Live-Evil

Running length
4 tracks
Running time
45:29

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Sivad 15:13 12,516
2 Little Church 3:14 18,619
3 Medley: Gemini/Double Image 5:53 2,420
4 What I Say 21:09 12,768

About this album

Live-Evil is one of Miles Davis’ most confusing and illuminating documents.
— Thom Jurek (AMG) 4,5/5 Stars —

As a double album, it features very different settings of his band — and indeed two very different bands. The double-LP / CD package is an amalgam of a December 19, 1970, gig at the Cellar Door, which featured a band comprised of Miles, bassist Michael Henderson, drummer Jack DeJohnette, guitarist John McLaughlin, saxophonist Gary Bartz, Keith Jarrett on organ, and percussionist Airto Moreira.

These tunes show a septet that grooved hard and fast, touching on the great funkiness that would come on later. But they are also misleading in that McLaughlin only joined the band for this night of a four-night stand; he wasn’t really a member of the band at this time. Therefore, as fine and deeply lyrically grooved-out as these tracks are, they feel just a bit stiff — check any edition of this band without him and hear the difference.
The other band on these discs was recorded in Columbia’s Studio B and subbed Ron Carter or Dave Holland on bass, added Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock on electric pianos, dropped the guitar on “Selim” and “Nem Um Talvez,” and subbed Steve Grossman over Gary Bartz while adding Hermeto Pascoal on percussion and drums in one place (“Selim”). In fact, these sessions were recorded earlier than the live dates, the previous June in fact, when the three-keyboard band was beginning to fall apart.

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