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Ickmusic Giveaway: Miles Davis Quintet on Monterey Jazz Festival Records

It’s a giveaway frenzy here lately, so I have no choice but to once again bestow quality goods upon you people. The latest item will make any jazz fan happy. Even those who aren’t into jazz know a cool motherf**er when they see one, and Miles Davis was just that.

Well the Monterey Jazz Festival has launched their own label, aptly named Monterey Jazz Festival Records, and their first wave of CD’s were released today. They launched into their live archives, and are debuting with releases from Sarah Vaughan, Thelonius Monk, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles. Future releases will also feature contemporary artists, projects and special events recorded at the festival.

So leave a comment down below, folks, and have your chance to win this CD. Did anyone out there ever have the honor to see Miles play live? What’s your favorite Miles Davis album? Are you down with electric Miles?

Speaking of cool mofos, check out his quintet circa 1963: Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, George Coleman. Sheesh…

Miles Davis Quintet – Live at the 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival

(September 20, 1963)

Miles Davis – trumpet
George Coleman – tenor sax
Herbie Hancock – piano
Ron Carter – bass
Tony Williams – drums

1. Waiting for Miles
2. Autumn Leaves (streaming Quicktime)
3. So What
4. Stella by Starlight
5. Walkin’
6. The Theme

Some other streaming goodies:

Louis Armstrong – Mack the Knife
Thelonius Monk – Rhythm-a-Ning
Dizzy Gillespie – Poor Joe
Sarah Vaughan – Round Midnight

Monterey Jazz Festival Records: Official Site | MySpace

Visit Concord Music Group’s Online Store to purchase.

Good luck!


  • Thierry

    I know it’s not the cool thing to say, but I love to listen to the Bitches Brew Sessions box all the way through when working on papers…

  • jazzmaster

    Ahhh… Definitely one of the Masters! 😉 ‘Birth of the Cool’ was my first introduction to Miles. Hell, the name alone told me that he was one cool cat, but from the beginning, I was hooked. Next, thanks to my bro-in-law, came ‘Kind of Blue’ (perhaps my favorite now), then ‘Sketches of Spain’… Of course, it wasn’t long after that when I had to seek out ‘Bitches Brew’… I mean, who else comes up with such colorful names for albums?!

    Now, to hear that the Monterey Jazz Festival has started their own label and that our dear ol’ Miles is featured on the first release… Well, I think I will be getting this one… One way or another! 🙂

    Gotta’ live up to my name, ya’ know!

    Keep up the great work, Pete!!!

  • Stephen in England

    Hands across the ocean! Don’t forget your friends over here! Tell you what, I’ve got a Ryan Adams live in concert acoustic set … wanna trade? Drop me a mail to swap mp3s…

  • TJ

    As a very middle class, middle America, generic business man (I clawed my way all the way up to middle management) it is through the likes of Davis, Monk, Parker, etc. that I get to glimpse what cool truly is. Its not me, and I’m ok with that. But man, its great to hear it in others.

  • Joe Ammoscato

    Miles Davis is jazz, I don’t care what type of music you listen to, every music collection should include at least one Miles Davis cd. And I love all Miles Davis periods whether acoustic or electronic. And my all time favorite and I do have many has to be “KIND OF BLUE”. I would really love to have this Monterey cd. Thanks………

  • Onie

    I admit, I never saw him play live, but when I’m feeling down, Kind of Blue (THE essential Miles album, IMHO) always helps me feel a bit better…

  • Darius

    Miles Davis lost his mind on his 80’s albums, but everything up to that point is genius. Favorite album: Kind of Blue, In a Silent Way, Bitches Brew. These could easily be by three different artists, and they’re all great.

  • japhy

    My favorite Miles has got to be Relaxin’ with the Quintet. Miles recorded 4 records in one marathon set of sessions at rudy van gelder’s house to finish out a contract… all of it was excellent stuff. The takes were live snap shots of what they were doing on the clubs at that time. The burnin’ tempo and arrangement of Oleo is beyond cool. Just hearing Miles tell the rudy, “I’ll play it and tell you what it is later!!!” or on the spot direction to red garland on how to voice the piano chords… man, that is the absolute coolest recoding.

    I got to see miles in Newport in 91 with kenny garrett. Miles played incredibly sparse lines, perhaps due to his age or health I don’t know. The band was exciting, but I’ll take the old quintet stuff with either coltrane or with tony williams anyday.

    As to the quote from “Darius” about Miles Losing his mind in the 80s. I read an interview with Sting in Musician where Sting talks about being invited to the Shut up your under arrest sessions by Darryl Jones (bassist w/ Sting & Miles). Miles asked Sting say something about being arrested in french into the mic. Once he finished recording and they played it back, Sting said Miles pushed him out the studio door. Miles then stood in the door holding his crotch telling Sting to “arrest this Motherf**ker!!”

  • jb

    I tend to dig the 50s Miles—“Birth of the Cool,” the Prestige sessions japhy wrote about above, and “Kind of Blue,” of course. The electric stuff is taking me longer to get. The last time I heard anything from “In a Silent Way,” I liked it better, though, so I’m learning.

  • Eric M.

    Great post. Miles & Coltrane….anything…


    The complete box set from this period is remarkable.

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