Blue Miles

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Barnes & Noble - Ted Panken
Blue Miles cherrypicks eight of Miles Davis's most effective evocations of blueness via open horn or Harmon mute; it doesn't really matter that several of the selections have nothing to do with the blues as such. Davis could break your heart with his tone, full of minute gradations of timbre and inflection, and over the 50 minutes of this collection you get the gamut of emotion -- he tears wistfully into the heart of Thelonious Monk's iconic torch song "Round Midnight" (1956), jumps from depression to optimism on Gil Evans's kaleidoscopic composition "Blues for Pablo" (1957), evokes funereal desolation over Evans' shimmering orchestration on "The Pan Piper" (1960), limns ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ted Panken
Blue Miles cherrypicks eight of Miles Davis's most effective evocations of blueness via open horn or Harmon mute; it doesn't really matter that several of the selections have nothing to do with the blues as such. Davis could break your heart with his tone, full of minute gradations of timbre and inflection, and over the 50 minutes of this collection you get the gamut of emotion -- he tears wistfully into the heart of Thelonious Monk's iconic torch song "Round Midnight" (1956), jumps from depression to optimism on Gil Evans's kaleidoscopic composition "Blues for Pablo" (1957), evokes funereal desolation over Evans' shimmering orchestration on "The Pan Piper" (1960), limns the fluid tonalities of Bill Evans's "Blue in Green" (1959), picks his way through the lonely landscape of "Drad Dog" (1961), pays homage to Louis Armstrong on "Basin Street Blues" (1962), states delicate/tensile moods on "Circle" (1967), and posits resolutions to the harmonic conundrums of Wayne Shorter on "Sweet Pea" (1967). Intelligently selected and paced, Blue Miles presents the Prince of Darkness at his most transparent.
All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Sure, the serious jazz collector will have no particular need to pay this release any mind. It has eight 1956-1967 Davis ballads, encompassing "'Round Midnight," orchestrated pieces with Gil Evans, and tracks with stellar sidemen like John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, and Herbie Hancock. The selections are ones that highlight Davis' more sultry and melancholy horn tones, played on the trumpet with the exception of "Blues for Pablo" on which he plays fl├╝gelhorn. What this probably does have its value for -- and it's a reasonable value -- is as a token Davis collection for moderate jazz and/or Davis fans or as a gift for someone who likes quality mellow jazz but never really bothers to buy it. Toward that end, it's a fair bet that more than one guy will be giving this to a girlfriend to get her in the mood, so to speak. It's good music whether used as make-out ambience or not, just not something that fits snugly into the usual "recommended listening" or "picks" sections of discographies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972412627
  • Catalog Number: 724126
  • Sales rank: 148,177

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 'Round Midnight (5:57)
  2. 2 Blues for Pablo (5:22)
  3. 3 Blue in Green (5:35)
  4. 4 The Pan Piper (3:54)
  5. 5 Drad Dog (4:51)
  6. 6 Basin Street Blues (10:30)
  7. 7 Circle (5:50)
  8. 8 Sweet Pea (7:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miles Davis Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Ron Carter Bass
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Johnny Coles Trumpet
Victor Feldman Piano
Red Garland Piano
Herbie Hancock Piano
Elvin Jones Percussion
Philly Joe Jones Drums
Wynton Kelly Piano
Lee Konitz Alto Saxophone
Hank Mobley Tenor Saxophone
Wayne Shorter Tenor Saxophone
Art Taylor Drums
Taft Jordan Trumpet
Frank Rehak Trombone
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Joe Bennett Trombone
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Willie Ruff French Horn
Danny Bank Bass Clarinet
Billy Barber Tuba
James Buffington French Horn
Johnny Carisi Trumpet
John Coltrane Tenor Saxophone
Sid Cooper Clarinet, Flute
Gil Evans Conductor
Harold Feldman Flute
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Jack Knitzer Bassoon
Jose Mangual Percussion
Louis Mucci Trumpet
Romeo Penque Clarinet, Flute, Bass Clarinet, Oboe
Dick Hixon Trombone
Joe Singer French Horn
Al Block Flute
Tommy Mitchell Bass
Technical Credits
Bill Evans Composer
George Avakian Producer
Gil Evans Arranger
Frank Laico Engineer
Teo Macero Producer
Fred Plaut Engineer
Irving Townsend Producer
Seth Rothstein Producer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Harold Chapman Engineer
Seth Foster Mastering
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