Miles Ahead

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All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
This album is perhaps most significant for the process it set in motion -- the collaboration between Gil Evans and Miles Davis that would produce Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain, two of Davis' best albums. That said, this album is a miracle in itself, the result of a big gamble on the part of Columbia Records, who put together Evans and Davis, who hadn't worked together since recording the critically admired but commercially unsuccessful sides that would later be issued as The Birth of the Cool. Columbia also allowed Evans to assemble a 19-piece band for the recordings, at a time when big bands were far out of fashion and also at a time when the resulting ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
This album is perhaps most significant for the process it set in motion -- the collaboration between Gil Evans and Miles Davis that would produce Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain, two of Davis' best albums. That said, this album is a miracle in itself, the result of a big gamble on the part of Columbia Records, who put together Evans and Davis, who hadn't worked together since recording the critically admired but commercially unsuccessful sides that would later be issued as The Birth of the Cool. Columbia also allowed Evans to assemble a 19-piece band for the recordings, at a time when big bands were far out of fashion and also at a time when the resulting recordings could not be released until two years in the future because of Davis' contractual obligations with Prestige. Davis was also expected to carry the album as its only soloist, and manage not to get lost among a cast of supporting musicians that included a huge horn section. To a large extent, he succeeds. Evans' arrangements in particular are well-suited to the format, and he and Davis formed a deep and close partnership where ideas were swapped back and forth, nurtured, and developed long before they were expressed in the studio. Davis gets off to a great start, with the hyper-kinetic "Springsville," which seems to almost perfectly embody Evans' and Davis' partnership with its light, flexible exchanges between soloist and orchestra. He is strongest on the ballads, though, where his subdued and wistful tone rises high above the hushed accompaniment, especially on "Miles Ahead" and "Blues for Pablo" which foreshadows the bluesy, Latin-tinged sound of Sketches of Spain. The upbeat "I Don't Want to Be Kissed By Anyone but You" is another strong song, but shows the weakness of the format as Davis intersperses a charming, bright, technically challenging solo with a blasting horn section that occasionally buries him. It is a fine end, however, to an album that gave a hint of the greatness that would come as Evans and Davis fine-tuned their partnership over the course of the next several years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2013
  • Label: Sony Uk
  • UPC: 886974919728
  • Catalog Number: 7491972
  • Sales rank: 28,843

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miles Davis Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flageolet, Flugelhorn
Walter Bishop Jr. Piano
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Philly Joe Jones Drums
Wynton Kelly Piano
Lee Konitz Alto Saxophone
John Lewis Piano
Charles Mingus Piano
Max Roach Drums
Sonny Rollins Tenor Saxophone
Horace Silver Piano
Art Taylor Drums
Taft Jordan Trumpet
Frank Rehak Trombone
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Joe Bennett Trombone
Percy Heath Bass
Willie Ruff Horn, French Horn
Danny Bank Bass Clarinet
Billy Barber Tuba
Art Blakey Drums
James Buffington Horn, French Horn
Eddie Caine Clarinet, Flute
Johnny Carisi Trumpet
Paul Chambers Bass
Sid Cooper Bass, Clarinet, Flute
Gil Evans Conductor
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Tony Miranda Horn, French Horn
Thomas Mitchell Trombone, Bass Trombone
Louis Mucci Trumpet
Charlie Parker Tenor Saxophone
Romeo Penque Bass, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe
Tommy Mitchell Bass, Trombone, Bass Trombone
James Jordan Trumpet
Technical Credits
Andre Hodeir Liner Notes
George Avakian Producer, Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Gil Evans Arranger, Director
J.J. Johnson Composer
Cal Lampley Producer
Fred Plaut Engineer
Phil Schaap Producer, Liner Notes
Mark Wilder Mastering
Jack Elliott Composer
Allen Weinberg Art Direction
Tom "Curly" Ruff Engineer
Seth Rothstein Remastering
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Paul M. Martin Art Direction
Harold Chapman Engineer
Harold Spina Composer
André Hodier Liner Notes
David Noakes translation
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    miles ahead of his time

    this is miles with brass at his best,he just makes music you have to listen enjoy at its utmost..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Two Words

    Two words for this album...SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL. This album is truly a masterpiece. The orchestra paints the soultry, very emotional, and smooth type of volume that breathes! Each tune breathes as much as the music takes form as the human being that plays it! Miles Davis is a sculptor...his music comes to life by him! An incredible work of art for the definitive jazz album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A classic from 1957

    This was the third Miles/ Gil collaboration I bought and I love it. It is great how the first couple of tracks flow since they were recorded as a suite. Miles does a great cover of Brubeck's ''the duke''. My favorite track of the album would have to be ''New Rhumba''. I love it how on the track Gil Evans orchestra packs a punch while Miles takes it away.

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