is a collaborative live album by American jazz trumpeter Miles & Quincy: Live at Montreux Miles Davis and conductor Quincy Jones. It was recorded at the 1991 Montreux Jazz Festival and released by Warner Bros. Records in 1993.
Miles & Quincy: Live at Montreux charted at number one on the Billboard Top Jazz Albums. It won Davis his seventh  Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance.
Background [ edit ]
Miles Davis, who had never revisited past music from his career before, surprised jazz fans when he worked with an ensemble led by Quincy Jones at the Montreux Jazz Festival on July 8, 1991. Jones developed the idea of using two orchestras and conducted both the  Gil Evans Orchestra and George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band at the concert. The performance also featured guest instrumentalists who played with Davis, including trumpeters Benny Bailey and Wallace Roney, drummer Grady Tate, bassist Carles Benavent, and alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett. Davis was seriously ill when he played the concert,  and it was the final album he recorded before his death three months later. 
Critical reception [ edit ]
In a contemporary review for
, critic Entertainment Weekly David Hajdu gave the album an "A" and said that it is "simply the most exquisite music of tragedy this side of a New Orleans funeral. Don't be mistaken though: This ain't no party. Nor is it a career-summing work of miraculous late-life virtuosity. It's something even rarer: an almost unbearably honest musical expression, without apology or shame, of weakness, age, and pain."  magazine found the sound thin, but funky and strong. Q In a less enthusiastic review for  magazine, Vibe Greg Tate found Davis' playing occasionally sketchy and felt that the recreations are not on-par with Evans' original arrangements: "[T]he compressed nature of this document—even its shadowy relationship to the original—only serves to highlight the nova-like luminosity of Gil and Miles's work together."
In a retrospective review,
Allmusic's Ron Wynn wrote that "not every moment is golden, but the overall session ranks just a bit below the majestic '50s and '60s dates featuring Davis' trumpet and Evans' arrangements." In  , The Penguin Guide to Jazz Richard Cook and Brian Morton said that the exaggerated arrangements are redeemed by the audience's enraptured reception and Davis' musical ideas, if not his labored solos: "Jones hails Miles Davis as a 'great painter' and that is exactly what he was. He left some masterpieces, some puzzling abstracts, and a pile of fascinating sketches."
Track listing [ edit ]
Claude Nobs & Quincy Jones "Boplicity"
Medley Miles Ahead "Springsville"
"Maids of Cadiz"
"Blues For Pablo"
Medley Porgy and Bess "Orgone"
"Gone, Gone, Gone"
Summertime" "Here Come De Honey Man"
"The Pan Piper"
Personnel [ edit ]
Miles Davis - trumpet
Kenny Garrett - alto saxophone The
George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band – performer The
Gil Evans Orchestra – performer
Quincy Jones - conductor, producer
Wallace Roney - trumpet, flugelhorn Ack Van Rooyen - trumpet, flugelhorn
The Gil Evans Orchestra
The George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band
Marvin Stamm - trumpet, flugelhorn John D’Earth - trumpet, flugelhorn
Jack Walrath - trumpet, flugelhorn
John Clark - French horn
Tom Varner - French horn
Dave Bargeron - euphonium, trombone Earl McIntyre - euphonium, trombone
Dave Taylor - bass trombone
Howard Johnson - tuba, baritone saxophone
Sal Giorgianni - alto saxophone
Bob Malach - tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet
Larry Schneider - tenor saxophone, oboe, flute, clarinet
Jerry Bergonzi - tenor saxophone
George Gruntz -piano
Mike Richmond - double bass John Riley - drums, percussion Additional musicians
George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band
Manfred Schoof - trumpet, flugelhorn Ack van Royen - trumpet, flugelhorn
Alex Brofsky - French horn
Roland Dahinden - trombone Claudio Pontiggia - French horn
Anne O’Brien - flute
Julian Cawdry - flute
Hanspeter Frehner - flute
Michel Weber - clarinet
Christian Gavillet - bass clarinet, baritone saxophone
Tilman Zahn - oboe
Dave Seghezzo - oboe
Xavier Duss - oboe
Judith Wenziker - oboe
Christian Raabe - bassoon
Reiner Erb - bassoon
Xenia Schindler - harp
Conrad Herwig - trombone Roger Rosenberg - bass clarinet, baritone saxophone Additional musicians
Certifications and sales [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
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"Miles & Quincy: Live At Montreux - Miles Davis,Quincy Jones - Awards". Allmusic . Retrieved . December 28, 2013
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"Miles Davis - Biography". Allmusic . Retrieved . December 28, 2013
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Wynn, Ron. "Miles & Quincy: Live At Montreux - Miles Davis,Quincy Jones". Allmusic . Retrieved . December 28, 2013
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Sheffield, Rob; et al. (2004). Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). (4th ed.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide Simon & Schuster. pp. 215, 219. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8 . Retrieved . December 28, 2013
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Hajdu, David (August 27, 1993). "Miles & Quincy: Live at Montreux Review". . New York (185–186): 110 Entertainment Weekly . Retrieved . December 28, 2013
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Richard Cook, Brian Morton (2006). . The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings Penguin. p. 332. ISBN . 0141023279
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"Review: Miles & Quincy: Live at Montreux". . London: 143. November 1993 Q . Retrieved . December 28, 2013 ...the sound is sparse but fiercely heavy and funky...
Larkin, Colin (2007). (4th ed.). Encyclopedia of Popular Music Oxford University Press. ISBN . 978-0195313734
Tate, Greg (November 1993). "Revolutions". . New York: 103 Vibe . Retrieved . December 28, 2013
"Top R&B Albums". : 22. September 4, 1993 Billboard . Retrieved . December 28, 2013
"Gold/Platin For Jazz". BVMI . Retrieved . June 15, 2020
"Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Miles Davis; 'Live at Montreux')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
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