Miles Davis Quintet, Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1 Columbia/Legacy

By Bill Murphy ,

By late 1967, Ron Carter and the rest of Miles Davis’ Second Great Quintet—Wayne Shorter (sax), Herbie Hancock (piano) and the phenomenal Tony Williams (drums)—had recorded four albums and logged nearly three years on the road, so they were poised to stretch out on a series of high-profile European dates. These rare recordings and a bonus DVD contain a bounty of Carter treasures, from his free-wheeling walk on “Agitation” to his extra-sensory connection with Williams on Shorter’s “Footprints” and the Sorcerer staple “Masqualero.” Within six months, an allegedly reluctant Carter had refused to switch to electric bass, a sticking point with Miles that opened up the bass chair for a young Brit named Dave Holland.