The Essential Miles Davis [Columbia/Legacy]

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Barnes & Noble - Ted Panken
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" ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ted Panken
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.
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: 5/15/2001
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998547520
  • Catalog Number: 85475
  • Sales rank: 78,398

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Now's the Time (3:17)
  2. 2 Jeru (3:13)
  3. 3 Compulsion (5:44)
  4. 4 Tempus Fugit (3:51)
  5. 5 Walkin' (13:27)
  6. 6 'Round Midnight (5:57)
  7. 7 Bye Bye Blackbird (7:55)
  8. 8 New Rhumba (4:37)
  9. 9 Generique (2:48)
  10. 10 Summertime (3:20)
  11. 11 So What (9:23)
  12. 12 The Pan Piper (3:53)
  13. 13 Someday My Prince Will Come (9:03)
Disc 2
  1. 1 My Funny Valentine (15:07)
  2. 2 E.S.P. (5:30)
  3. 3 Nefertiti (7:53)
  4. 4 Petits Machins (Little Stuff) (8:07)
  5. 5 Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (14:03)
  6. 6 Little Church (3:16)
  7. 7 Black Satin (5:16)
  8. 8 Jean Pierre (4:03)
  9. 9 Time After Time (3:40)
  10. 10 Portia (6:18)
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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
Al Haig Piano
Herbie Hancock Piano
Billy Hart Drums
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
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 Sr. 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
Chick Corea Electric Piano
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Gil Evans Conductor
Harold Feldman Flute
Al 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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