Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Relaxin' features the Miles Davis Quintet in a pair of legendary recording dates -- from May and October of 1956 -- which would generate enough music to produce four separate long-players: Cookin', Relaxin', Workin', and Steamin'. Each of these is considered not only to be among the pinnacle of Davis' work, but of the entire bop subgenre as well. As with the other titles, Relaxin' contains a variety of material which the band had concurrently been performing in their concert appearances. In a brilliant stroke of time conservation, the scheme was hatched for the quintet -- who includes: Davis trumpet, John Coltrane tenor sax, Philly Joe Jones drums, and Red Garland piano ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Relaxin' features the Miles Davis Quintet in a pair of legendary recording dates -- from May and October of 1956 -- which would generate enough music to produce four separate long-players: Cookin', Relaxin', Workin', and Steamin'. Each of these is considered not only to be among the pinnacle of Davis' work, but of the entire bop subgenre as well. As with the other titles, Relaxin' contains a variety of material which the band had concurrently been performing in their concert appearances. In a brilliant stroke of time conservation, the scheme was hatched for the quintet -- who includes: Davis trumpet, John Coltrane tenor sax, Philly Joe Jones drums, and Red Garland piano -- to perform the equivalent of their live repertoire in the studio for eventual release. The results are consistently superior both in terms of song selection as well as performance. The solid nature of the unit as a singular musical force is immediately apparent. "If I Were a Bell" -- from the play Guys and Dolls -- includes some remarkable soloing via Coltrane and Garland. Davis' solos are additionally impressive, as they're derived from the same four-note motive as the melody. Hearing the many variations that he comes up with throughout the song conveys how intrigued Davis must have been by the tune, as it stayed in his performance repertoire for decades. Tracks such as "You're My Everything" and "Oleo" highlight the synchronic nature of Davis and Coltrane as they carry each other's melodies while trading off solos. The steady syncopation of Philly Joe Jones keeps the rhythms tight and the delicate interplay all the more conspicuous. Relaxin' offers something for every degree of jazz enthusiast. Likewise, the quintet's recordings provide a tremendous introduction for the curious jazz consumer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/21/2006
  • Label: Prestige
  • UPC: 025218810425
  • Catalog Number: 8104
  • Sales rank: 21,899

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 If I Were a Bell - Miles Davis (8:14)
  2. 2 You're My Everything - Miles Davis (5:18)
  3. 3 I Could Write a Book - Miles Davis (5:09)
  4. 4 Oleo - Miles Davis (5:53)
  5. 5 It Could Happen to You - Miles Davis (6:36)
  6. 6 Woody 'N You - Miles Davis (4:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miles Davis Quintet Primary Artist, Track Performer
Miles Davis Indexed Contributor, Trumpet, Track Performer, Group Member
Red Garland Piano, Group Member
Philly Joe Jones Drums, Group Member
Paul Chambers Bass
John Coltrane Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Technical Credits
Esmond Edwards Cover Design
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer, Author, Remastering
Ira Gitler Liner Notes, Original Liner Notes
Bob Weinstock Producer
Alan Yoshida Mastering
Joe Tarantino Mastering
Don Gold Liner Notes
Stuart Kremsky Reissue Production Assistance
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