Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings 1963-1964

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings of Miles Davis 1963-1964 is an anomaly among the retrospective sets that have been issued from the late artist's catalog. It does not focus on particular collaborations Miles with Coltrane, Gil Evans, the second quintet, complete sessions of historic albums Bitches Brew, In a Silent Way, and Jack Johnson, or live runs Plugged Nickel and Montreux. Instead, it is a portrait of the artist in flux, in the space between legendary bands, when he was looking for a new mode of expression, trying to find the band that would help him get there. These seven CDs begin after the demise of bands that included John Coltrane, Cannonball ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings of Miles Davis 1963-1964 is an anomaly among the retrospective sets that have been issued from the late artist's catalog. It does not focus on particular collaborations Miles with Coltrane, Gil Evans, the second quintet, complete sessions of historic albums Bitches Brew, In a Silent Way, and Jack Johnson, or live runs Plugged Nickel and Montreux. Instead, it is a portrait of the artist in flux, in the space between legendary bands, when he was looking for a new mode of expression, trying to find the band that would help him get there. These seven CDs begin after the demise of bands that included John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, and Wynton Kelly, after his landmark Gil Evans period, and even after his attempts at creating a new band with everyone from Frank Strozier and Harold Mabern to Sonny Rollins and J.J. Johnson. The transition period depicted on recordings here is the one that would lead directly to the second great quintet, beginning with the addition of bassist Ron Carter and eventually Tony Williams in 1963 on Seven Steps to Heaven. That band also included pianist and composer Victor Feldman, drummer Frank Butler before Williams, and saxophonist George Coleman. The album Seven Steps to Heaven is extended here with two previously unissued alternate takes of the title track and an amazing alternate of "Joshua" that opens the entire box, both of which were written by Feldman and added dimension to Miles' tried and true songbook. The track "Summer Nights" from this session is present here as part of these sessions even though it was originally released as part of Quiet Nights. Herbie Hancock enters the picture in July of 1963, replacing Feldman for the Live in Europe recording. The box includes unreleased performances of "Bye Bye Blackbird" and "The Theme" in addition to the original album. Other unreleased material here includes a fine "Autumn Leaves" from the live dates that resulted in the albums Four & More and My Funny Valentine as well as those recordings in their entirety. These years also contain the Miles in Tokyo performances. These are uneasy yet utterly compelling recordings that star Sam Rivers on tenor as Coleman's replacement. Williams recommended Rivers when Coleman decided the band was becoming too adventurous for his tastes as a soloist. While these cuts don't necessarily work on a symbiotic level in terms of communication, they do help define the terms in which Miles decided how "out" to get with his developing band. By the time Wayne Shorter comes on board for the Miles in Berlin date, the picture is complete and the perfect balance has been found leading to the studio sessions that began in 1965 with the new quintet. All tolled there are seven unreleased musical performances as well as a handful of spoken band introductions to concerts that have never been available before. As is customary for Legacy, the music is all painstakingly remastered. The box itself is an art object, with a hard backing board, bound by a chrome metal frame, and resides in a handsome hard gray slipcase. It contains loads of photos, has obsessively detailed discographical information, and essays by Michael Cuscuna and Bob Blumenthal. In other words, for Davis fans this is another essential addition to the catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969084021
  • Catalog Number: 90840
  • Sales rank: 214,527

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Joshua (5:26)
  2. 2 I Fall in Love Too Easily (6:47)
  3. 3 Baby Won't You Please Come Home (8:27)
  4. 4 So Near, So Far (5:14)
  5. 5 Basin Street Blues (10:28)
  6. 6 Seven Steps to Heaven (5:31)
  7. 7 Seven Steps to Heaven (6:13)
  8. 8 Summer Night (6:01)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Seven Steps to Heaven (6:59)
  2. 2 Seven Steps to Heaven (6:24)
  3. 3 So Near, So Far (6:58)
  4. 4 Joshua (7:00)
  5. 5 Introduction by Andre Francis (0:59)
  6. 6 Autumn Leaves (13:54)
  7. 7 Milestones (9:17)
  8. 8 I Thought About You (11:47)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Joshua (11:36)
  2. 2 All of You (16:54)
  3. 3 Walkin' (16:14)
  4. 4 Bye Bye Blackbird (16:47)
  5. 5 Bye Bye (Theme) (6:06)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Introduction by Mort Fega (2:48)
  2. 2 Autumn Leaves (10:39)
  3. 3 So What (9:11)
  4. 4 Stella by Starlight (12:53)
  5. 5 Walkin' (8:07)
  6. 6 All of You (14:40)
  7. 7 Go-Go (Theme and Announcement) (1:43)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Introduction by Billy Taylor (0:44)
  2. 2 All Blues (8:52)
  3. 3 My Funny Valentine (14:54)
  4. 4 Joshua (9:32)
  5. 5 I Thought About You (11:14)
  6. 6 Four (6:16)
  7. 7 Seven Steps to Heaven (7:44)
  8. 8 There Is No Greater Love (10:02)
  9. 9 Go-Go (Theme and Re-Introduction) (1:44)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Introduction by Teruo Isono (1:10)
  2. 2 If I Were a Bell (10:17)
  3. 3 My Funny Valentine (12:50)
  4. 4 So What (8:05)
  5. 5 Walkin' (9:15)
  6. 6 All of You (11:18)
  7. 7 Go-Go (Theme) (1:20)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Milestones (8:58)
  2. 2 Autumn Leaves (12:38)
  3. 3 So What (10:27)
  4. 4 Stella by Starlight (12:53)
  5. 5 Walkin' (10:39)
  6. 6 Go-Go (Theme) (1:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miles Davis Primary Artist, Trumpet
Frank Butler Drums
Ron Carter Bass, Double Bass
George Coleman Tenor Saxophone
Victor Feldman Piano
Herbie Hancock Piano
Sam Rivers Tenor Saxophone
Wayne Shorter Tenor Saxophone
Tony Williams Drums
Tony Ruption Williams Drums
Technical Credits
Miles Davis Composer
Victor Feldman Composer
Tony Crombie Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Michael Cuscuna Liner Notes
Al Dubin Composer
Mort Fega Introduction
Bennie Green Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Kiyoski Itoh Producer, Audio Production
Isham Jones Composer
Teo Macero Producer, Audio Production
Johnny Mercer Composer
Fred Plaut Engineer
Cole Porter Composer
Jacques Prévert Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Marty Symes Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Mark Wilder Remixing, Mastering
Clarence Williams Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Victor Young Composer
Bob Blumenthal Liner Notes
Giulio Turturro Art Direction
Seth Rothstein Art Direction
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Joseph Kosma Composer
Mort Dixon Composer
Charles Warfield Composer
André Francis Introduction
Terry Isono Introduction
Peter Kszan Packaging Manager
Billy Taylor Introduction
Rick Klauber Drawing
Ruby Wolpert Producer
Richard Carpenter Composer
Ruby Wolpert Audio Production
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