This CD presents the complete Zurich set of the Miles Davis Quintet. While Davis’ modal approach leads him to minimalism and scarcity, Coltrane’s overabundant, urgent lines slash across the simple modality of the tag. This high-contrast pairing fills the performance with an intensity that, for many contemporary listeners, was difficult to bear. Jazz critic Joachim-Ernst Berendt described the music from the tour’s final concert, in Stuttgart (April 10, 1960) as having the “gloomy atmosphere of a thunderstorm.” Upon returning to the United States, Coltrane left the Davis Quintet for good. In the electric atmosphere of the April 8 Zurich recording, we hear the thunder roll for one of the last times.
MILES DAVIS QUINTET
MILES DAVIS, trumpet JOHN COLTRANE, tenor sax WYNTON KELLY, piano PAUL CHAMBERS, bass JIMMY COBB, drums
Recorded at Kongresshaus, Zürich, April 8, 1960.
01. Introduction by Norma .Grantz 02. If I Were A Bell 03. France-Dance 04. So What 05. All Blues / Bye Bye