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Classic Album Review: Miles Davis | Live At The Fillmore East (March 7, 1970)

The trumpet master presents another essential addition to his live discography.


This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Miles Davis fans take note: This previously unissued concert recording has nothing to do with the trumpet legend’s 1970 double album Miles Davis at Fillmore. Although, in all fairness, it can be kind of hard to tell the difference at times.

Aside from the fact that both albums were recorded within three months of each other at the same venue, they also feature nearly identical bands (this release includes Wayne Shorter on sax instead of Steve Grossman, but doesn’t have Keith Jarrett on organ) and similar set lists (they’re both heavy on the jazz-rock of Bitches Brew-era titles like Spanish Key and Miles Runs the Voodoo Down). Granted, anyone familiar with the percolating, free-range fusion Davis was introducing at the time has heard this sorta stuff before. Of course, that’s like saying if you’ve heard one Jimi Hendrix solo, you’ve heard ’em all. If you’re a fan, you have to hear them all. And even though Live At The Fillmore may not be his most earth-shattering work, it’s still an essential addition to the Davis discography.