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1980-91  » 1967-75

By Enrico Merlin


JULY 8, 1984 (afternoon) MONTREUX - CASINO LIVE
Miles Davis (tp, synth); Bob Berg (ss, ts); Robert Irving III (synth); John Scofield (g); Darryl "The Munch" Jones (el. b); Al Foster (d); Steve Thornton (perc)
Speak   11:43 BB ss
Star People (~New Blues)   08:41 BB out
What It Is   08:06 BB ss; add ST whistle
It Gets Better   13:45 BB ts
Something's On Your Mind   11:02 BB out
Time After Time   13:57 BB out
Medley on Vamp in A: Hopscotch/Tune In 5/Star on Cicely/Bass Solo   08:37 BB ss
Jean Pierre   09:52 BB out; add MD voice
Lake Geneva encore 04:07 BB ss
Something's On Your Mind encore 07:25 BB out
The “Medley” was one of the highlights of this period. Several different themes were played over a unique vamp in A. Sometimes the tempo was abruptly changed during the performance, and different sections were created in a manner similar to in “Calypso Frelimo” in the mid-1970s.
The themes and variations of this version of the “Medley” are:
  • 0:00 Fast Vamp & Hopscotch (Theme I)
  • 0:52 Scofield solo
  • 1:20 Tune In 5 » Davis solo (quoting "Hopscotch" Theme I); Thornton solo (1:46)
  • 1:50 Slow Vamp --> Thornton solo cont.
  • 2:37 New Vamp --> Thornton solo cont. --> Interplay (4:32): Davis & Thornton
  • 5:05 Star On Cicely (Theme I) by Miles
  • 5:26 Star On Cicely (Theme I) by Scofield & Berg » Davis solo
  • 6:16 Star On Cicely (Theme II) by Scofield & Berg » Davis solo cont.
  • 7:00 Star On Cicely (Theme I) by Scofield & Berg.
  • 0:00 Bass Solo
(The timings refer to tracks 2 and 3 of CD 4)
The origins of “Lake Geneva” are unknown. The title was most likely given by the producers of the Montreux boxed set. The composition was only played during the 1984 European tour, for the first time in Paris, on June 24, and for the last time in Moelde, on July 27.

JULY 8, 1984 (evening) MONTREUX - CASINO LIVE
Miles Davis (tp, synth); Bob Berg (ss, ts); Robert Irving III (synth); John Scofield (g); Darryl "The Munch" Jones (el. b); Al Foster (d); Steve Thornton (perc)
Speak   08:29 BB ss
Star People (~New Blues)   09:07 BB out
What It Is   09:21 BB ss
It Gets Better   13:25 BB ts
Something's On Your Mind take 1, false start  0:37 BB out
Something's On Your Mind take 2 12:51 BB out
Time After Time   12:12 BB out
Medley on Vamp in A: Hopscotch/Tune In 5/Star on Cicely/Darryl's Tune   09:51 BB ss
Jean Pierre   10:43 BB out
Lake Geneva encore 03:05 BB ss
Something's On Your Mind take 3, encore 10:03 BB out; add Claude Nobs (m.c.)
Code M.D take 3 06:38 BB ss
“Speak” and the first few seconds of “Star People (~New Blues)” were previously issued on Highlights from the Complete Miles Davis at Montreux.
37 seconds into “Something's On Your Mind” Miles is unhappy with the tempo, so he stops the band and counts it off again at a slower tempo.
The themes and variations of this version of the “Medley on Vamp in A” are:
  • 0:00 Hopscotch (Theme I) by Miles » Fast Vamp & Hopscotch (Theme I) by Scofield & Berg
  • 0:19 Davis solo (quoting Hopscotch - Theme I)
  • 1:06 Tune In 5 » Davis cont. (quoting Hopscotch Theme I); Thornton solo (1:45)
  • 1:49 Slow Vamp --> Thornton solo cont. -->
   Interplay (3:10): Davis & Thornton » Atmosphere sounds » Slow Vamp
  • 6:02 Star On Cicely (Theme I) by Miles
  • 6:29 Star On Cicely (Theme I) by Scofield & Berg » Davis solo
  • 7:03 Star On Cicely (Theme II) by Miles --> Davis solo cont.
  • 7:40 Star On Cicely (Theme II) by Scofield & Berg
  • 0:00 Darryl's Tune
(The timings refer to tracks 2 and 3 of CD 6)

