The Definitive Miles Davis on Prestige

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It's compilations like this that make adjectives all but meaningless. The Definitive Miles Davis on Prestige is a two-disc, budget-priced compilation produced by Nick Phillips that pulls together cuts from Davis' early period with the distinguished label between 1951 and 1956 just prior to signing with Columbia. The word "definitive" here is what's in question, simply because it is so utterly subjective that virtually any hardcore Davis aficionado might have picked no less than half-a-dozen cuts that are different from what appears here, and be no less correct. Presented as a chronological compendium, they do reveal his development as a trumpeter and bandleader. The vast ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It's compilations like this that make adjectives all but meaningless. The Definitive Miles Davis on Prestige is a two-disc, budget-priced compilation produced by Nick Phillips that pulls together cuts from Davis' early period with the distinguished label between 1951 and 1956 just prior to signing with Columbia. The word "definitive" here is what's in question, simply because it is so utterly subjective that virtually any hardcore Davis aficionado might have picked no less than half-a-dozen cuts that are different from what appears here, and be no less correct. Presented as a chronological compendium, they do reveal his development as a trumpeter and bandleader. The vast majority of these tracks are taken from the series of Miles Davis Quintet & All Stars dates including Walkin', Steamin', Relaxin', Cookin', and Workin'. They account for 11 of the 24 cuts. Ironically, one of Davis' finest outings for the label, Dig: Miles Davis Featuring Sonny Rollins, is represented only by its title track. Likewise curious are the inclusions of John Lewis' "Morpheus," from Miles Davis and Horns, his debut outing for Prestige, the reading of George Russell's "Ezz-Thetic," from the Lee Konitz-led Conception recording, and "Four" from Blue Haze. Other cuts are taken from the New Miles Quintet, The Musings of Miles, Collector's Items, Bags' Groove, and Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants offerings. The earlier material doesn't hold up to the Quintet and New Quintet sides, and the cuts from the Collectors' Items disc are debatable choices, even if Ashley Khan's fine liner notes make a case for their inclusion. This is a decent but far from definitive introduction to Miles Davis on Prestige.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2011
  • Label: Prestige
  • UPC: 888072327627
  • Catalog Number: 32762
  • Sales rank: 28,964

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Morpheus (2:22)
  2. 2 Ezz-Thetic (2:55)
  3. 3 Dig (7:35)
  4. 4 Four (4:04)
  5. 5 Compulsion (5:46)
  6. 6 Solar (4:46)
  7. 7 I'll Remember April (7:54)
  8. 8 Walkin' (13:25)
  9. 9 Airegin (5:01)
  10. 10 In Your Own Sweet Way (4:37)
  11. 11 Bags' Groove (11:16)
  12. 12 Will You Still Be Mine? (6:20)
Disc 2
  1. 1 There is No Greater Love (5:22)
  2. 2 Surrey With the Fringe On Top (9:07)
  3. 3 Salt Peanuts (6:10)
  4. 4 It Never Entered My Mind (5:26)
  5. 5 If I Were a Bell (8:21)
  6. 6 'Round Midnight (5:24)
  7. 7 I Could Write a Book (5:11)
  8. 8 Oleo (6:31)
  9. 9 My Funny Valentine (6:01)
  10. 10 Tune-Up (5:41)
  11. 11 When Lights Are Low (7:35)
  12. 12 The Theme (1:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miles Davis Primary Artist, Trumpet
Billy Bauer Guitar
Walter Bishop Jr. Piano
Tommy Flanagan Piano
Red Garland Piano
Milt Jackson Vibes
Philly Joe Jones Drums
Lee Konitz Leader, Alto Saxophone
John Lewis Piano
Oscar Pettiford Bass
Max Roach Drums
Sonny Rollins Tenor Saxophone
Horace Silver Piano
Art Taylor Drums
Lucky Thompson Tenor Saxophone
Sal Mosca Piano
Tommy Potter Bass
Percy Heath Bass
Art Blakey Drums
Paul Chambers Bass
Kenny Clarke Drums
John Coltrane Tenor Saxophone
Bennie Green Trombone
Roy Haynes Drums
J.J. Johnson Trombone
Jackie McLean Alto Saxophone
Thelonious Monk Piano
Charlie Parker Tenor Saxophone
Dave Schildkraut Alto Saxophone
Arnold Fishkind Bass
Technical Credits
Dave Brubeck Composer
Miles Davis Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Milt Jackson Composer
John Lewis Composer
Sonny Rollins Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
George Russell Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Joe Tarantino Mastering
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Ashley Kahn Liner Notes
Richard Carpenter Composer
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