Tom Sinclair
August 01, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Miles Davis live albums

Fusion wasn’t always a genre to scoff at, as demonstrated on these five mostly live double CDs documenting various permutations of Miles Davis’ early-’70s band. With his inimitable trumpeting — by turns melancholy, pungent, and lyrical — at the music’s center, his electrified cohorts stretch the limits of jazz, rock, and funk. Best of the batch: Dark Magus (never before available in America), on which the band runs the voodoo down with particular ferocity. At Fillmore: B- Live-Evil: A- In Concert: A Beauty: A- Magus: A

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