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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Miles Davis' entry into the Sony Legacy Edition series features his Columbia Records debut and the first offering from his quintet with John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones. The label already issued the album in a definitive presentation with four additional tracks taken from the sessions onboard. Musically, the sound on 'Round About Midnight is as unusual and beautiful as it was when it was issued in 1956. Davis, having already spearheaded two changes in jazz -- with cool jazz and hard bop -- was beginning to move in another direction here that wouldn't be defined for another two years. The title track showcasing his muted trumpet premiered at the...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Miles Davis' entry into the Sony Legacy Edition series features his Columbia Records debut and the first offering from his quintet with John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones. The label already issued the album in a definitive presentation with four additional tracks taken from the sessions onboard. Musically, the sound on 'Round About Midnight is as unusual and beautiful as it was when it was issued in 1956. Davis, having already spearheaded two changes in jazz -- with cool jazz and hard bop -- was beginning to move in another direction here that wouldn't be defined for another two years. The title track showcasing his muted trumpet premiered at the Newport Jazz Festival the previous summer in a sextet with Thelonious Monk on piano to a thunderous reception, and the studio offering is stunning as well. Charlie Parker's "Au Leu-Cha" is edgy, with deep blues leaping from every chord. Coltrane's solo is notable for its stark contrast to Davis' own: Coltrane chooses an angular tack where he finds the heart of the mode and plays in harmonic counterpoint to the changes but never sounds outside. Cole Porter's "All of You" has Davis quoting from Louis Armstrong's "Basin Street Blues" in his solo. On "Bye-Bye Blackbird" we get to hear the band gel as a unit, beginning with Davis playing through the head, muted and sweet, slightly flatted out until he reaches the chorus and begins his solo on a high note. Garland slips shapes into those interval cracks and shifts them as the rhythm section keeps "soft time." Of the bonus material, the gem is Jackie McLean's "Little Melonae" -- Davis and company recorded before the composer could. The band comes out blazing on this set, but it's Coltrane who's the surprise in his quoting various Dizzy Gillespie solos. For those who had already purchased the album, it may be disconcerting to need to buy it again in order to procure the 33 minutes of live material on disc two. Track one is that legendary Newport sextet performance of "'Round Midnight" with Monk on piano, Zoot Sims and Gerry Mulligan on tenor and baritone respectively, and a rhythm section of Percy Heath and Connie Kay. The rest is the first recorded gig of the quintet from the Pacific Jazz Festival in February of 1956. This stuff has never been commercially issued before. The short set included here contains the entire concert; the band was on a program schedule with many others. The tunes come largely from the bebop book -- "Salt Peanuts," "Woody 'N You," "Walkin'," -- and showcases Coltrane and Jones blowing hard and physical. It's in Davis' own playing and that of Garland where the scant traces of the new sound can be heard. Ultimately, despite the spoken introduction by Gene Norman who introduces Coltrane as "Johnny" and a minute-long exchange with Davis, the music is heated if a bit raw, while the acumen is high and the overall sound is good. What the gig reveals is the literal roots of what was to come. And while it would be great to get the second disc on its own, purchasing the album again with its stellar packaging is a small price to pay.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969475027
  • Catalog Number: 94750
  • Sales rank: 84,830

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 'Round Midnight (5:58)
  2. 2 Ah-Leu-Cha (5:53)
  3. 3 All of You (7:03)
  4. 4 Bye Bye Blackbird (7:57)
  5. 5 Tadd's Delight (4:29)
  6. 6 Dear Old Stockholm (7:52)
  7. 7 Two Bass Hit (3:44)
  8. 8 Little Melonae (7:22)
  9. 9 Budo (4:17)
  10. 10 Sweet Sue, Just You (3:40)
Disc 2
  1. 1 'Round Midnight (6:00)
  2. 2 Introduction (1:35)
  3. 3 Chance It (AKA Max Is Making Wax) (4:33)
  4. 4 Walkin' (10:02)
  5. 5 Gene Norman & Miles Davis (0:27)
  6. 6 It Never Entered My Mind (5:17)
  7. 7 Woody 'N You (5:45)
  8. 8 Salt Peanuts (4:33)
  9. 9 The Theme (0:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miles Davis Quintet Primary Artist
Miles Davis Trumpet, Indexed Contributor
Red Garland Piano
Philly Joe Jones Drums
Gerry Mulligan Baritone Saxophone
Connie Kay Drums
Percy Heath Bass
Paul Chambers Bass
John Coltrane Tenor Saxophone
Thelonious Monk Piano
Zoot Sims Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Bob Belden Producer
Tadd Dameron Composer
Miles Davis Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
John Lewis Composer
Bud Powell Composer
Cootie Williams Composer
Neil Norman Executive Producer
Richard Rodgers Composer
George Avakian Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Michael Cuscuna Producer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Frank Laico Engineer
Jackie McLean Composer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Gene Norman Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Charlie Parker Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Victor Young Composer
Bernie Hanighen Composer
Bob Blumenthal Liner Notes
Randall Martin Reissue Design
Traditional Composer
J. McLean Composer
Marvin Koner Cover Photo
Triana DOrazio Packaging Manager
Tom Choi Packaging Manager
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Miles' debut on Columbia

    This recording features Miles' great group from the mid-fifties that included Coltrane, Philly Joe Jones, etc. It consolidates their achievements up to that point with concise, soulful versions of jazz and pop standards. The remastered sound is excellent (typical for the Sony/Legacy series). The Legacy Edition includes a second disc of live recordings that is very nice to have (only the title track is repeated from disc one). In recent weeks, "'Round About Midnight" has become my default selection when I can't decide what to listen to; great music.

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