Essential Miles Davis [Columbia/Legacy]

Essential Miles Davis [Columbia/Legacy]

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Your tastes are evolving, you want your musical diet to include more than steady infusions of fast food Pop, episode 9 of Ken Burns' version of the story of jazz piqued your curiosity about Miles Davis, and your overpriced apartment has space for no more than 50 CDs. You'll find a good overview on the well-blended 23-course tasting menu of The Essential Miles DavisSee more details below

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Your tastes are evolving, you want your musical diet to include more than steady infusions of fast food Pop, episode 9 of Ken Burns' version of the story of jazz piqued your curiosity about Miles Davis, and your overpriced apartment has space for no more than 50 CDs. You'll find a good overview on the well-blended 23-course tasting menu of The Essential Miles Davis, which samples dishes offered by master trumpeter-conceptualist at points along the full timeline of his career. There's the Michelin 3-star apprenticeship with Charlie Parker ("Now's the Time" [1945]; "Compulsion," [1953]); the signature Nouvelle Americain stamp of Gil Evans ("Jeru" [1949], "New Rhumba" [1957], "Summertime" [1958], "Pan Piper" [1957]); haute cuisine soul food of the Southern ("Walkin'" [1954]) and pan-African ("Petits Machins" (1968], "Miles Runs The Voodoo Down" [1969], "Little Church" [1970], "Black Satin" [1972], "Jean-Pierre" [1981]) varieties; classic New York Sophisticate surf-and-turf ("Round Midnight" [1956], "Bye-Bye Blackbird" [1956], "Someday My Prince Will Come" [1961], "My Funny Valentine" [1964], "Time After Time" [1984]; the indescribably delicious futurist banquets of "So What" [1959], "E.S.P." [1965], "Nefertiti" [1967]. The program concludes with "Portia" [1986], on which Davis frames his enduringly human tone, replete with minute gradations of timbre and inflection, with the imaginative cyber-palette of Marcus Miller.It's quite a listen, with much food for thought. You may never want a Big Mac again.

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/15/2001
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998547520
catalogNumber:
85475
Rank:
55102

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Now's the Time  - Miles Davis
  2. Jeru  - Miles Davis
  3. Compulsion  - Miles Davis
  4. Tempus Fugit  - Miles Davis
  5. Walkin'  - Miles Davis
  6. 'Round Midnight  - Miles Davis
  7. Bye Bye Blackbird  - Miles Davis
  8. New Rhumba  - Miles Davis
  9. Generique  - Miles Davis
  10. Summertime  - Miles Davis
  11. So What  - Miles Davis
  12. The Pan Piper  - Miles Davis
  13. Someday My Prince Will Come  - Miles Davis

Disc 2

  1. My Funny Valentine  - Miles Davis
  2. E.S.P.  - Miles Davis
  3. Nefertiti  - Miles Davis
  4. Petits Machins (Little Stuff)  - Miles Davis
  5. Miles Runs the Voodoo Down  - Miles Davis
  6. Little Church  - Miles Davis
  7. Black Satin  - Miles Davis
  8. Jean Pierre  - Miles Davis
  9. Time After Time  - Miles Davis
  10. Portia  - Miles Davis

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miles Davis   Primary Artist,Organ,Trumpet
Ron Carter   Bass
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
Johnny Coles   Trumpet
Jack DeJohnette   Drums
Red Garland   Piano
Dizzy Gillespie   Piano
Haig   Piano
Herbie Hancock   Piano
Billy Hart   Drums
Robert Irving   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
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   Tenor Saxophone
Mike Stern   Guitar
Lucky Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Barney Wilen   Tenor Saxophone
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
Frank Rehak   Trombone
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Joe Bennett   Trombone
Reggie Lucas   Guitar
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Percy Heath   Bass
Don Alias   Drums
Willie Ruff   French Horn
Khalil Balakrishna   Electric Sitar
Danny Bank   Bass Clarinet,Alto Flute
Billy Barber   Tuba
Walter Bishop   Piano
Art Blakey   Drums
James Buffington   French Horn
Johnny Carisi   Trumpet
Mino Cinelu   Percussion
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Gil Coggins   Piano
Junior Collins   Flugelhorn
Sid Cooper   Clarinet
Armando Anthony Corea   Electric Piano
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Gil Evans   Conductor
Harold Feldman   Flute
Foster   Drums
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Darryl Jones   Electric Bass
Jack Knitzer   Bassoon
Cedric Lawson   Keyboards
Jose Mangual   Percussion
Marcus Miller   Electric Bass
Tony Miranda   French Horn
Louis Mucci   Trumpet
Charlie Parker   Alto Saxophone
Hermeto Pascoal   Human Whistle
Romeo Penque   Flute
Curly Russell   Bass
Jumma Santos   Percussion
Gunther Schuller   French Horn
Joe Shulman   Bass
Steve Thornton   Percussion
René Urtreger   Piano
Dick Hixon   Trombone

Technical Credits

Bob Belden   Producer
Miles Davis   Composer
Gerry Mulligan   Arranger
Pete Rugolo   Producer
Steven Berkowitz   Producer
Michael Cuscuna   Producer
Gil Evans   Arranger
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Doug Hawkins   Engineer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Teo Macero   Producer
Marcus Miller   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Teddy Reig   Producer
Bob Weinstock   Producer
Mark Wilder   Mastering
Seth Rothstein   Producer,Mastering
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Mort Dixon   Composer

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