JULY 14, 1985 (afternoon) MONTREUX - CASINO LIVE
Miles Davis (tp, synth); Bob Berg (ss, ts, synth); Robert Irving III (synth); John Scofield (g); Darryl "The Munch" Jones (el. b); Vince Wilburn Jr. (d); Steve Thornton (perc)
One Phone Call(=Right Off)   01:48 BB out
Speak   11:40  
Star People (~New Blues)   06:33 BB out
Maze   09:55  
Human Nature   05:15 BB ss
Something's On Your Mind   13:15 BB ts
Time After Time   08:13 BB synth
Ms. Morrisine   10:33 BB ts
Code M.D.   07:51 BB ss
Pacific Express   14:37 BB out
Katia   07:07 BB ss
Vamp Medley: Hopscotch/Tune In 5/Darryl's Tune   05:46 BB ss
You're Under Arrest   06:38 BB ts
Medley: Jean Pierre/You're Under Arrest/Then There Were None   08:42  
Decoy   04:08  
“Maze”: At 7:33, Vince Wilburn Jr. quotes “Tune In 5.”
According to the liner notes on the box, “Something's On Your Mind” is normally introduced by “MD1” and followed by “MD2”, but this didn’t happen on this occasion.
On “Time After Time”, Bob Berg switches to additional keyboards.
On the coda of “Katia”, Miles quotes “We Are The World.”
The themes and variations of this version of the “Vamp Medley” are:
• Hopscotch (Theme 1) at 0:00
• Hopscotch (Theme 2) at 0:16 --> Thornton solo
• Tune In 5 (1:19) » Interplay: Davis & Thornton --> Thornton solo » Tune In 5 reprise (2:08) --> Thornton cont.
4/4 tempo (2:50) --> Jones solo --> Darryl's Tune briefly (4:49) --> New Vamp (5:01)

The second medley starts at 6:38 of track 5 (CD 8) and is structured as follows:
• Davis solo on Vamp and You're Under Arrest Theme
• Jean Pierre Theme » Interplay: Davis & Scofield » "Jean Pierre" Theme » Davis
• Then There Were None arpeggio (starts at 4:04) --> Davis cont.; Scofield » End.

“Code M. D.” and “Pacific Express” were previously issued on Highlights from the Complete Miles Davis at Montreux in complete and edited form, respectively.


JULY 14, 1985 (evening) MONTREUX - CASINO LIVE
Miles Davis (tp, synth); Bob Berg (ss, ts, synth); Robert Irving III (synth); John Scofield (g); Darryl "The Munch" Jones (el. b); Vince Wilburn Jr. (d); Steve Thornton (perc).
One Phone Call (=Right Off)   01:58 BB out
Speak   14:06 BB ts
Star People (~New Blues)   06:12 BB ts
Maze   10:05  
Human Nature   07:18 BB ss
Something's On Your Mind/MD2   13:41 BB ts
Time After Time   10:49 BB synth
Ms. Morrisine   10:12 BB ts
Code M.D.   08:03 BB ss
Pacific Express   15:06 BB out
Pacific Express reprise 0:24 BB, JS, DJ out
Katia   08:15 BB ss
Medley on Vamp in A: Hopscotch/Tune In 5/Darryl's Tune   07:41 BB ss
You're Under Arrest   07:15 BB ts
Medley: Jean Pierre/You're Under Arrest/Then There Were None   08:21 BB ss
Decoy   04:08 BB ts
“Human Nature”: during his solo Miles quotes “Badinerie” by Johann-Sebastian Bach, from Suite n° 2 in B min, BWV 1067. This was a trademark phrase Miles repeated in many different solos throughout his career. It can be heard for the first time during his solo on “The Leap”, recorded on March 6, 1954, and issued on “EMI/ Blue Note 32610 2, Volume 1.
The same quotation appears also in the following:
“Ah-Leu-Cha” (take 5 & edited master), 26/10/1955, MILES DAVIS & JOHN COLTRANE: The Complete Columbia Recordings 1955-1961 (6 CD)
“Well You Needn’t”, 22/11/1961; In Person, Saturday Night At The Blackhawk, Complete vol. 2
“Miles” (aka Milestones), 23/12/1965, The Complete Live At The Plugged Nickel 1965 (8 CD)
“Miles” (aka Milestones), 25/07/1969, 1969 Miles - Festiva de Juan Pins
“Human Nature”, 20/07/1990, The Complete Miles Davis at Montreux

