Seven Steps to Heaven

Seven Steps to Heaven

by Miles Davis
     
 

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Seven Steps to Heaven finds Miles Davis standing yet again on the fault line between stylistic epochs. In early 1963, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb left to form their own trio, and Davis was forced to form a new band, which included

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Seven Steps to Heaven finds Miles Davis standing yet again on the fault line between stylistic epochs. In early 1963, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb left to form their own trio, and Davis was forced to form a new band, which included Memphis tenor player George Coleman and bassist Ron Carter. When Davis next entered the studio in Hollywood, he added local drummer Frank Butler and British studio ace Victor Feldman, who ultimately decided not to go on the road with Davis. It's easy to see why Davis liked Feldman, who contributed the dancing title tune and "Joshua" to the session. On three mellifluous standards -- particularly a cerebral "Basin Street Blues" and a broken-hearted "I Fall in Love Too Easily" -- the pianist plays with an elegant, refined touch, and the kind of rarefied voicings that suggest Ahmad Jamal. Davis responds with some of his most introspective, romantic ballad playing. When Davis returned to New York he finally succeeded in spiriting away a brilliantly gifted 17-year-old drummer from Jackie McLean: Tony Williams. On the title tune you can already hear the difference, as his crisp, driving cymbal beat and jittery, aggressive syncopations propel Davis into the upper reaches of his horn. On "So Near, So Far" the drummer combines with Carter and new pianist Herbie Hancock to expand on a light Afro-Cuban beat with a series of telepathic changes in tempo, texture, and dynamics. Meanwhile, Feldman's "Joshua" (with its overtones of "So What" and "All Blues") portends the kind of expressive variations on the basic 4/4 pulse that would become the band's trademark, as Davis and Coleman ascend into bebop heaven.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/15/2005
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969359228
catalogNumber:
93592

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miles Davis   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Frank Butler   Drums
George Coleman   Tenor Saxophone
Victor Feldman   Piano
Herbie Hancock   Piano
Tony Williams   Drums

Technical Credits

Bob Belden   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Miles Davis   Composer
Leonard Feather   Liner Notes
Victor Feldman   Composer
Tony Crombie   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Dubin   Composer
Bennie Green   Composer
Benny Green   Composer
Teo Macero   Producer,Audio Production
Fred Plaut   Engineer
Jule Styne   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Mark Wilder   Remixing
Clarence Williams   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Randall Martin   Reissue Design
Charles Warfield   Composer
Tom Choi   Packaging Manager

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