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Live in Zurich, 1960

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Live in Zurich, 1960
Live in Zurich, 1960


The first official release, mastered from the original tapes, of the radio broadcast of this 1960 Jazz At The Philharmonic concert in Zurich features the complete set performed by the Miles Davis Quintet that included John Coltrane on tenor sax.

In 1960, jazz impresario Norman Granz took the Oscar Peterson Trio, the Miles Davis Quintet and the Stan Getz Quartet on a "Jazz At The Philharmonic" tour through Europe. The only Swiss concert of the tour took place on Friday April 8th 1960 in the Kongresshaus Zurich and was recorded by the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation. Released officially for the first time and mastered from the original tapes, this new CD presents the complete set performed by the Miles Davis Quintet that evening.

The concert featured four long numbers, all closely associated with Davis' small groups since 1956. The standard "If I Were A Bell" opens the set, followed by three Davis originals: "Fran Dance", "So What" and "All Blues", the latter two of which appeared on the groundbreaking album, "Kind of Blue".

Following the end of the JATP tour, Coltrane left the quintet to follow his own ambitions, so ending his five-year tenure with the Davis quintet and a partnership between the two that helped develop the modal jazz form. This concert was therefore one of the last occasions the two played together on stage.

Personnel: Miles Davis (trumpet), John Coltrane (tenor saxophone), Wynton Kelly (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums)


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  2. Introduction by Norman Granz
  3. If I Were A Bell
  4. Fran-Dance
  5. So What
  6. All Blues / Bye Bye
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