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Blue Miles
     

Blue Miles

by Miles Davis
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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 flügelhorn. 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972412627
catalogNumber:
724126
Rank:
22445

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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
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

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