Miles Davis is one of the jazz artists who are widely known to the general population and his studio albums are often seen as starting points for a jazz collection with Kind Of Blue, Birth Of The Cool, Sketches Of Spain, In A Silent Way and Bitches Brew widely recommended.
His live albums, of which there are many, are not so widely known.
Imagine you wanted to start your collection of live recordings by Miles Davis from scratch or you were asked to recommend albums to someone who wanted to get to his live recordings.
What would you recommend? Which do you think are his best live albums?
What Are The Best Live Albums By Miles Davis?
What Did I Miss?
I’m probably missed one of your favourite but less well known albums. Please let me know and I’ll pop it into the poll.
What Other People Say Are The Best Miles Davis Live Albums
Steve Hoffman Forum – Miles Davis’ best live album?
These albums got repeated support:
- The Complete Live At The Plugged Nickel 1965
- Friday and Saturday night at the Blackhawk
- My Funny Valentine
- Four and More
- The Cellar Door Sessions 1970
BestEverAlbums.com asks people to put together lists of their favourite albums and does lots of analysis to reorganise the raw data into different lists – here are the Miles Davis Best Ever Albums. There’s a bias towards the studio albums but the live albums that rank quite well are:
- My Funny Valentine: Miles Davis in Concert
- Miles & Coltrane
- The Complete Concert 1964: My Funny Valentine + Four More
- Miles In Berlin
- At Fillmore: Live At The Fillmore East
Albums that received several nominations were:
- My Funny Valentine
- Four and More
Progarchives.com – Miles Davis Discography
Members give albums ratings out of 5 and these are aggregated to give overall averages. The live albums rating over 4.0 (at 20/6/2016) are:
- In Person Friday and Saturday Nights at the Blackhawk, Complete 4.67
- Dark Magus 4.64
- The Complete Live at The Plugged Nickel 4.50
- MIles Davis Quintet – Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. I 4.50
- Pangaea 4.35
- The Complete Concert 1964 My Funny Valentine + Four & More 4.22
- It’s About that Time: Live at the Fillmore East, March 7, 1970 4.08
- Live-Evil 4.06
- My Funny Valentine: Miles Davis in Concert 4.03
The highest rated studio album is Kind Of Blue with an average of 4.35.
AllAboutJazz.com – Best Live Jazz Recordings: The Best of the Rest
These 13 albums included Live At the Fillmore East, March 7, 1970: It’s About That Time
revive-music.com – Essential Live Albums Pt. 1
The first album featured is Highlights From The Plugged Nickel.
Wilson and Alroy’s Record Reviews – Miles Davis – rates albums out of 5 stars but the only live album rated is:
Live-Evil 4 stars
DigitalDreamDoor.com – 100 Greatest Live Jazz Albums – features a few Miles Davis live recordings:
- #6 My Funny Valentine
- #11 In Person at the Blackhawk Vol. 1
- #13 Live at the Plugged Nickel
- #28 Live at Filmore : It’s About that Time
- #35 Live-Evil
- #42 Miles and Quincy Live at Montreux
- #90 Live Around the World
What Are The Best Live Jazz Albums Of All Time?
Please vote in my poll to find the best live jazz albums. While you may not have heard all of them, I see a vote as a recommendation to other readers.
What great live jazz albums have I missed?
You may also be interested in the poll to find the best light jazz, Rat Pack crooners and easy listening live albums.
You can see the complete list of readers polls at Live Album Polls.
Live Album Polls For The Great Jazz Artists
I have polls for the following artists: – Louis Armstrong – Count Basie – John Coltrane – Miles Davis – Eric Dolphy – Duke Ellington – Dizzy Gillespie – Billie Holiday – Charles Mingus – Thelonious Monk – Charlie Parker – Lester Young –