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Essential Albums: Cookin'/Relaxin'/Workin'/Steamin'
     

Essential Albums: Cookin'/Relaxin'/Workin'/Steamin'

by Miles Davis Quintet
 
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

Overview

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. 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/08/2011
Label:
Fantasy
UPC:
0888072332041
catalogNumber:
33204
Rank:
58228

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Performance Credits

Miles Davis Quintet   Primary Artist
Miles Davis   Trumpet,Group Member
Red Garland   Piano,Group Member
Philly Joe Jones   Drums,Group Member
Paul Chambers   Bass,Group Member
John Coltrane   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member

Technical Credits

Dave Brubeck   Composer
Miles Davis   Composer
Red Garland   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Ahmad Jamal   Composer
Sonny Rollins   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
John Coltrane   Composer
Esmond Edwards   Cover Design
Sammy Fain   Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Ira Gitler   Liner Notes,Original Liner Notes
Joe Goldberg   Liner Notes,Original Liner Notes
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Herbert Magidson   Composer
Jack Maher   Original Liner Notes
Thelonious Monk   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Reid Miles   Cover Design
Stuart Kremsky   Reissue Production Assistance

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