Miles Davis Quintet

Rome, 1969

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On October 27, 1969, at the Teatro Sistina Theater in Rome, Italy, the renowned Miles Davis Quintet delivered a captivating performance of “Directions.”

Miles Davis, a pivotal figure in the world of jazz, had experienced a shift in his musical direction during the late ’60s. This period marked the dissolution of his “Second Great Quintet,” featuring exceptional talents like Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams, as Davis’s interests gravitated increasingly toward rock and funk music.

Despite the departure of these exceptional musicians, Davis’s 1969 quintet exhibited a remarkable chemistry and artistic equilibrium reminiscent of his previous groups. This newly formed ensemble welcomed Chick Corea, Dave Holland, and Jack DeJohnette as its latest members, each of whom would go on to forge distinguished careers of their own in the realm of jazz and beyond.


Miles Davis – trumpet
Wayne Shorter – tenor sax
Chick Corea – electric piano
Dave Holland – bass
Jack DeJohnette – drums


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