According to Montreux box's liner notes, “Something On Your Mind” is preceded by “MD1” and followed by “MD2”, but only the latter was performed on this occasion.
The track marking of “Time After Time” is misplaced: “Time After Time” starts at 0:16 of track 6 of CD 9.
The brief reprise of “Pacific Express” opens track 4 (CD 10), then “Katia” begins at 0:25 of track 4 of CD 10.

The themes and variations of this version of the “Medley on Vamp in A” are:
  • Hopscotch (Theme 1) at 0:01 --> Thornton solo
  • Hopscotch (Theme 2) at 0:18 --> Thornton cont.
  • Hopscotch (Theme 1) at 0:43 --> Thornton cont.
  • Hopscotch (Theme 2) at 0:58 --> Thornton cont.
  • Tune In 5 (1:21) » Interplay: Davis & Thornton --> Thornton solo » Tune In 5 reprise (2:01) --> Thornton cont. » Tune In 5 reprise (2:46) 4/4 tempo (3:09) --> Jones solo --> New Vamp (6:39) » Davis (6:55).

The themes and variations of the “Jean Pierre/ You're Under Arrest/ Then There Were None” medley, which begins at the 7:15 mark of track 6, are:
  • Davis solo on Vamp and You're Under Arrest Theme
  • Jean Pierre Theme » Davis cont.
  • Then There Were None arpeggio (starts at 4:17) --> Davis cont.; Scofield » End.


JULY 17, 1986 MONTREUX - CASINO LIVE
Miles Davis (tp, synth); Bob Berg (ss, ts, synth); Robert Irving III, Adam Holzman (k); Robben Ford (g); Felton Crews (el. b); Vince Wilburn Jr. (d); Steve Thornton (perc). Guest players: George Duke (synth); David Sanborn (as).
One Phone Call (=Right Off)   01:23 MD tp; BB ss
Speak   07:45 MD tp; BB ts
Star People (~New Blues)   05:55 BB out
Maze   10:12 MD tp; BB ts
Human Nature   08:34 MD tp; BB ss
Star on Cicely (~Wrinkle)   10:41  
Tutu   06:40 MD tp; BB ss; add GD
Splatch   11:11 MD tp, BB ss, add GD
Time After Time   08:15 MD tp; BB out
Carnival Time false start  0:05 RI & VW only
Al Jarreau   06:12 MD tp; BB ts
Carnival Time   04:00 MD tp; BB ss; add MD voice
Burn encore 08:23 MD tp; BB ts; add DS
Portia encore 07:21 MD tp; BB out; add DS
Jean Pierre encore 09:38 MD tp; BB out; add DS
“One Phone Call” begins at 0:13 of track 1 (CD 11).
“Speak” begins at 1:23 of track 1. At 3:29 Miles quotes “Tramp” by Fulsom & McCraklin (also featured on “Walking The Dog” by Rufus Thomas). The same riff had already been used as main theme of “Come Get It,” issued on the Star People album. Bob Berg also briefly quotes “Tramp” (at 4:12), as well as “Love Bizarre” by Sheila Escovedo (at 4:16). A few day after this performance, “Love Bizarre” becomes part of the regular live repertoire of Miles Davis band.
“Human Nature”: around this time Miles's solo had become a blend of improvisation and quotations from well-known songs. The themes he quoted changed almost every night. This solo features: “A Tisket, A Tasket” from Ella Fitzgerald (4:57), “Here Comes De Honey Man” from “Porgy And Bess” (5:11), “Automatic” from the Pointer Sisters' repertoire (in unison with Bob Berg at 5:26). Adam Holzman also plays the theme of “Miles (aka Milestones)” at 5:36.
At 8:15 in “Time After Time,” (CD 12) Irving & Wilburn play the first few notes of “Carnival Time."
During his solo in “Burn,” at 6:39, Ford quotes “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix.
An 8:25 excerpt from “Jean Pierre” was previously issued on Highlights from the Complete Miles Davis at Montreux.


