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Miles Davis In Concert My Funny Valentine LP 180 Gram Vinyl Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab Limited Edition USA

Miles Davis In Concert My Funny Valentine LP 180 Gram Vinyl Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab Limited Edition USA Maximize
Artist: Miles Davis
Title: My Funny Valentine
Catalog Number: MFSL 1-431
Label: Columbia
Reissued by: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Barcode: 821797143110
Edition: MFSL Miles Davis Restoration Series
Original release year: 1965
Reissue year: 2016
Number of discs: 1
Revolutions per minute: 33⅓ rpm
Disc size: 12"
Vinyl Weight Grade: 180gr
Limited Edition: Yes
Numbered Edition: Yes
Total Item Weight: 422gr
Pressing country: USA
For Market Release in: USA
Added to catalog on: February 11, 2017
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This live album captures the ballads performed at a benefit concert from New York’s new Philharmonic Hall just months after President Kennedy’s assassination. Tapping into a seemingly divine inspiration, Davis never sounded so elegant or poetic. This album was also the last time on record he’d perform standards rather than original compositions. A night to remember, with amazing sound quality.

 

 

  • Limited Edition
  • Numbered Edition
  • 180 Gram High Definition Vinyl pressed at RTI USA
  • Half-Speed mastering on MFSL Gain 2 Ultra Analog System
  • Analog Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
  • Mastered by Krieg Wunderlich & Rob LoVerde
  • Special Static Free & Dust Free Inner Sleeves
  • Deluxe Cover

 

 

Historic Recording Captures Elegant Ballads Performed at February 1964 Concert. Audiophile Reference-Standard Sound: Album Boasts Lifelike Tones, Balances, Images, and Ambience. Davis Taps Divine Inspiration: Compositions Marked by Deep Emotions, Spontaneous Brilliance, Sensitive Beauty, and Sublime Poignancy.


Miles Davis’ My Funny Valentine marks several historic turning points. For Davis, the live album represents the final time on record he’d perform standards rather than original compositions. It also stands as one of the last documents made by the same band that created Seven Steps of Heaven. As such, the work teems with bebop melodicism yet steers clear of Davis’ oft-controversial avant-garde leanings. Most significantly, however, the set captures the ballads performed at a benefit concert from New York’s then-new Philharmonic Hall just months after President Kennedy’s assassination. Tapping into a seemingly divine inspiration, Davis never sounded so elegant or poetic.


Boasting gorgeous sound and pressed on 180g LP at RTI, Mobile Fidelity’s choice reissue of the trumpeter’s scintillating work bookends the label’s release of Four & More from the same show and features similar enhancements relating to depth, presence, dynamics, clarity, and ambience. Presented in reference-standard fidelity, the record boasts balances, tonalities, and airiness that duplicate the experience of witnessing live jazz in an acoustically ideal hall. The images of each individual instrument, the decay of the notes, the inner reaches of the piano, and symmetry of the horns—all are rendered with palpable detail. This is the very definition of reach-out-and-touch-it realism.


Staged as a benefit to support voter registration in the South, the February concert came amidst the height of the Civil Rights movement, a cause dear to Davis’ heart. Yet unforeseen circumstances raised the stakes. Having professed his admiration for Kennedy years prior, Davis appears to approach the compositions on My Funny Valentine (and, in particular, the title track) as homage to the fallen leader, a collective soliloquy comprised of pieces shot through with deeply emotional passages, spontaneous brilliance, sensitive beauty, and sublime poignancy. Elegiac moods permeate the performances; Davis and his Harmon mute paint with intricate brushstrokes.


Pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams are their leader’s equal, and would continue with Davis until later in the decade, helping form what’s now known as the “second great quintet.” But the secret weapon on both My Funny Valentine and its sister Four & More arrives in the form of tenor saxophonist George Coleman, whom jazz experts Brian Morton and Richard Cook deem “one of the unsung heroes of modern jazz.” His lines are subtle and sophisticated, straightahead but capable of unanticipated direction, and here, he comes into his own. As does the entire band.


Indeed, the combination of introspective chemistry, lyrical reach, and telepathic communication demonstrated by the quintet on My Funny Valentine arguably exceeds that on any of Davis’ myriad other live efforts. One listen confirms something special transpiring, and on this Mobile Fidelity reissue, those properties are rendered in a manner that’s as transparent to the source as humanly possible. Do not miss this.

 

 

Musicians:


Miles Davis, trumpet
George Coleman, tenor saxophone
Ron Carter, bass
Tony Williams, drums


Track Listing:


Side A
1. My Funny Valentine
2. All Of You


Side B
3. Stella By Starlight
4. All Blues
5. I Thought About You

 

 

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