Dec 27, 2016

It's About That Time: Wayne Shorter's Last Gig With Miles, March 7, 1970

Live at the Fillmore East (March 7, 1970): It's About That Time is an album that was finally released in 2001.

This particular concert was also the final concert that Wayne Shorter performed with Miles Davis. Soon after, Wayne would join Joe Zawinul to form Weather Report.

This concert is very raw and on edge, Chick Corea has a sound on electric piano that is unlike anything I can ever remember.

 Hearing heavy distortion either mars or enhances the music, depending on your tolerance for rough around the edges recordings.

One thing about this recording that surprises me, it sounds like Corea and Holland may have finally gotten to Miles, I don't think I can recall any of his music ever quite getting this avant-garde?

I am telling you this, you have some real over the top cacophony in spots. Some will snicker at this of course, man I wish more of these concerts would be released.

 Just to hear something like "It's About That Time" that challenges your sensibilities for what you thought Miles was all about during this time period has been a real joy to absorb.

Compare this recording to the band with Keith Jarrett: Those Cellar Door sessions sound all together different than this March 1970 recording, Did Miles know this was Wayne's last gig?

Reportedly a March 6th show was also taped that has not been released, it was available at Wolfgang's Vault, much of this live music is heard on Bitches Brew,  which hadn't been released at the time of these recordings..

I don't want to overstate it, but It's About That Time might be a tough listen for those newly initiated. If you like being challenged, you must give this a shot. All of Miles Electric period is well worth hearing if you have open ears.

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