JULY 7, 1988 MONTREUX - CASINO LIVE
Miles Davis (tp, synth); Kenny Garrett (as, bars, fl); Adam Holzman, Robert Irving III (k); Joseph "Foley" McCreary (lead el. b); Benjamin Rietveld (b); Ricky Wellman (d); Marilyn Mazur (perc)
In A Silent Way   01:04 KG out
Intruder   04:55 KG as
Star People (~New Blues)   06:53 KG as; add MD voice
Perfect Way   04:49 KG as
The Senate/Me & U   09:05 KG as; add MD voice
Human Nature   12:59 KG as, fl
Star On Cicely (~Wrinkle)   08:07 KG as
Tutu   10:57 KG fl; add MD voice
Time After Time   07:51 KG out
Movie Star   04:20 KG as fl
Splatch   09:06 KG as, bars
Heavy Metal Prelude (aka Funk Suite)   05:05 KG as; add MD voice
Heavy Metal   06:16 KG as; add MD voice
Don't Stop Me Now   07:19 KG fl
Carnival Time   12:58 KG as; add MD voice
Jean Pierre   08:50 KG as
Tomaas encore 11:09 KG as
“Star People (~New Blues)”: is a rare performance in 3/4 rhythm.
“Human Nature”: in his solo Miles quotes: “A Tisket, A Tasket” & “Automatic”.
“Splatch”: Kenny Garrett switches to baritone sax (bars) and doubles the bass line.
“Heavy Metal Prelude” vs. “Funk Suite”: Jan Lohmann was the first one to use the “Funk Suite” title in his book. According to Adam Holzman, “'Funk Suite' was a little riff that I think Jason Miles (at that time Marcus Miller's synth programmer) had played for Miles.” On Montreux boxed set booklet the track is identified as “Heavy Metal Prelude” and credited to Miles Davis.
“Heavy Metal Prelude (aka Funk Suite)” was previously issued Highlights from the Complete Miles Davis at Montreux.

APRIL 6, 1989 ROME - RAI TV STUDIOS LIVE TELEVISION
Miles Davis (tp); Kenny Garrett (as); Kei Akagi, John Beasley (synth); Foley (lead el. b); Benny Rietveld (el. b); Ricky Wellman (d); Munyungo Jackson (perc)
Star People   07:55  
Perfect Way   05:07  
Cobra   04:55  
Issued on VARIOUS ARTISTS, DOC Anthology Vol. 1 (Fonit Cetra Video, DOD1)


 JULY 21, 1989 MONTREUX - CASINO LIVE 
Miles Davis (tp, synth); Rick Margitza (ts); Kei Akagi, Adam Holzman (synth); Foley (lead el. b); Benny Rietveld (el. b); Ricky Wellman (d); Munyungo Jackson (perc). Guest singer: Chaka Khan.
Trumpet Prelude edited master 00:28 MD & RW only. Add Claude Nobs (m.c.)
Intruder   05:16  
Star People (~New Blues)   12:04  
Perfect Way   06:29  
Hannibal   10:31  
Human Nature   10:39 add Chaka Khan
Mr. Pastorius   04:33 RM out; add MD voice
Tutu (incl. The Call)   13:02 RM out; add MD voice
Jilli   05:56  
Time After Time   10:30 add MD voice
Jo-Jo   05:14 add poss. RM (fl)
Amandla   05:09  
The Senate/Me & U   11:40 RM out
Star on Cicely(~Wrinkle)   06:29 KG fl
Portia audio master 07:44  
Trumpet Prelude”: 28 seconds were cut from the original master tape, consisting mainly of audience noises and a few trumpet notes by Miles.
“Intruder” begins at 0:28 on track 1 (VD 15)
“Human Nature”: Chaka Khan joins the band at 2:16, in places singing uncharacteristically out of tune. She engages in a duet with Miles, who at a certain point quotes the song “A Tisket, a Tasket,” as he often did in his solos around this time. Khan immediately responds with singing the original lyrics to the song. After the duet the singer returns to the main theme, where normally the band goes to the “Milestones” vamp. Everyone seems lost for a moment, except for Rietveld. Miles brings the band back on track with a quote from “Automatic.”
“Mr Pastorius” starts at 10:40 in track 5, then continues for the whole of track 6.
“Tutu” contains a riff (at 6:28) that will later by recorded by John Beasley as the theme of “The Call” on his record Change Of The Heart (Windham Hill Jazz). I don't believe the riff is composed by Beasley, since it appeared for the first time in Miles's repertoire on October 30, 1988, a long time before Beasley joined Miles's band (The keyboardist was a member from March 25, 1989 until May 2, 1989). At 8:32, during his solo on “Tutu,” Foley quotes “Puttin' On The Ritz.”
“Me & U” begins at 7:36 of track 5 (CD 16); during his solo Rietveld quotes “Love Bizarre” by Sheila Escovendo.
“Portia”: an audio only version was released on VARIOUS ARTISTS: Montreux Jazz Festival, 25ème Anniversaire (4 CD Box, Warner Bros. 1967-10000-2), while a 7:28 long video version was issued on VARIOUS ARTISTS: Tribute To Nesuhi Ertegun (Video, Videoarts VAVJ-388).


