Live at Montreux

Miles Davis

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Live at Montreux Review

by Scott Yanow

In the summer of 1991, Miles Davis did what he said he would never do: revisit the past. Joined by a large orchestra conducted by Quincy Jones at that year's Montreux Jazz Festival (only a couple months before his death), Miles is seen performing Gil Evans arrangements from the Birth of the Cool band and the three famous albums Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess, and Sketches of Spain. Miles generally plays pretty well, although his decision to allocate some of his solo space to his chief imitator Wallace Roney and altoist Kenny Garrett was unfortunate. But overall, this is a pretty successful effort that ranks historically as Miles Davis' last hurrah.

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