Essential Miles Davis [Limited Edition 3.0]

The Essential Miles Davis [Limited Edition 3.0]

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by Miles Davis
     
 

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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

Overview

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.]

Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2008
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0886973103623
catalogNumber:
731036

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miles Davis   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Trumpet,Keyboards
Cannonball Adderley   Alto Saxophone
Walter Bishop   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
Haig   Piano
Herbie Hancock   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Billy Hart   Drums
Jimmy Heath   Tenor Saxophone
Dave Holland   Bass,Electric Bass,Upright Bass
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,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
Armando Anthony Corea   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Gil Evans   Conductor
Harold Feldman   Flute
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   Trombone
Block   Flute
Billy Ray Barber   Tuba
Tom Mitchell   Bass Trombone
Lennie White   Drums

Technical Credits

Bob Belden   Audio Production
Miles Davis   Producer
Robert Irving   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
Bob Blumenthal   Liner Notes
Seth Rothstein   Audio Production
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Harold Chapman   Engineer
Marcel Romano   Producer
Dianne Spoto Shattuck   Packaging Manager
Tomas Suzuki   Engineer
Stanley Tonkel   Engineer

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