The Essential Miles Davis [Limited Edition 3.0]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
At first glance, it would seem like an impossible task to summarize Miles Davis' career into a succinct double-disc set. Still, a career as multifaceted and ever-changing as Miles' winds up having a clear narrative, one that can be told by just the highlights, which is exactly what Columbia/Legacy's excellent double-disc Essential Miles Davis does. There are certainly major pieces and recordings missing, which is a deliberate move, since the compilers have chosen no more than one track per record (with the exception of two cuts from 'Round About Midnight), so there are huge portions of Kind of Blue, Sketches of Spain, E.S.P., and Bitches Brew absent, and such ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
At first glance, it would seem like an impossible task to summarize Miles Davis' career into a succinct double-disc set. Still, a career as multifaceted and ever-changing as Miles' winds up having a clear narrative, one that can be told by just the highlights, which is exactly what Columbia/Legacy's excellent double-disc Essential Miles Davis does. There are certainly major pieces and recordings missing, which is a deliberate move, since the compilers have chosen no more than one track per record (with the exception of two cuts from 'Round About Midnight), so there are huge portions of Kind of Blue, Sketches of Spain, E.S.P., and Bitches Brew absent, and such classic albums as Milestones, Miles Smiles, In a Silent Way, and A Tribute to Jack Johnson are entirely MIA. The funny thing is, in this context, they're not missed, because what's here -- which is how this compilation should be judged -- tells the story directly yet elegantly, touching on stages of his career. That means this is cross-licensed, opening with Miles as a sideman on Charlie Parker's "Now's the Time," then running through the Birth of the Cool sessions, before hitting on a selection from his lone Blue Note sessions and two cuts from his classic Prestige dates. After that come the Columbia recordings, with the Gil Evans collaborations and Coltrane years filling out disc one. On the second disc, his second classic quartet comes to the forefront, followed by terrific selections from the electric years, including a cut from On the Corner, traditionally disdained by jazz critics. Three tracks from the '60s round out the disc, completing an overview of astonishing scope and breadth. Yes, there is nothing particularly rare here (with the exception of "Generique," from Ascenseur Pour l'Échafaud), but this wasn't designed for the converted -- it was designed to convert and it does its job superbly. [Columbia/Legacy's Limited Edition 3.0 appeared in 2008 and included a bonus CD -- in addition to the original, two-CD set.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2008
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886973103623
  • Catalog Number: 731036
  • Sales rank: 40,850

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Now's the Time (3:15)
  2. 2 Jeru (3:10)
  3. 3 Compulsion (5:35)
  4. 4 Tempus Fugit (3:50)
  5. 5 Walkin' (13:26)
  6. 6 'Round Midnight (5:55)
  7. 7 Bye Bye Blackbird (7:55)
  8. 8 New Rhumba (4:37)
  9. 9 Generique (2:45)
  10. 10 Summertime (3:19)
  11. 11 So What (9:22)
  12. 12 The Pan Piper (3:52)
  13. 13 Someday My Prince Will Come (5:43)
Disc 2
  1. 1 My Funny Valentine (14:55)
  2. 2 E.S.P. (5:29)
  3. 3 Nefertiti (7:52)
  4. 4 Petits Machins (Little Stuff) (8:05)
  5. 5 Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (14:02)
  6. 6 Little Church (3:15)
  7. 7 Black Satin (5:14)
  8. 8 Jean Pierre (4:02)
  9. 9 Time After Time (3:38)
  10. 10 Portia (6:18)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Stella by Starlight (4:46)