 JULY 20, 1990 MONTREUX - CASINO LIVE 
Miles Davis (tp, synth); Kenny Garrett(as, ts); Kei Akagi (synth); Joseph “Foley” McCreary (lead el. b); Richard Patterson (el. b); Ricky Wellman (d); Erin Davis (el. perc).
Don't Cry It's Only The Rhythm   00:34 MD(tp) over pre-recorded tape
Perfect Way   05:26 KG as
Star People (~New Blues)   08:22 KG as
Hannibal   10:32 KG as
The Senate/Me & U   10:38 KG as
In The Night   03:06 KG as, add Foley (voc)
Human Nature   12:44 add MD voice
Time After Time   09:01 KF fl
Star on Cicely (~Wrinkle)   08:01 KG as; add MD voice
Tutu   13:18 KG fl
Don't Stop Me Now   11:22 KG as
Carnival Time   13:34 MD out; KG as; add Claude Nobs
“Perfect Way” begins at 0:34 of track 1 (CD 17)
“Hannibal”: Miles quotes “Rockin'n Rhythm” by Ellington, Carney & Mills. This was another favorite signature phrase Miles liked to use in many of his solos. The first officially issued solo by Miles that contains this quote goes as far back as 1948, when he played with Charlie Parker. Here's a list of officially released solos on which Miles quotes “Rockin'n Rhythm:”
“Ornithology,” Dec 11, 1948; Live at Royal Roost, The Complete Savoy Charlie Parker Live Recording
“Hot House,” May, prob 16, 1950; Live at Birdland, The Last Bebop Session (JMY)
“Ray's Idea,” ca. Spring 1952; Miles Davis & Jimmy Forrest, Our Delight
“Footprints,” Oct 25, 1966; Miles Smiles
“Summertime,” Jul 8, 1991; Complete Miles Davis at Montreux

“Human Nature”: Miles quotes “A Tisket, A Tasket,” “Badinerie,” and “Automatic” in his solo.
Edited versions of “Star on Cicely”(~Wrinkle) and “Tutu” (07:12 and 08:48 long) were previously issued on Highlights from the Complete Miles Davis at Montreux. “Hannibal” begins at 11:22 of track 3 and flows into track 4 (CD 18). Miles left the stage during this track and doesn't play at all.


 JULY 8, 1991 MONTREUX - CASINO LIVE 
The material issued on disc 19 of the Montreux boxed set is identical to that on the previously released Miles & Quincy Jones: Live At Montreux. Some additional rehearsal material can be heard on the video of the concert.

 JULY 17, 1991 NICE - JARDIN DES ARENES DE CIMIEZ LIVE 
Miles Davis (tp, synth); Kenny Garrett(as, ts); Deron Johnson (k); Joseph “Foley” McCreary (lead el. b); Richard Patterson (el. b); Ricky Wellman (d);
Perfect Way   05:27 KG as
Star People (~New Blues)   15:28 KG as
Hannibal   17:36 KG as
Human Nature   16:57  
Time After Time   09:41 KF fl
Star on Cicely (~Wrinkle)   04:12 KG as
CD 20 of the Montreux boxed set is a bonus disc containing excerpts from a concert of Miles's last tour.
“Human Nature”: Miles quotes “Automatic,” “Star on Cicely” and, briefly, “Jean Pierre.”

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