Milestones

Milestones

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by Miles Davis
     
 

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The recorded debut, and sole studio recording, of the Miles Davis Dream Team -- with alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley added to the in-place quintet of John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones -- done a year before KIND OF BLUE. The set is balanced between the up- and medium-tempo tautness of "Dr. Jekyll,"

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The recorded debut, and sole studio recording, of the Miles Davis Dream Team -- with alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley added to the in-place quintet of John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones -- done a year before KIND OF BLUE. The set is balanced between the up- and medium-tempo tautness of "Dr. Jekyll," "Two Bass Hit," "Straight, No Chaser," and "Milestones" -- the three horn players riding Jones's rhythmic pulse like bronco busters -- and the one leisurely ballad ("Sid's Ahead," which stretches to a full 13 minutes) that foreshadows the long, slow modal explorations just down the road. Throughout, Davis plays some of his greatest trumpet solos, slices of perfection nestled between the earthy Adderley and the already ethereal Coltrane. This album is a model of its times -- a happy marriage between the gritty soulfulness of hard bop and the romantic lilt of cool jazz. Only a rhythm section prance through "Billy Boy" breaks the mood.

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
What is immedately noticeable upon listening to Miles Davis' classic first -- and only -- album with his original sextet is how deep the blues presence is on it. Though it's true that the album's title cut is rightfully credited with introducing modalism into jazz, and defining Davis' music for years to come, it is the sole selection of its kind on the record. The rest is all blues in any flavor you wish you call your own. For starters, there's the steaming bebop blues of "Dr. Jackie," recorded in 1955 for a Prestige session with Jackie McLean. Davis is still in his role as a trumpet master, showing a muscularity of tone that reveals something more akin to Roy Eldridge or Louis Armstrong than Dizzy or Fats Navarro. The tempo is furious, as all the members of the sextet solo except for Jones. The saxophonists trade choruses and come off sounding like mirrored images of one another in the slower, post-bop blues that is "Sid's Ahead," which is followed by "Two Bass Hit," written by Dizzy and John Lewis. It's an off-kilter blues with a wide middle section, no doubt for Lewis' piano to fill. But then comes "Milestones" with its modal round and interval, where harmony is constructed from the center up. It is a memorable tune for not only its structure and how it would inform not only Davis' own music, but jazz in general for the next seven years. The album's closer is Monk's "Straight, No Chaser," which became a signature tune for the sextet even when Garland and Jones left to be replaced by Bill Evans and Jimmy Cobb, and later Evans by Wynton Kelly.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/06/2013
Label:
Sony Uk
UPC:
0886974919827
catalogNumber:
7491982
Rank:
8459

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Performance Credits

Miles Davis   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Cannonball Adderley   Alto Saxophone
Red Garland   Piano
Philly Joe Jones   Drums,Double Sax
Paul Chambers   Bass
John Coltrane   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Bob Belden   Reissue Producer
George Avakian   Producer
Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Tim Geelan   Remixing
Teo Macero   Producer,Remixing
Bob Blumenthal   Liner Notes
Charles Edward Smith   Liner Notes
Harold Chapman   Engineer
Randall Martin   Reissue Design
Dennis Stock   Cover Photo

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