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Miles Davis

The Essential Miles Davis [Vinyl LP]

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Originally released as a 2 LP set. Recorded between 1945 & 1986. Includes liner notes by Bob Blumenthal. Davis spent the most groundbreaking years of his career on Columbia; volume eight of that label's "This Is Jazz" series offers a survey, however inherently limited, of his work from 1955 to 1965, a period that covers his two classic quintets, the recording of KIND OF BLUE and his first work with Gil Evans. What THE BEST OF MILES DAVIS includes is material from BIRTH OF THE COOL, represented by three cuts from that LP, and from sessions done between 1952 and 1954 that featured musicians like J.J. Johnson, Jackie McLean, Jimmy Heath, Percy Heath and Art Blakey. It's an interesting period, in that neither Blue Note nor Davis had quite developed into the icons they were about to become. Ironically, with the final two cuts on this collection (from 1959's SOMETHING ELSE), both the label and Miles can be heard doing precisely what they became best known for: the album, released under Cannonball Adderly's name, imparts the smoky, noir atmosphere that characterized Blue Note's reputation as the home of hard bop, while Davis, radically reinterpreting standards like "Autumn Leaves," sounds at once pointillistic, introspective and decidedly badass.

Davis, Miles The Essential Miles Davis One1. "Now's the Time" – C. Parker 2. "Jeru" – G. Mulligan 3. "Compulsion" – M. Davis 4. "Tempus Fugit" – B. Powell 5. "Walkin'" – R. Carpenter 6. "Round Midnight" – T. Monk - B. Hanighen - C. Williams 7. "Bye Bye Blackbird" – M. Dixon - R. Henderson 8. "New Rhumba" – A. Jamal 9. "Generique" – M. Davis 10. "Summertime" – G. Gershwin - I. Gershwin - D. Heyward 11. "So What" – M. Davis 12. "The Pan Piper" – Gil Evans 13. "Someday My Prince Will Come" – F.E. Churchill - L. Morey Two 1. "My Funny Valentine (Live)" – R. Rodgers - L. Hart 2. "E.S.P." – Miles Davis - W. Shorter 3. "Nefertiti" – W. Shorter 4. "Petits Machins (Little Stuff)" – Miles Davis - Gil Evans 5. "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down" – Miles Davis 6. "Little Church" – H. Pascoal 7. "Black Satin" – Miles Davis 8. "Jean Pierre (Live)" – Miles Davis 9. "Time After Time" – C. Lauper - R. Hyman 10. "Portia" – M. Miller Three 1. "Stella by Starlight" 2. "Milestones" 3. "Seven Steps to Heaven" 4. "Footprints" 5. "In a Silent Way"

  • Released: 10/07/2016
  • Genre: Jazz
  • Format: Vinyl
  • RSD Release Date: n/a