RECOMMENDED • ON RECORD
;e second Miles Davis Quintet — with saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter
and drummer Tony Williams — was the most widely in;uential le;-of-center combo of its day, creating from
;;;; to ;;;; an ever-enduring template for questing acoustic jazz. ;e band blended oblique melody, harmonic
sophistication and turn-on-a-dime rhythms in a way that was uncompromising, yet didn’t leave audiences behind.
;is latest Davis “O;cial Bootleg” is a three-CD exploration of the group in the studio, with extended session reels.
We can hear when the lightbulb comes on for Davis to make “Nefertiti” a piece with “just the melody, no solos,”
birthing a timeless classic. Likewise, rehearsal tracks and ;rst runs of “Footprints,” the gorgeous “Fall” and more
are complemented by the beloved master takes. ;ere’s also a previously unheard alternate “Masqualero” and even
a recording of Davis thinking through a muted blues tune at his Manhattan apartment in front of Shorter, o;ering
the saxophonist a hamburger as he does. Bounty for hardcore fans. — B.B.
FREEDOM JAZZ DANCE: OFFICIAL
BOOTLEG SERIES, VOL. 5
Miles Davis Quintet