Melody takes a backseat to thrust, volume, and excitement on both sets. They're so seamless and energetic that the very concept of highlight, not to mention solo, seems inappropriate. Davis bites down hard on his phrases, Shorter skirls and wails, DeJohnette and Moreira maintain a bottom so tight the nuances pop, and Corea has simply never played this freely. The imagination infusing Corea's work on "Masqualero," the first take of "It's About That Time" (on which Shorter works stratospheric soprano sax), and "Spanish Key" leads to keyboard pyrotechnics so impossibly fast and accurate, they challenge and thrill the listener eagerly trying to keep pace. Recorded a month before Bitches Brew was released, these sets were part of a triple bill at New York's legendary Fillmore East that also featured the Steve Miller Band and Neil Young with Crazy Horse. The Davis sets are far from classic rock, however. They're jazz, as modern, abrasive, and pure as the day this fantastic group laid them down.