John Coltrane's Dutch debut
It was, even in the 1960s, remarkable, that a Dutch radio station stick its neck out by scheduling a Jazz-week – seven days filled with jazz music – a programming featuring live concerts with great names like the Oscar Peterson Trio, the Stan Getz Quartet and the Miles Davis Quintet at the Scheveningen het Kurhaus.
Miles Davis: Tweemaal in het Concertgebouw (1960) (Nederlands) | Miles Davis: The Complete 1960 Amsterdam Concertgebouw Concert ( English)
Even in The Netherlands such a jazz-week was a sensation. The VARA- radio station brought a two hours live radio program with the Miles Davis Sextet (sic) (vibist Buddy Montgomery was originally part of Miles Davis JATP group) , playing at the Kurhaus in Scheveningen ( 9.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.) and the Oscar Peterson Trio ( live from the Concertgebouw). ( 0.00 – 1.00 a.m.). It was a pity, according Anton Kop from the Dutch Rhythme magazine, that Peterson’s concert did overrun its time, so there was no time enough to broadcast Stan Getz concert on Dutch radio. The Miles Davis Quintet was scheduled as last comer.
Anouncement in Rhythme (1960)
Both the Miles Davis Kurhaus as the Concertgebouw concert are now available on cd. A few years ago the Miles Davis Quintet – Live in Den Haag recordings were reissued by Lonehilljazz (LHJ10206) – finally also the 1960 Amsterdam recordings by the Miles Davis Quintet have been issued by the Dutch Jazz Archive in its award-winning series Jazz at the Concertgebouw: Miles Davis - So What ( NJA 1301) (2cd)
Article announcing the concerts (source Vrije volk ( 9th of April 1960))
The concerts were part of a JATP tour organized by Norman Granz. Miles Davis Quintet, featuring Miles Davis on trumpet, John Coltrane on tenor saxophone, Wynton Kelly at the piano, Paul Chambers bass and Jimmy Cobb drums, had performed in Zurich the day before the Dutch concerts were scheduled. It had missed the airplane that should bring the musicians in time in Scheveningen. It had a three hours delay. Ruud Jacobs, Dutch bass player, told me that Paul Chambers instrument had been damaged during the flight and needed a replacement ...... He used Ruud's bass during both concerts. They played one set at the Kurhaus, which was broadcasted live by Vara-radio. The audience had delighted with this Miles Davis concert, organized by Dutch impresario Lou Van Rees, the third appearance of Miles in our country, but were shocked by the sound of John Coltrane.
Miles Davis - So What (2cd) ( NJA 1301)
The critics were very harsh in their judgements: Het plezier ……werd volledig vergald door John Coltrane, de man die de tenorsax vasthield (!) ( = John Coltrane, the man with the tenor sax in his hands (!) spoiled the audience’s pleasure) …. ergerlijke melodische armoede (John Coltrane) ( = Annoying melodic poverty) – De verschrikkingen die de figuur Coltrane produceerde. ( = The terror produced by the man named Coltrane).
|Kritiek van Anton Kop. |
bron: Rhythme mei 1960
Vara's Jazzweek with the Miles Davis concert as one of its highlights, but the critics wereafter the concert as hard as nails. (Source: Friese Courier (9th of April 1960))
It is hard to believe, when you listen to the music with 2013 ears, that the critics panned this concert - Now we know that Miles Davis played one of his best concerts of that year .....
Wynton Kelly - Miles Davis - Paul Chambers (Kurhaus: 15th of October 1960) (source: Rhythme 134 )(photo courtesy: Pieter Mazel)
The 2cd album Jazz at the Concertgebouw: Miles Davis - So What ( NJA 1301) also features the October 1960 concert by the Miles Davis Quintet at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
|Sonny Stitt (Kurhaus)|
(foto Pieter Mazel)
The Jazz at the Concertgebouw series contains more remarkable concerts live from the famous Amsterdam music theatre, like concerts with Chet Baker (1955) – Gerry Mulligan (1956) – J.J. Johnson (1957) – Sarah Vaughan (1958) – Misha Mengelberg-Piet Noordijk Quartet (1966) and Jazz from Carnegie Hall featuring Lee Konitz, Zoot Soms, Phineas Newborn, Red Garland, Oscar Pettiford and Kenny Clarke (1958)
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When critics are quoted about your concert as ... ergerlijke melodische armoede (annoying melodic poverty) – Het plezier werd volledig vergald ( they spoiled the listeners pleasure), I guess you better decide to stop your career in music .... But not for John Coltrane. His debut in The Netherlands didn't pass by unnoticed. The Dutch Jazz archive released in its award-winning series Jazz at the Concergebouw two talked-about 1960 concerts by the Miles Davis Quintet.
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