Miles Davis: Miles In Berlin

After John Coltrane’s last tour with Miles Davis in 1960, the trumpeter tried five great tenor saxophonists as replacements before settling on Wayne Shorter in late 1964. He had by that time assembled a new rhythm section with Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums, but Shorter’s immediate predecessors didn’t really gel with this team. Miles In Berlin was the first recording by the lineup we now call Davis’ second great quintet (the first being the mid-50s unit with Coltrane). Neither the material nor the approach here is very different from live recordings with …