This release contains all of the existing live recordings of the celebrated Miles Davis Sextet with the exception of the well known concerts at the Plaza Hotel and the Newport Jazz Festival. On the first broadcast at the Café Bohemia, "Cannonball" Adderley was absent, leaving a quintet fronted by Miles and John Coltrane. The rarely heard November 1, 1958 and January 3, 1959 broadcasts mark the entries in Miles discography immediately prior to the sessions for the classic album Kind of Blue.
01. FOUR (4:41)
02. BYE BYE BLACKBIRD (6:45)
03. WALKIN (6:23)
04. TWO BASS HIT (1:37)
05. WALKIN (6:32)
06. ALL OF YOU (6:40)
07. ROUND MIDNIGHT (5:07)
08. SIDS AHEAD (8:21)
09. BYE BYE BLACKBIRD (6:13)
10. STRAIGHT NO CHASER (3:29)
11. BAGS GROOVE (14:00)
12. ALL OF YOU (5:07)
Total time: 75:02 min.
Personnel on tracks #1-4: Miles Davis (tp), John Coltrane (ts), Bill Evans (p), Paul Chambers (b) and Philly Joe Jones (d). Recorded live at Café Bohemia, New York, on May 17, 1958.
Personnel on tracks #5-7: Miles Davis (tp), John Coltrane (ts), Julian "Cannonball" Adderley (as), Bill Evans (p), Paul Chambers (b) and Jimmy Cobb (d). Recorded live at Spotlight Lounge, Washington D.C., on June 30, 1958.
Personnel on tracks #8-10: Same as #5-7 except Red Garland (p). Recorded live at Spotlight Lounge, Washington D.C., on November 1, 1958.
Personnel on tracks #11-12: Same as #8-10. Recorded live at Birdland, New York, on January 3, 1959.
"The idea I had for this working sextet was to keep what we already had going with Trane, Red, Joe, Paul, and myself and add the blues voice of Cannonball Adderley into this mixture and then to stretch everything out. I felt that Cannonballs blues-rooted alto sax up against Tranes harmonic, chordal way of playing, his more free-form approach, would create a new kind of feeling, a new kind of sound, because Coltranes voice was already going in a new direction. And then I wanted to give that musical mixture more space, using the concepts I had picked up from what Ahmad Jamal did.
I heard my trumpet voice kind of floating over and cutting through all of this mixture, and I felt that if we could do it right, the music would have all the tension up in it."
Miles Davis -The Autobiography