When I was in Paris last week, I saw a lot of posters announcing a ‘Tribute To Miles' on July 18th, featuring Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, Sean Jones (trumpet) and Sean Richman (drums). Bassist Marcus Miller contrived and produced the tribute, the occasion being the fact that Miles Davis died twenty years ago. Miller was involved with great Davis albums like ‘The Man With the Horn' and 'Tutu’, while Hancock and Shorter had already experienced adventures with the trumpeter in the sixties. When I returned home last Saturday, I checked if they would also visit The Netherlands, and found out they will play at the North Sea Jazz Festival on July 10th 2011, in my hometown Rotterdam. I bought a ticket instantly.
To get myself in the mood, here is ‘Footprints’, recorded in Sweden on October 31st, 1967.
Miles Davis - Trumpet Wayne Shorter - Tenor Saxophone Herbie Hancock - Piano Ron Carter - Bass Tony Williams - Drums