Monday, August 11, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Miles Davis

Artist:Miles Davis
Song:All Of You
Album:Miles In Tokyo

Miles Davis and John Coltrane had a very productive musical relationship in the late 50s that I am sure most jazz fans are aware of. When Coltrane left the Davis band to start his own classic quartet, Davis went through several sax players before he ultimately settled on Wayne Shorter in 1965. Among those who played with Davis in that period were Jimmy Heath, Sonny Stitt and Hank Mobley. Mobley was probably the most successful of those as he recorded in the studio with Davis. In 1963, Davis decided to form a new band with younger musicians. The rhythm section was Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass and Tony Williams on drums. Davis wanted Shorter but he was Art Blakey's musical director at the time. So instead he hired George Coleman from trombonist Slide Hampton's band. Coleman was in the Davis band for about a year. But ultimately it didn't work out. Davis still wanted Shorter. But Williams recommended Sam Rivers who he had jammed with in New York. Rivers was with the Davis band very briefly on a 1964 tour of Japan. And the only album ever released of that band is Miles In Tokyo. It was recorded at the Kohseinenkin Hall in Tokyo July 14, 1964. Columbia released the album in 1969 and it's available as a budget CD. It's a must for Davis and Sam Rivers fans. It didn't work out because Davis thought Rivers was too avant garde. Not long after, Wayne Shorter was finally brought in and that band turned out to be as successful as the Coltrane band. Here's Miles Davis with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams performing All Of You in Italy 1965.

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