Music

Miles to go: Local shows by Davis’s band members

There’s a notable confluence of events this month that feature key veterans of Miles Davis’s bands.

A trio gig at Regattabar (March 13) features Ron Carter, bassist in Davis’s sizzling mid-1960s quintet. The pianist from that group — Herbie Hancock — is in the midst of a lecture series at Harvard University. (His first offering: “The Wisdom of Miles Davis.”)

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Buster Williams replaced Carter for two club engagements, and remembers Davis’s enigmatic instructions. “He said, ‘When they play fast, play slow. And when they play slow, play fast,” Williams says. “He was telling me: React to what you hear and how you feel.”

Davis drummer Jack DeJohnette is set for a Thursday show at Sanders Theatre with the Spring Quartet; his rhythm-section partner on “Bitches Brew,” bassist Dave Holland, caps a residency at New England Conservatory on March 13.

David Liebman, the saxophonist who directly preceded Sonny Fortune in a Davis fusion combo, plays the Lily Pad on March 15.

Liebman was in a doctor’s waiting room when his mother tracked him down by phone with an urgent message to get to a Davis recording session. “He kind of pointed to the microphone,” Liebman recalls of his trial-by-fire on the album “On the Corner,” “and pushed me over to start playing, and my solo is the first thing you hear on the album.”

Jeremy D. Goodwin can be reached at jeremy@jeremydgoodwin.com.
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