Miles Davis and the Second Great Quintet (1963 - 1968)

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Miles Davis, through his adoption of modal music, participated in the gradual liberation that resulted in the free music of the jazz avant-garde—liberation from chord changes, from rhythm, from harmony, from melody, from structure. Yet, although he continued to explore broadly, he was public in his discomfort with free jazz. Despite this reluctance, the new quintet that he began to build in 1963 (with George Coleman then Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams, resulted in the freest music of his career and became legendary as his Second Great Quintet.


  • Host Intro 0:00
  • Miles Davis Quintet "Seven Steps To Heaven" from Seven Steps To Heaven (Columbia) 4:36
  • Miles Davis Quintet "Milestones" from Miles In Europe (Columbia) 10:56
  • Host speaks 20:13
  • Miles Davis Quintet "E.S.P." from The Norton Collection (Norton) 24:25
  • Host speaks 29:51
  • Miles Davis Quintet "Orbits" from Miles Smiles (Columbia) 30:49
  • Miles Davis Quintet "Footprints" from Miles Smiles (Columbia) 35:22
  • Host speaks 45:06
  • Miles Davis Quintet "Petits Machins" from Filles De Kilimanjaro (Columbia) 48:05
  • Host Outro 56:08

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