Miles Davis, Vol. 2

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Like Miles Davis, Vol. 1, this set features arrangements in the order that they were recorded. Vol. 2 contains the second Blue Note session, while Vol. 1 focused on the first and third. This 1953 date was the most inspired, overtly beboppish of Davis' three Blue Note sessions -- an ambitious showcase for modern jazz's greatest composers J.J. Johnson, Ray Brown, Bud Powell, Jimmy Heath, Walter Fuller, and Dizzy Gillespie, and a remarkable rhythm section drummer Art Blakey, bassist Percy Heath, and the obscure pianist Gil Coggins. A dynamic front line of Davis, trombonist J.J. Johnson, and the bassist's brother Jimmy Heath on tenor saxophone, gives each tune big-band weight and texture. J.J. Johnson's lilting "Kelo" and...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Like Miles Davis, Vol. 1, this set features arrangements in the order that they were recorded. Vol. 2 contains the second Blue Note session, while Vol. 1 focused on the first and third. This 1953 date was the most inspired, overtly beboppish of Davis' three Blue Note sessions -- an ambitious showcase for modern jazz's greatest composers J.J. Johnson, Ray Brown, Bud Powell, Jimmy Heath, Walter Fuller, and Dizzy Gillespie, and a remarkable rhythm section drummer Art Blakey, bassist Percy Heath, and the obscure pianist Gil Coggins. A dynamic front line of Davis, trombonist J.J. Johnson, and the bassist's brother Jimmy Heath on tenor saxophone, gives each tune big-band weight and texture. J.J. Johnson's lilting "Kelo" and tragic "Enigma" proceed from the orchestral tradition of Birth of the Cool, and his taut, velvety, tenor trombone counterpoint contrasts nicely with Davis' burnished mid-range and brassy cry. Tenor man Jimmy Heath seems to take the Basie and Gillespie big bands as the jumping-off point for his jazz classic "C.T.A.," and ends his own solo with an affectionate nod to Lester Young. Davis' ballad turn on "I Waited for You" is one of his most alluring performances, while his effortless swing on "C.T.A." and "Ray's Idea" sums up his innovations in blues phrasing. But his solo and arrangement on "Tempus Fugit" are simply transcendent. This Bud Powell anthem for modernists generates a challenging set of symphonic variations, driven along by the emotional intensity of Art Blakey. The joy with which Davis and Blakey morph between swing and Afro-Cuban rhythms, blues, and bop phrasing, is what jazz is all about.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2001
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724353261122
  • Catalog Number: 32611
  • Sales rank: 239,796

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Kelo (3:18)
  2. 2 Enigma (3:22)
  3. 3 Ray's Idea (3:43)
  4. 4 Tempus Fugit (3:49)
  5. 5 C.T.A. (3:32)
  6. 6 I Waited for You (3:29)
  7. 7 Kelo (3:26)
  8. 8 Enigma (3:25)
  9. 9 Ray's Idea (3:50)
  10. 10 Tempus Fugit (3:57)
  11. 11 C.T.A. (3:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miles Davis Primary Artist, Trumpet
Jimmy Heath Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Pettiford Bass
Horace Silver Piano
Percy Heath Bass
Art Blakey Drums
Kenny Clarke Drums
Gil Coggins Piano
J.J. Johnson Trombone
J. Alan Johnson Trombone
Jackie McLean Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Leonard Feather Liner Notes
Gil Fuller Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Jimmy Heath Composer
Bud Powell Composer
Ray Brown Composer
Michael Cuscuna Producer, Reissue Producer
Walter Fuller Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Remastering
Doug Hawkins Engineer
J.J. Johnson Composer
Alfred Lion Producer
Bob Blumenthal Liner Notes
Reid Miles Cover Design
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