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August 29, 1970 (6 items; TT = 34:57)
Festival grounds, Isle of Wight (United Kingdom)
Commercial for Columbia
Show chatter

Miles Davis (tpt); Gary Bartz (ss, as); Chick Corea (el-p); Keith Jarrett (el-p); Dave Holland (el-b); Jack De Johnette (d); Airto Moreira (perc)

1 Directions (J. Zawinul) 7:12

Theme stated at 2:30
2 Bitches Brew (M. Davis) 10:05
3 It's About That Time (M. Davis) 6:29
4 Sanctuary (W. Shorter-M. Davis) 1:01
5 Spanish Key (M. Davis) 8:15
6 The Theme (with applause) (M. Davis) 1:55


1 Directions
12" LP: Columbia G3X 30805, Columbia AL 30807, CBS/Sony SOPB 4544/6, CBS (F) 450472, Vinyl Passion 80001, Music on Vinyl MOV LP278
CD: Leopard LCD 107-2, Castle Communications EDF CD 327, Columbia Legacy C2K 65058, Sony VACM 1106/7, Sony 81485, Sony SICJ 30079, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922 [= Columbia (F) 86975 52492] (CD 39)
Video: Eagle Eye EE 39020 (DVD), Eagle Vision EREDV263 (DVD)

2 Bitches Brew
12" LP: Columbia G3X 30805, Columbia AL 30807, CBS/Sony SOPB 4544/6, CBS (F) 450472, Vinyl Passion 80001, Music on Vinyl MOV LP278
CD: Leopard LCD 107-2, Castle Communications EDF CD 327, Columbia Legacy C2K 65058, Sony VACM 1106/7, Sony 81485, Sony SICJ 30079, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922 [= Columbia (F) 86975 52492] (CD 39)
Video: Eagle Eye EE 39020 (DVD), Eagle Vision EREDV263 (DVD)

3 It's About That Time
12" LP: Columbia G3X 30805, Columbia AL 30807, CBS/Sony SOPB 4544/6, CBS (F) 450472, Vinyl Passion 80001, Music on Vinyl MOV LP278
CD: Leopard LCD 107-2, Sony VACM 1106/7, Sony 81485, Sony SICJ 30079, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922 [= Columbia (F) 86975 52492] (CD 39)
Video: Eagle Eye EE 39020 (DVD), Eagle Vision EREDV263 (DVD)

4 Sanctuary
12" LP: Vinyl Passion 80001, Music on Vinyl MOV LP278
CD: Sony 81485, Sony SICJ 30079, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922 [= Columbia (F) 86975 52492] (CD 39)
Video: Eagle Eye EE 39020 (DVD), Eagle Vision EREDV263 (DVD)

5 Spanish Key
12" LP: Columbia G3X 30805, Columbia AL 30807, CBS/Sony SOPB 4544/6, CBS (F) 450472, Vinyl Passion 80001, Music on Vinyl MOV LP278
CD: Leopard LCD 107-2, Castle Communications EDF CD 327, Columbia Legacy C2K 65058, Sony VACM 1106/7, Sony 81485, Sony SICJ 30079, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922 [= Columbia (F) 86975 52492] (CD 39)
Video: Eagle Eye EE 39020 (DVD), Eagle Vision EREDV263 (DVD)

6 The Theme (with applause)
12" LP: Columbia G3X 30805, Columbia AL 30807, CBS/Sony SOPB 4544/6, CBS (F) 450472, Vinyl Passion 80001, Music on Vinyl MOV LP278
CD: Leopard LCD 107-2, Castle Communications EDF CD 327, Columbia Legacy C2K 65058, Sony VACM 1106/7, Sony 81485, Sony SICJ 30079, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922 [= Columbia (F) 86975 52492] (CD 39)
Video: Eagle Eye EE 39020 (DVD), Eagle Vision EREDV263 (DVD)


The keyboards used in this set are different than the usual instruments. Jarrett plays an RMI 300B Electra-Piano, not his usual Fender Contempo organ; instead of the usual Fender Rhodes, Corea plays a Hohner Electra-Piano. Jarrettt's instrument is hooked up to a Vox guitar amplifier; Corea's to a highly overdriven and distorted WEA amplifier. (WEA was a sponsor of the festival and their gear is visible in a lot of video footage from the festival.)

There are several incomplete edited versions of this material:

Call It Anythin' (Columbia G3X 30805) (17:28)
Directions (splices at 1:39, 2:11) 6:31
Bitches Brew (coded phrase only) 0:05
It's About That Time 4:37
Spanish Key (splice at 0:48) 5:31
The Theme 0:44

Call It Anything (Columbia Legacy C2K 62058) (14:35)
Directions (theme at 2:16) 6:08
Bitches Brew (possible splice at 3:11) 3:50
Spanish Key 3:12
The Theme 1:25

Call It Anything (Sony VACM 1106/7) (17:34)
Directions (theme at 2:16) 5:46
Bitches Brew (coded phrase only) 0:05
It's About That Time 5:13
Sanctuary (fragment of theme) 0:05
Spanish Key 5:00
The Theme 1:25

The Eagle Eye DVD is an excellent documentary about Davis' electric music, with the focus on the 1970 Isle of Wight performance. In addition to the complete performance by the Davis Sextet it includes interviews with all of the musicians in the band, as well as with Herbie Hancock, James Mtume Forman, Pete Cosey, and others.

The "Call it Anything" on C2K 65058 has an 0:20 interview appended to the beginning of the Davis medley. The duration of the music and applause is 14:36.

The Davis Septet was busy throughout the summer: Fillmore East, New York (June 17-20); Hampton Roads Coliseum (July 3); Central Park, New York (July 6); Hollywood Bowl (July 10); Randall's Island, New York (July 18); Madison Square Garden, New York (July 25); SUNY Stony Brook (August 16); Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood (August 18). The Isle of Wight Festival (August 29) must have been something of a climax for the group, although they apparently continued playing in Europe before returning to the U.S. in September. The group performed, along with Osmosis, at the Boston Tea Party on Sunday, September 13. Other performances include: Seattle Center Arena (October 4); Royce Hall, UCLA (October 10); Zellerbach Auditorium, UC-Berkeley (October 14).

Thanks to Frederik Adlers for help with the keyboard identification, and to Pat Buzby and Ron Fritts for help with Davis' itinerary.

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