The Miles Davis Quintet · Essential Albums (4-CD Box Set)
  • Box Set Back Cover Box Set Back Cover
  • Miles Davis Miles Davis
  • John Coltrane John Coltrane
  • Red Garland Red Garland
  • Paul Chambers Paul Chambers
  • Philly Joe Jones Philly Joe Jones
  • Prestige PRLP 7094 Prestige PRLP 7094
  • Prestige PRLP 7129 Prestige PRLP 7129
  • Prestige PRLP 7166 Prestige PRLP 7166
  • Prestige PRLP 7200 Prestige PRLP 7200
  • Rudy Van Gelder Rudy Van Gelder

Miles Davis

The Miles Davis Quintet · Essential Albums (4-CD Box Set)

Personnel:
Miles Davis (tp), John Coltrane (ts), Red Garland (p), Paul Chambers (b), Philly Joe Jones (d)

Reference: PRS-33204

Bar code: 888072332041

A marathon 1956 recording session-in which Miles' great quintet (with John Coltrane, Red Garland, Philly Joe Jones and Paul Chambers) went into the studio to document the brilliant musicianship, arrangements and chemistry they'd been bringing to the stage-resulted in four fantastic Prestige albums:

CD 1 - Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (PRLP 7094) 1957
CD 2 - Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (PRLP 7129) 1958
CD 3 - Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (PRLP 7166) 1959
CD 4 - Steamin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (PRLP 7200) 1961

24-Bit Remastering
Includes expanded liner notes for each classic Prestige album
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Complete tracklisting:

CD 1
01. My Funny Valentine 5:59
02. Blues by Five 9:59
03. Airegin 4:24
04. Tune-Up / When Lights Are Low 13:08

CD 2
01. If I Were a Bell 8:15
02. You're My Everything 5:18
03. I Could Write a Book 5:10
04. Oleo 5:52
05. It Could Happen To You  6:37
06. Woody'n You 5:01

CD 3
01. It Never Entered My Mind 5:14
02. Four 7:01
03. In Your Own Sweet Way 5:34
04. The Theme (Take 1) 1:55
05. Trane's Blues 8:18
06. Ahmad's Blues 7:14
07. Half Nelson 4:39
08. The Theme (Take 2) 1:01

CD 4
01. Surrey with the Fringe on Top 9:00
02. Salt Peanuts 6:05
03. Something I Dreamed Last Night 6:12
04. Diane 7:47
05. Well, You Needn't 6:17
06. When I Fall in Love 4:20

Personnel in all tracks:
Miles Davis (trumpet), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums).
All selections recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, on May 11, 1956

Original sessions supervised by Bob Weinstock
Sound engineer: Rudy Van Gelder
Album cover designs: Reid Miles, Phil Hays, Esmond Edwards
Original liner notes: Ira Gitler, Jack Maher, Joe Goldberg, Chris Albertson

Reissue producer: Stuart Kremsky
Reissue supervisors: Bob Porter, Nick Philips
Remastering: Rudy Van Gelder
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Review:

"These four truly classic records by the first version of the Miles Davis Quintet feature the trumpeter in the company of saxophonist John Coltrane, pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones. Each of these albums were recorded in two different sessions during 1956, with the lion's share in one extended date on October 26. The general idea was to get on tape the wealth of ideas the quintet were capable of delivering live. The trick was, instead of coming up with new material, the band simply relied on their live set in the studio. Miles Davis' thinking proved spot on, and these albums have all endured because of their quality. While there isn't a weak moment on Cookin' (Prestige 7094), highlights include the gorgeous reading of "My Funny Valentine" and the medley of "Tune Up/When Lights Are Low." Relaxin' (Prestige 7129) is one of the two albums here whose tracks were compiled from an earlier, May 11 session as well as the October date. "If I Were a Bell," "Oleo," and "It Could Happen to You" shine despite an excellent showing throughout. Workin' (Prestige 7166), taken entirely from the October 26 session, includes "It Never Entered My Mind," "In Your Own Sweet Way," and the first recording of "Trane's Blues." The final offering here, Steamin' (Prestige 7200), also contains cuts from the May 11 session. Another stone killer, its highlights include "Surrey with the Fringe on Top," a mad, sprinting version of Kenny Clarke's and Dizzy Gillespie's "Salt Peanuts" (with Jones' cymbal mimicking Gillespie's original vocals), and a gorgeous, swinging reading of Thelonious Monk's "Well You Needn't." These four albums have been issued before in many different configurations, but having them boxed like this makes its own kind of sense, honoring two historic days in jazz history."

Thom Jurek -All Music Guide

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