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Miles Davis in Milan in Color, 1964


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This clip will likely be familiar to you, but chances are you saw it in black and white. A couple of weeks ago, the footage was uploaded colorized. The concert featured the Miles Davis Quintet at the Teatro dell'Arte in Milan, Italy, on October 11th, 1964. When I saw it, thanks to Gilles D'Elia in Paris, a funny thing happened. The music became more interesting and gripping. Mind you, I tend to despise colorized films, but a clip of historic jazz seems somehow richer and more engaging colorized. Your brain magically pays closer attention to the music.

See for yourself. Here's Autumn Leaves, My Funny Valentine, All Blues, All of You and Joshua. The quintet featured Miles Davis (tp), Wayne Shorter (ts), Herbie Hancock (p), Ron Carter (b) and Tony Williams (d)...

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