Miles Davis performs at the Isle of Wight Festival, 1970.
Jimi Hendrix wasn’t the only musician to blow peoples’ minds at the Isle of Wight Festival in August of 1970. Miles Davis ripped it up and bent the audience’s minds. The lineup was:
Miles Davis (trumpet)
Gary Bartz (sax)
Chick Corea (electric piano)
Keith Jarrett (organ)
Dave Holland (bass)
Jack DeJohnette (drums)
Airto Moreira (percussion)
The expressions on Airto Moreira’s face were priceless (although he was admittedly on LSD at the time). The video is 35 minutes long, and I strongly recommend that you put it on in the background and let it percolate while you browse the internet or work.
The Woody Shaw Concert Ensemble At The Berliner Jazztage - “Jean Marie” (Live, 1977).
Happy 91st birthday to jazz legend Clark Terry, who not only is a trumpet virtuoso who taught a young Miles Davis, but played with both Basie and Ellington, introduced the fluegelhorn to jazz, appeared on over 900 recordings, and was decreed the greatest trumpeter on earth by no less than Dizzy Gillespie. Play on, Clark, play on.
Woody Shaw is my favorite trumpet player.
Gordon talks about legendary trumpet player Woody Shaw. Often referred to as “the last innovator,” Shaw is best remembered for revolutionizing the technical and harmonic vocabulary of the jazz trumpet. The first segment begins by looking at some of Woody’s influences including Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard and Booker Little. Also highlighted are some Shaw’s first recordings in his late teens and early twenties with legends like Eric Dolphy and Art Blakey.
In the second segment, Gordon takes a look at some of Woody’s monumental recordings from the mid-1960s including Woody’s first true recording as a bandleader. The album that came from this session, Casandranite, wouldn’t be released until the mid-1980s.