  2. 2 Milestones (5:45)
  3. 3 Seven Steps to Heaven (6:25)
  4. 4 Footprints (9:48)
  5. 5 In a Silent Way (4:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miles Davis Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Trumpet, Keyboards
Cannonball Adderley Alto Saxophone
Walter Bishop Jr. Piano
Ron Carter Bass, Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Johnny Coles Trumpet
Jack DeJohnette Drums
Bill Evans Piano, Soprano Saxophone
Red Garland Piano
Carlos Garnett Soprano Saxophone
Dizzy Gillespie Piano
Al Haig Piano
Herbie Hancock Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Billy Hart Drums
Jimmy Heath Tenor Saxophone
Dave Holland Bass, Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Robert Irving III Keyboards
Keith Jarrett Organ
Elvin Jones Percussion
Philly Joe Jones Drums
Wynton Kelly Piano
Lee Konitz Alto Saxophone
Bennie Maupin Bass Clarinet
John McLaughlin Guitar, Electric Guitar
Pierre Michelot Bass
Hank Mobley Tenor Saxophone
Gerry Mulligan Baritone Saxophone
Jerome Richardson Clarinet, Flute, Alto Flute
Max Roach Drums
Sonny Rollins Tenor Saxophone
John Scofield Guitar
Wayne Shorter Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Horace Silver Piano
Mike Stern Guitar
Lucky Thompson Tenor Saxophone
Julius Watkins Flugelhorn
Barney Wilen Tenor Saxophone
Tony Williams Drums
Larry Young Electric Piano
Taft Jordan Trumpet
Frank Rehak Trombone
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Reggie Lucas Guitar
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Percy Heath Bass
Don Alias Percussion, Conga, Drums
Willie Ruff Flugelhorn
Airto Moreira Percussion
Joe Zawinul Piano, Keyboards, Oboe
Badal Roy Tabla
Khalil Balakrishna Electric Sitar
Danny Bank Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute
Art Blakey Drums
James Buffington Flugelhorn
Johnny Carisi Trumpet
Paul Chambers Upright Bass
Mino Cinelu Percussion
Kenny Clarke Drums
Gil Coggins Piano
Junior Collins Flugelhorn
John Coltrane Tenor Saxophone
Sid Cooper Clarinet
Chick Corea Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Gil Evans Conductor
Harold Feldman Flute
Al Foster Drums
Bernie Glow Trumpet
J.J. Johnson Trombone
Darryl Jones Electric Bass
Jack Knitzer Bassoon
Cedric Lawson Keyboards
Jose Mangual Percussion
Marcus Miller Electric Bass
Tony Miranda Flugelhorn
Louis Mucci Trumpet
Charlie Parker Alto Saxophone
Hermeto Pascoal Human Whistle
Romeo Penque Clarinet, Flute, Alto Flute, Oboe
Janet Putnam Harp
Curly Russell Bass
Jumma Santos Percussion
Gunther Schuller Flugelhorn
Steve Thornton Percussion
René Urtreger Piano
Kai Winding Trombone
Dick Hixon Trombone
Joe Singer Flugelhorn
Joe Bennett & Sparkletones Trombone
Al Block Flute
Billy Ray Barber Tuba
Tom Mitchell Bass Trombone
Lennie White Drums
Technical Credits
Bob Belden Audio Production
Miles Davis Producer
Robert Irving III Producer
Gerry Mulligan Arranger
Pete Rugolo Producer
Steven Berkowitz Audio Production
George Avakian Producer
Michael Cuscuna Audio Production
Peter Doell Engineer
Gil Evans Arranger
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Doug Hawkins Engineer
Frank Laico Engineer
Cal Lampley Producer
Tommy LiPuma Producer
Alfred Lion Producer
Teo Macero Producer, Audio Production
Marcus Miller Arranger, Producer, Instrumentation
Fred Plaut Engineer
Teddy Reig Producer
Irving Townsend Producer
Bob Weinstock Producer
Mark Wilder Mastering, Remastering
Bob Blumenthal Liner Notes
Seth Rothstein Audio Production
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Harold Chapman Engineer
Marcel Romano Producer
Seth Foster Mastering, Remastering
Dianne Spoto Shattuck Packaging Manager
Tomas Suzuki Engineer
Stanley Tonkel Engineer
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