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“There’s no better example of great ensemble playing than what Miles Davis’ quintet did when they recorded this live album. It was from a performance at the Philharmonic Hall of Lincoln Center in 1964, and it’s just incredible.
“It’s the epitome of guys flying through space together and turning on a dime with tempo and mood changes. Ron Carter is the bassist. There’s also Tony Williams on drums, Herbie Hancock on piano and George Coleman on tenor sax. There’s so much going on between those guys; everybody is taking turns soloing, it seems, at various times.
“The competition was huge in this band. Everybody was at the top of their game, and each guy was trying to get a rise out of the other guy. It’s fierce. And Miles – I remember this from the one time I played with him on Letterman – he wants you to play quietly, because he wants you to hear him. That’s the mentality they were dealing with.
“Bass players have to check out this record. If you dig it the first time you hear it, you’ll dig it even more the hundredth time.”