Amalie R. Rothschild/Columbia Legacy Miles Davis grooves at the Fillmore East in the summer of 1970.
By the late 1960's, Miles Davis already knew that he was a legend of jazz, a sonic innovator, and one of the genre's most popular and challenging performers hands down.
But damn, what he really, really wanted to be was a rock and roll star. He saw all those white teens and young adults lining up to spend their money on tickets and records by those long-haired ofays who clanged guitars at ear-splitting volumes. What did they know about artistry, melody, and mood-shifting?
Miles Davis wanted that kind of commercial success, for himself, and for his music. Influenced by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Sly and the Family Stone, and James Brown, he felt was time to plug in, flip the switch, and spearhead the fusion of jazz and rock.
That phase of his live career is chronicled in the somewhat unwieldy-titled Miles at the Fillmore - Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3 (Columbia/Legacy), in which the vaults have spewed forth the complete live sets from Davis and his band's June 17-20 stint at the Fillmore East.
A few bonus tracks include tunes from his April 11 gig that year at the same venue including a frenetic "Paraphernalia" and "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down."