Miles Davis

In Paris [Warner Bros.]

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Caught at the Paris Jazz Festival on November 3, 1989 (less than two years before his death), Miles Davis is in generally excellent form playing five songs with his septet of the time, comprised of altoist Kenny Garrett, keyboardist Kei Akagi, Foley and Benjamin Rietveld on basses, drummer Ricky Wellman, and percussionist John Bigham. There are a few brief interview segments and a bit too much stop-action photography but, in general, this set gives one a good idea of how the innovative trumpeter sounded during his final period. Best are "New Blues" and a brief "Mr. Pastorius."

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