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Miles Davis was one of the most important and influential jazz figures. His career, which spanned nearly fifty years, covers jazz history throughout the second half of the Twentieth Century and was marked by his constant evolution and his search for new artistic goals. With equal passion, Davis participated in bebop, cool and modal jazz, and later, in the formation of hard bop and the fusion of jazz with rock & roll. The sound of his trumpet – completely identifiable given his use of the Harmon mute – gave him a personal and intimate feeling, a soft and melodious sound which frequently led to lyricism and introspection. He was superb playing ballads, and some of his best studio performances of the genre can be found on this LP, which includes works with small groups, mainly quartets presenting Miles as BN the only horn.
MILES DAVIS, trumpet, on all tracks, plus:
ON TRACKS 1 & 5: Red Garland (p), Paul Chambers (b), Jimmy Cobb (d).
Hackensack, New Jersey, May 11, 1956.
ON TRACKS 2 & 4: Gil Coggins (p), Oscar Pettiford (b), Kenny Clarke (d).
New York, May 9, 1952.
ON TRACKS 3 & 9: Orchestra under the direction of Gil Evans.
New York, July 22 & August 18, 1958.
ON TRACK 6: John Coltrane (ts), Red Garland (p), Paul Chambers (b),
Philly Joe Jones (d).
Hackensack, New Jersey, October 26, 1956.
ON TRACKS 7 & 11: John Coltrane (ts; out on 7), Red Garland (p),
Paul Chambers (b), Philly Joe Jones (d).
Hackensack, New Jersey, November 16, 1955.
ON TRACKS 8 & 12: J.J. Johnson (tb on 12 only), Jimmy Heath (ts, on 12 only),
Gil Coggins (p), Percy Heath (b), Art Blakey (d).
New York, April 20, 1953.
ON TRACKS 10 & 14: Britt Woodman (tb), Teddy Charles (vib),
Charles Mingus (b), Elvin Jones (d). New York, July 8, 1955.
ON TRACK 13: Charles Mingus (p), Percy Heath (b), Max Roach (d).
New York, May 19, 1953.
ON TRACK 15: Milt Jackson (vib), Thelonious Monk (p),
Percy Heath (b), Kenny Clarke (d).
Hackensack, New Jersey, December 24, 1954.
01 WHEN I FALL IN LOVE
03 BESS, OH, WHERE’S MY BESS
04 HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN
05 SOMETHING I DREAMED LAST NIGHT
06 ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT [Prestige version]
07 THERE IS NO GREATER LOVE
08 I WAITED FOR YOU
09 MY MAN’S GONE NOW
10 NATURE BOY
11 JUST SQUEEZE ME
14 EASY LIVING
15 THE MAN I LOVE
Total Time: 77:48