtume, etc.. All of them obviously still enjoy telling us what an exceptional musician and band-leader Miles was and why. The power of Miles' inspiration still lingers with all of them and it is also mentioned that very few of Miles' former sidemen ever played as well again as when they were with him. Two exceptions that come to (my) mind are John McLaughlin and Keith Jarrett, of course. Interspersed wit these interviews we get (short, unfortunately) excerpts of other Miles concerts, like the Steve Allen Show in the 50s, Copenhagen '69 and '71, Stockholm and Tokyo '73, etc.. I really hope this dvd becomes a commercial success. Thanks a lot to Murray Lerner, the filmmaker and producer of this show. You did a great job! In my opinion, the Miles Davis gig was by far the most interesting of the whole I.o.W. festival, with Jimi Hendrix a close second. If this dvd is a commercial success, we might still have hope for further releases of other great Miles Davis shows from the period of '69 to '75 (my favourite) and would not have to turn to internet auctions and other sources for video copies of mostly inferior quality. It's about time also, that the Miles Davis Estate finally wakes up (look at the activities of the Jimi Hendrix Estate !) and does something in this direction instead of leaving everything to the black market. I think - the commercial possibilities aside - the Estate owes this to Miles.
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