Take Off: The Complete Blue Note Albums

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The 2014 double-disc anthology Take Off: The Complete Blue Note Albums compiles tracks jazz trumpeter Miles Davis recorded for Blue Note Records during the '50s. These are recordings made after Davis left Prestige, but not including the 1949-1950 sessions later released as the classic 1957 album Birth of the Cool. Here, instead, we get recordings that were initially released as 10" LPs titled Young Man with a Horn, Miles Davis, Vol. 2, and Miles Davis, Vol. 3. Also included are all of the alternate takes that accompanied the original releases. Backing Davis on these sessions is a veritable who's who of future jazz hall of famers, including drummer Art Blakey, pianist Horace...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The 2014 double-disc anthology Take Off: The Complete Blue Note Albums compiles tracks jazz trumpeter Miles Davis recorded for Blue Note Records during the '50s. These are recordings made after Davis left Prestige, but not including the 1949-1950 sessions later released as the classic 1957 album Birth of the Cool. Here, instead, we get recordings that were initially released as 10" LPs titled Young Man with a Horn, Miles Davis, Vol. 2, and Miles Davis, Vol. 3. Also included are all of the alternate takes that accompanied the original releases. Backing Davis on these sessions is a veritable who's who of future jazz hall of famers, including drummer Art Blakey, pianist Horace Silver, saxophonist Jackie McLean, and others. These recordings were made during a comparatively fallow period in Davis' career, just as he was emerging from his initial bout with heroin addiction. Here, cuts like the sanguine "Yesterdays" and the poignant "It Never Entered My Mind" reveal a darker, if no less melodic, version of the trumpeter who had previously paid his dues, chasing the shadow of Dizzy Gillespie in Charlie Parker's quintet. In fact, Davis tackles several Gillespie-associated compositions here, including "Woody 'N You" and "Ray's Idea," delivering them in his own understated, if no less bravura, style. This is the beginning of Davis the minimalist, eschewing flowery asides for straightforward, unadorned melodic line readings and improvisations played in a vibrato-free eighth-note style. In that sense, these cuts prefigure the more aggressive hard bop and harmonically challenging post-bop of the '60s; styles that Davis later helped to innovate with his "first great quintet." Ultimately, the tracks on Take Off: The Complete Blue Note Albums point the way toward Davis' landmark Columbia albums that transformed him from one of the best jazz trumpeters on the N.Y.C. scene into an international superstar.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/2014
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 602537794492
  • Catalog Number: 002052802
  • Sales rank: 57,974

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dear Old Stockholm - Miles Davis Sextet (4:13)
  2. 2 Chance It - Miles Davis Sextet (3:04)
  3. 3 Yesterdays - Miles Davis Sextet (3:45)
  4. 4 Donna - Miles Davis Sextet (3:14)
  5. 5 Woody 'N You - Miles Davis Sextet (3:25)
  6. 6 How Deep is the Ocean - Miles Davis Sextet (4:41)
  7. 7 Kelo - Miles Davis Sextet (3:18)
  8. 8 Enigma - Miles Davis Sextet (3:23)
  9. 9 Ray's Idea - Miles Davis Sextet (3:45)
  10. 10 Tempus Fugit - Miles Davis Sextet (3:50)
  11. 11 C.T.A. - Miles Davis Sextet (3:33)
  12. 12 I Waited For You - Miles Davis Sextet (3:28)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Take Off - Miles Davis Quartet (3:41)
  2. 2 Lazy Susan - Miles Davis Quartet (4:03)
  3. 3 The Leap - Miles Davis Quartet (4:32)
  4. 4 Well, You Needn't - Miles Davis Quartet (5:24)
  5. 5 Weirdo - Miles Davis Quartet (4:44)
  6. 6 It Never Entered My Mind - Miles Davis Quartet (4:04)
  7. 7 Chance It - Miles Davis Sextet (2:55)
  8. 8 Donna - Miles Davis Sextet (3:11)
  9. 9 Woody 'N You - Miles Davis Sextet (3:24)
  10. 10 Kelo - Miles Davis Sextet (3:29)
  11. 11 Enigma - Miles Davis Sextet (3:34)
  12. 12 Ray's Idea - Miles Davis Sextet (3:51)
  13. 13 Tempus Fugit - Miles Davis Sextet (3:58)
  14. 14 C.T.A. - Miles Davis Sextet (3:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miles Davis Primary Artist, Trumpet
Jimmy Heath Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Pettiford Bass
Horace Silver Piano
Percy Heath Bass
Art Blakey Drums
Kenny Clarke Drums
Gil Coggins Piano
J.J. Johnson Trombone
Jackie McLean Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Miles Davis Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Jimmy Heath Composer
Oscar Pettiford Composer
Bud Powell Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Ray Brown Composer
Walter Fuller Composer
Otto Harbach Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Doug Hawkins Engineer
J.J. Johnson Composer
Alfred Lion Producer
Jackie McLean Composer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Kevin Reeves Mastering
Vince Wilburn Jr. Executive Producer
Kirk Silsbee Liner Notes
Xilonen Oreshnick Photo Coordination
Traditional Composer
Michele Horie Producer
Cheryl Davis Executive Producer
Erin Davis Executive Producer
Ron Rambach Jacket Editor
Armand Lewis Jacket Editor
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