I am very pleased with a recording I found some weeks ago, called Miles Davis Quintet Live In Den Haag. This CD, released by Lonehill Jazz, gave me some great music from a period Miles Davis was at his best. The recordings were made on 9 April 1960 at the Kurhaus in Scheveningen ( The Hague) where Miles played as part of a Jazz at the Philharmonic concert. Other musicians that played a set at this concert are the Stan Getz Quartet and the Oscar Peterson Trio. These sets are not on the album. At midnight the concert was repeated at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The all American quintet ( with Davis with John Coltrane, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb ) plays great and while listening to the tracks Miles improvises every tune, allthough well known from other recordings, as if he creates it for the very first time.
A few weeks ago, when I had this record in my hands, being in two minds to buy it or not, I wondered if this recording should bring me something new , something exciting, something special between those other 50 Miles Davis CDs I gathered during the last cententials.
It did and it was as if I attended the evening myself. I can recommend this CD, which also includes some tracks played some years earlier in a TV broadcast or at the Blue Note Club in Philadelphia.
I received a catalogue from this Lonehill Jazz label and I am impressed by the albums it contains. One of the recordings I found in their catalogue is the 1957 Amsterdam Miles Davis recording with his (European) Quintet ( feat. Barney Wilen, René Urtreger, Pierre Michelot and Kenny Clarke.) It is a great concert too - I already heard it due to a radio program. I´m very anxious to hear more of this label and I hope my record shop will store more items of Lonehill Jazz.