The release date comes exactly 60 years to the date since Davis' performance at Newport in 1955. The box, according to its press release, includes 296 minutes of music, nearly four hours of which is previously unreleased.
The set includes performances by the Kind Of Blue Sextet (with Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb), and the "second great quintet" in '66 and '67 (with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams).
Mastered by Mark Wilder (with whom I worked on the first Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Stone Flower" reissue, back in 1990), with liner notes by Grammy-winner Ashley Kahn and art direction by Josh Cheuse. Legendary jazz impresario George Wein produced all the original concerts.
Among the musicians are Cannonball Adderley, Gary Bartz, Gerry Mulligan, Zoot Sims, Dave Holland, Paul Chambers, Percy Heath, Ron Carter, Al Foster, Tony Williams, Connie Kay, Jack DeJohnette, Jimmy Cobb, Leon 'Ndugu' Chancler, Michael Henderson, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, David Liebman, Pete Cosey, Reggie Lucas, Don Alias, James Mtume, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Sam Morrison and Wayne Shorter.
Here's the complete tracklist:
|July 17, 1955, Newport Jazz Festival, Festival Field, Newport, RI|
|Spoken Introduction By Duke Ellington And Gerry Mulligan||1:27|
|Now's The Time||8:48|
|July 3, 1958, Newport Jazz Festival, Festival Field, Newport, RI|
|Spoken Introduction By Willis Conover||2:15|
|Straight No Chaser||8:48|
|Two Bass Hit||4:11|
|Bye Bye Blackbird||9:11|
|July 4, 1966, Newport Jazz Festival, Festival Field, Newport, RI|
|Stella By Starlight||7:58|
|Seven Steps To Heaven||4:46|
|The Theme / Closing Announcement By Leonard Feather||2:17|
|July 2, 1967, Newport Jazz Festival, Festival Field, Newport, RI|
|Spoken Introduction By Del Shields||0:38|
|The Theme / Closing Announcement By Del Shields||0:20|
|July 5, 1969, Newport Jazz Festival, Festival Field, Newport, RI|
|Miles Runs The Voodoo Down||10:21|
|It's About That Time / The Theme||9:40|
|November 1, 1973, Newport Jazz Festival In Europe, Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany|
|Spoken Introduction By Ronnie Scott / Band Warming Up||0:37|
|Tune In 5||4:12|
|Tune In 5 / Closing Announcement By Ronnie Scott||6:06|
|July 1, 1975, Newport Jazz Festival – New York, Avery Fisher Hall, New York City|
|October 22, 1971, Newport Jazz Festival In Europe, Neue Stadthalle, Dietikon, Switzerland|
|What I Say||10:43|
|It's About That Time||13:21|