This CD edition presents the complete album "Someday My Prince Will Come," which was the only studio LP made by the formation of the Miles Davis Quintet featuring Hank Mobley on tenor sax (the two other official sets by this quintet would be live recordings). It also marks the last recorded encounter of Miles with John Coltrane, who joins Mobley on the title tune and is the only tenor heard on Teo. To the six original tracks on the original LP, two selection have benn added from the same session, as well as live version of two of the albums tunes recorded live by the same group at the Blackhawk, in San Francisco.
01. Someday My Prince Will Come 9:05
02. Old Folks 5:17
03. Pfrancing [A.k.a. No Blues] 8:33
04. Drad Dog 4:51
05. Teo [A.k.a. Neo] 9:35
06. I Thought About You 4:55
07. Blues No.2 7:08*
08. Someday My Prince Will Come
[Alternate Take] 5:36*
09. I Thought About You [Live] 5:29*
10. Someday My Prince Will Come [Live] 9:35*
Total time: 70:07 min.
Tracks #1-6, from the 12" album
"Someday My Prince Will Come"
(Columbia CS 8456)
(*) Bonus tracks not on the original album
Miles Davis (tp), Hank Mobley (ts, on #1-4 & 6-8), John Coltrane (ts, on #1 & 5 only), Wynton Kelly (p), Paul Chambers (b), Jimmy Cobb (d, on #1-6 & 8), Philly Joe Jones (d, only on #7).
All tracks recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York, on March 7, 1961 [3-4], March 20, 1961 [1-2 & 8] and March 21, 1961 [5-7]
Live bonus tracks #9 & 10:
Miles Davis (tp), Hank Mobley (ts), Wynton Kelly (p), Paul Chambers (b), and Jimmy Cobb (d).
Live at the Blackhawk, SF, April 22, 1961
Original studio sessions produced by Teo Macero
Cover photography by Bob Cato
Recorded by Frank Laico & Fred Plaut
"This is jazz history - Enjoy it - again."
Nigel Jarrett -Jazz Journal
"After both John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley left Miles Davis' quintet, he was caught in the web of seeking suitable replacements. It was a period of trial and error for him that nonetheless yielded some legendary recordings (Sketches of Spain, for one). One of those is Someday My Prince Will Come. The lineup is Davis, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and alternating drummers Jimmy Cobb and Philly Jo Jones. The saxophonist was Hank Mobley on all but two tracks. John Coltrane returns for the title track and "Teo." The set opens with the title, a lilting waltz that nonetheless gets an original treatment here, despite having been recorded by Dave Brubeck. Kelly is in keen form, playing a bit sprightlier than the tempo would allow, and slips flourishes in the high register inside the melody for an "elfin" feel.
Davis waxes light and lyrical with his Harmon mute, playing glissando throughout. Mobley plays a strictly journeyman solo, and then Coltrane blows the pack away with a solo so deep inside the harmony it sounds like it's coming from somewhere else. Mobley's real moment on the album is on the next track, "Old Folks," when he doesn't have Coltrane breathing down his neck. Mobley's soul-stationed lyricism is well-suited to his soloing here, and is for the rest of the album except, of course, on "Teo," where Coltrane takes him out again. The closer on the set, "Blues No. 2," is a vamp on "All Blues," from Kind of Blue, and features Kelly and Chambers playing counterpoint around an eight bar figure then transposing it to 12. Jones collapses the beat, strides it out, and then erects it again for the solos of Davis and Mobley. This is relaxed session; there are no burning tracks here, but there is much in the way of precision playing and a fine exposition of Miles' expansive lyricism."
Thom Jurek -All Music Guide