The Classic Prestige Sessions 1951-1956

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The Classic Prestige Sessions 1951-1956 collects all of the sides recorded by trumpeter Miles Davis and tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins for Prestige during their time together as young players in New York City. Both musicians were just past their formative years during this period, having broken free from the heavy sway of their bop elders -- especially alto saxophonist Charlie Parker, who appears here in several classic cuts originally released on Collector's Items. Both Davis and Rollins were expanding the bop mold and beginning to discover their own sound. Davis had already made his mark with the innovative West Coast jazz masterpiece Birth of the Cool and was further ...
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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The Classic Prestige Sessions 1951-1956 collects all of the sides recorded by trumpeter Miles Davis and tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins for Prestige during their time together as young players in New York City. Both musicians were just past their formative years during this period, having broken free from the heavy sway of their bop elders -- especially alto saxophonist Charlie Parker, who appears here in several classic cuts originally released on Collector's Items. Both Davis and Rollins were expanding the bop mold and beginning to discover their own sound. Davis had already made his mark with the innovative West Coast jazz masterpiece Birth of the Cool and was further developing his romantic and cerebral minimalism. Similarly, Rollins was quickly becoming the heir to Parker's throne as the most searching and muscular saxophonist on the scene. The dichotomy of their sounds made Davis and Rollins a perfect rub as jazz partners and these recordings helped foreshadow and define such future jazz movements as hard bop, post-bop, and even free jazz. Included here are such stellar and classic tracks as "Dig," "Oleo," "Down," "The Serpent's Tooth," "Airegin," "Doxy," and "Vierd Blues." Although all of these recordings are available elsewhere on the original albums, Davis and Rollins' relationship was an incredibly fertile one and it is great to have all of it compiled together.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/4/2009
  • Label: Prestige
  • UPC: 888072314610
  • Catalog Number: 31461
  • Sales rank: 51,608

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Morpheus - Miles Davis (2:22)
  2. 2 Down - Miles Davis (2:53)
  3. 3 Blue Room - Miles Davis (2:52)
  4. 4 Blue Room - Miles Davis (3:01)
  5. 5 Whispering - Miles Davis (3:04)
  6. 6 I Know - Miles Davis (2:34)
  7. 7 Conception - Miles Davis (4:05)
  8. 8 Out of the Blue - Miles Davis (6:19)
  9. 9 Denial - Miles Davis (5:42)
  10. 10 Bluing - Miles Davis (9:56)
  11. 11 Dig - Miles Davis (7:36)
  12. 12 My Old Flame - Miles Davis (6:35)
  13. 13 It's Only a Paper Moon - Miles Davis (5:23)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Compulsion - Miles Davis (5:47)
  2. 2 The Serpent's Tooth - Miles Davis (7:02)
  3. 3 The Serpent's Tooth - Miles Davis (6:18)
  4. 4 'Round Midnight - Miles Davis (7:07)
  5. 5 Airegin - Miles Davis (5:01)
  6. 6 Oleo - Miles Davis (5:15)
  7. 7 But Not for Me - Miles Davis (4:39)
  8. 8 But Not for Me - Miles Davis (5:46)
  9. 9 Doxy - Miles Davis (4:56)
  10. 10 In Your Own Sweet Way - Miles Davis (4:37)
  11. 11 No Line - Miles Davis (5:42)
  12. 12 Vierd Blues - Miles Davis (6:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miles Davis Primary Artist, Piano, Trumpet
Sonny Rollins Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Walter Bishop Jr. Piano
Tommy Flanagan Piano
Philly Joe Jones Drums
John Lewis Piano
Horace Silver Piano
Art Taylor Drums
Tommy Potter Bass
Percy Heath Bass
Art Blakey Drums
Paul Chambers Bass
Kenny Clarke Drums
Bennie Green Trombone
Roy Haynes Drums
Jackie McLean Alto Saxophone
Charlie Parker Tenor Saxophone
John G. Lewis Piano
Technical Credits
Dave Brubeck Composer
Miles Davis Composer
John Lewis Composer
Sonny Rollins Composer
George Shearing Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Ira Gitler Liner Notes
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Bob Lee Engineer
Don Schlitten Photo Courtesy
Bernie Hanighen Composer
Joe Tarantino Remastering
Jimmy Hole Cover Montage
Coburn Composer
Schoenberger Composer
Rodgers Composer
Coslow Composer
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