THE UNISSUED JAPANESE CONCERTS - ALL TRACKS PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED!
MILES DAVIS QUINTET w/ Sam Rivers/Herbie Hancock/Ron Carter/Tony Williams
Tokyo, July 12, 1964 / Kyoto, July 15, 1964
Miles Davis toured Japan for the first time during July 1964 with a quintet that included saxophonist Sam Rivers, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Tony Williams. Although several Japanese concerts were booked, only three performances are known to have taken place: the well known July 14 show at Kohseinenkin Hall, in Tokyo (which was issued on LP), and the previously unissued July 12 & 15 concerts, presented on this set.
Both concerts appear here for the first time ever. No other recorded collaborations between Miles and Rivers exist apart from the three shows in Japan!
Miles had formed a completely new group in mid-1963, which was intended to replace the superb quintet with John Coltrane, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb. The new formation already included three of the members of what would be his second great quintet: Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums. However, finding the right tenor saxophonist proved more difficult. The first choice was George Coleman but he didn’t fit the group. Tony Williams then recommended Sam Rivers, a fellow Bostonian, to Davis, and Rivers joined the Quintet in April.
There were some American dates before the Quintet left for a short Japanese tour, including performances at L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium (April 3) and New York’s Village Vanguard (May 7-12). According to Miles’ discographer Peter Losin, “although several Japanese concerts were booked, the Quintet apparently performed only three: Hibaya Yagai Ongaku-do Hall, Tokyo (July 12), Shinjuku Kohseinenkin Hall, Tokyo (July 14), and Maruyama Ongaku-do Hall, Kyoto (July 15)”. Although the performances were certainly successful, Miles and Rivers didn’t get along very well. Rivers left the Quintet as soon as the group returned to the United States. Wayne Shorter was hired as his replacement, and joined the Quintet at the Hollywood Bowl on September 4. No other recordings by Miles Davis with Sam Rivers seem to exist outside the three 1964 concerts in Japan. The July 14 performance was issued on the LP Miles in Tokyo. This is the first time the two other performances appear on any format.
CD1: Tokyo, July 12, 1964
01 AUTUMN LEAVES 11:08
02 SO WHAT 8:41
03 STELLA BY STARLIGHT 10:58
04 WALKIN' into THE THEME 9:47
Total Time: 40:36
CD2: Kyoto, July 15, 1964
01 IF I WERE A BELL 10:44
02 OLEO 5:22
03 STELLA BY STARLIGHT 8:56
04 WALKIN' 7:21
05 ALL OF YOU 10:11
06 SEVEN STEPS TO HEAVEN 2:56
Total Time: 45:32
CD1: Hibaya Yagai Ongaku-do Hall, Tokyo, Japan, July 12, 1964.
CD2: Maruyama Ongaku-do Hall, Kyoto, Japan, July 15, 1964.