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Miles Davis never eclipsed Louis Armstrong as the greatest trumpeter. His playing didn't parade the greatest range or technique, or the most powerful tone. And he never matched Duke Ellington as jazz's greatest bandleader. He didn't create sustained brilliance, in five decades, with a stable organization that produced an unbroken string of popular hits. But Davis never set out to be the greatest virtuoso or to master the greatest orchestra. He was music's (not jazz's) most relentless, yet restless, genius: He drew from and in turn created music in ever wider circles and diverse idioms, while his trumpet sound got ever more intimate. By the time of his death he deserved to be considered, alongside Armstrong, the ...
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Miles Davis never eclipsed Louis Armstrong as the greatest trumpeter. His playing didn't parade the greatest range or technique, or the most powerful tone. And he never matched Duke Ellington as jazz's greatest bandleader. He didn't create sustained brilliance, in five decades, with a stable organization that produced an unbroken string of popular hits. But Davis never set out to be the greatest virtuoso or to master the greatest orchestra. He was music's (not jazz's) most relentless, yet restless, genius: He drew from and in turn created music in ever wider circles and diverse idioms, while his trumpet sound got ever more intimate. By the time of his death he deserved to be considered, alongside Armstrong, the most important trumpeter -- and, beside Ellington, the most influential bandleader. His epitaph should be his dictum, "I have to change. It's a curse."
All Music Guide - Steve Huey
In conjunction with the release of Ken Burns' ten-part, 19-hour epic PBS documentary Jazz, Columbia issued 22 single-disc compilations devoted to jazz's most significant artists, as well as a five-disc historical summary. Since the individual compilations attempt to present balanced overviews of each artist's career, tracks from multiple labels have thankfully been licensed where appropriate. Miles Davis is one of the most difficult jazz artists to anthologize well, especially within the confines of a single disc. Though merely finding a way to give equal time to the many phases of Davis' career is nearly impossible, this volume of the Ken Burns Jazz series tries mightily and more or less succeeds. The compilation follows the trumpeter's winding path through bop, proto-cool jazz, orchestral jazz, modal jazz the legendary Kind of Blue period, hard bop his hugely influential quintet of the '60s, and electric jazz fusion. Needless to say, the single-disc format doesn't allow for much time spent on any of these periods, and thus doesn't make for a very cohesive listen. Still, Ken Burns Jazz is surprisingly effective given what it's trying to accomplish, and provides a strong idea of the tremendous variety in Davis' oeuvre. Since the Davis volume of the series hops around so much, it's finally more of a jumping-off point than self-contained listening experience. The compilation allows neophytes to get their feet wet, sample small bites of Davis' many stylistic changes, and then purchase the individual works from the periods that most interest them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972667829
  • Catalog Number: 726678
  • Sales rank: 98,659

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Donna Lee - Charlie Parker (2:35)
  2. 2 Boplicity - Miles Davis Nonet (3:01)
  3. 3 Walkin' (13:27)
  4. 4 Générique (2:49)
  5. 5 I Wants to Stay Here (I Loves Your Porgy) (3:41)
  6. 6 So What - Miles Davis Sextet (9:24)
  7. 7 My Funny Valentine (15:09)
  8. 8 Gingerbread Boy (7:46)
  9. 9 Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (14:04)
  10. 10 Tutu (5:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miles Davis Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Cannonball Adderley Alto Saxophone
Ron Carter Bass
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
George Coleman Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Coles Trumpet
Jack DeJohnette Drums
Bill Evans Piano
Herbie Hancock Piano
Dave Holland Electric Bass
Lee Konitz Alto Saxophone
John Lewis Piano
Bennie Maupin Bass Clarinet
John McLaughlin Guitar
Pierre Michelot Bass
Gerry Mulligan Baritone Saxophone
Bud Powell Piano
Jerome Richardson Clarinet, Flute, Alto Flute
Max Roach Drums
Wayne Shorter Soprano Saxophone
Horace Silver Piano
Lucky Thompson Tenor Saxophone
Julius Watkins French Horn
Barney Wilen Tenor Saxophone
Tony Williams Drums
Tommy Potter Bass
Frank Rehak Trombone
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Lenny White Percussion
Joe Bennett Trombone, Trombone
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Percy Heath Bass
Don Alias Drums
Willie Ruff French Horn
Joe Zawinul Electric Piano
Danny Bank Flute, Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute
Billy Barber Tuba
Nelson Boyd Bass
Harvey Brooks Electric Bass
Paul Chambers Bass
Kenny Clarke Drums
John Coltrane Tenor Saxophone
Chick Corea Electric Piano
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Gil Evans Conductor
Bernie Glow Trumpet
J.J. Johnson Trombone
Marcus Miller Electric Bass, Keyboards, Musician
Louis Mucci Trumpet
Charlie Parker Alto Saxophone
Romeo Penque Clarinet, Flute, Alto Flute
Jumma Santos Conga
Gunther Schuller French Horn
Sandy Siegelstein French Horn
René Urtreger Piano
Dick Hixon Bass Trombone
Bernie Maupin Bass Clarinet
René Urteger Piano
Billy Ray Barber Tuba
John G. Lewis Piano
Technical Credits
Bob Belden Discographical Information
Miles Davis Composer
Ken Burns Executive Producer
Michael Cuscuna Discographical Information
Didier C. Deutsch Discographical Information
Gil Evans Arranger, Composer
Charlie Parker Composer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Francis Davis Liner Notes
Don Hunstein Cover Photo
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Ron Goldstein Executive Producer
Hollis King Art Direction
Ben Young Discographical Information
Carlos Kase Discographical Information
Seth Foster Mastering
John Christiana Packaging Manager
Lauren Atlas Packaging Manager
Adam Owett Art Direction
Clare Walker Packaging Manager
Cleo Henry Composer
Richard Carpenter Composer
Jeff Jones Executive Producer
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