The Miles Davis and Gil Evans: Complete Columbia Studio Recordings [2004 Reissue]

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Barnes & Noble - Lee Jeske
Boxed sets of jazz CDs frequently pose the uncomfortable question, "Can you have too much of a good thing?" The answer is, often, yes.MILES DAVIS WITH JOHN COLTRANE: THE COMPLETE COLUMBIA RECORDINGS poses the question, "Can you have too much of a great thing?" The answer is, resoundingly, no. Jazz on this level -- the level of the Miles Davis Quintet and Sextet with John Coltrane -- is so rare and so profound, so, in a sense, perfect, that we can only ask Columbia to bring it all on, every alternate take, false start, bit of studio chatter, all of it. And Columbia -- which has been lovingly sorting and rearranging Miles Davis' output into various crates over the past few ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lee Jeske
Boxed sets of jazz CDs frequently pose the uncomfortable question, "Can you have too much of a good thing?" The answer is, often, yes.MILES DAVIS WITH JOHN COLTRANE: THE COMPLETE COLUMBIA RECORDINGS poses the question, "Can you have too much of a great thing?" The answer is, resoundingly, no. Jazz on this level -- the level of the Miles Davis Quintet and Sextet with John Coltrane -- is so rare and so profound, so, in a sense, perfect, that we can only ask Columbia to bring it all on, every alternate take, false start, bit of studio chatter, all of it. And Columbia -- which has been lovingly sorting and rearranging Miles Davis' output into various crates over the past few years -- is happy to oblige. The question with this six-CD box is not whether or not you should have this music -- you should have this music --but whether you should have it in this form, in this configuration, in this particular crate. The answer is a qualified yes.

In 1955, after years of playing with various different rhythm sections, Miles Davis hired himself a band -- pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers, drummer Philly Joe Jones, and the young tenor saxophonist John Coltrane. He also signed a deal with Columbia Records, after years of recording for the small, independent Prestige jazz label. In less than a year, the group recorded MILES, COOKIN', WORKIN', STEAMIN', and RELAXIN' to fulfill the obligation to Prestige, and 'ROUND ABOUT MIDNIGHT to begin the obligation to Columbia. During the next five years, Miles Davis recorded the landmark orchestral albums with Gil Evans -- collected in another Columbia crate -- and a series of increasingly stunning albums with a version of this small group. Cannonball Adderley, the great soulful alto saxophonist, made it a Sextet in 1958, shortly before Red Garland and Philly Joe Jones made way for Bill Evans (then Wynton Kelly) and Jimmy Cobb. The band kept playing -- recording its pointillistic material, evolving into modal harmonies, being pulled by John Coltrane's increasing musical yearnings -- until, in 1960, Coltrane finally had to leave to pursue his own vision (although Miles lured him back for a couple of 1961 dates). With Coltrane gone, the band disintegrated and an astonishing new band --another perfect band -- was formed with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter and Tony Williams. That band has its own Columbia crate. (The title of this set is somewhat disingenuous --John Coltrane was a sideman in this band, never a co-leader.

Here's what's in this box: the albums 'ROUND ABOUT MIDNIGHT, MILESTONES and KIND OF BLUE in their entirety, the band's live performances at a Columbia party and the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, half of an album called JAZZ TRACK (the other half was Davis's soundtrack to the French film "L'Ascenseur pour l'echafaud"), and the two songs Coltrane joined on SOMEDAY MY PRINCE WILL COME. And there are numerous alternate takes, many of which have already been restored to Columbia's single-CD reissues of this material. So what -- aside from the usual fancy box and weighty booklet -- does this box set have that we haven't heard before? A lot. There are 13 previously unissued alternate takes and a previously unreleased version of "Little Melonae": a remarkable hour-and-a-half of extra music. There are also songs issued in their original 1950s stereo for the first time ever; a few scattered seconds of the famous but rarely heard Miles Davis rasp; and a false start or two (the only thing left to issue from the landmark KIND OF BLUE sessions was a minute-and-a-half false start of "Freddie Freeloader"). The extra music is, like the music we know, extraordinary. There is nothing revelatory here, just powerful alternates that, except for a flub or two, would have done everybody proud if they had been included in the original albums. And all the music is loaded with tension -- Coltrane and Bill Evans were two very different musicians, but, in these years, they were both forward-thinking seekers of something new, something just around the corner in the future of jazz. You can hear Trane pressing, impatient, chafing against the restrictions that he would burst through so astonishingly in his own albums for Atlantic and Prestige. And you can hear Miles respond to that --squeezing even more drama, more heartache from his horn.

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Over the course of six compact discs, Miles Davis and Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings collects every bit of music the legendary duo recorded together between the years 1957 and 1968. Each of the original albums -- Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess, Sketches of Spain, and Quiet Nights -- is presented in its original running order on separate discs; each individual disc is augmented with revealing alternate takes and rarities, like the duo's long-unavailable music for "The Time of the Barracudas" at the end of the Quiet Nights disc. The remaining two discs are filled with alternate takes, rehearsals, overdubbed solos, studio chatter, and outtakes. All of the music sounds splendid and often revelatory -- for instance, in addition to being released in stereo for the first time ever, Miles Ahead is presented in its original version for the first time on compact disc. Each disc is enclosed in a sleeve that replicates the original album release both covers of Miles Ahead are included within the set and housed in an immense, detailed, gold-bound 197-page book. In fact, if there is any fault with the set it is this: since the notes, sleeves, track listings, and discs are bound together within one thick book, the set feels like a library piece instead of a functional, listenable retrospective. This is vital music that will be accessed often by anyone willing to invest in the set, so the box set should have been designed with that in mind. Nevertheless, Miles Davis and Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings is filled with so much visionary and beautiful music it makes the slight flaws in packaging forgivable. [This set was reissued -- with no additional material -- in 2004.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969092323
  • Catalog Number: 90923
  • Sales rank: 3,967

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Springsville - Gil Evans (3:27)
  2. 2 The Maids of Cadiz - Gil Evans (3:59)
  3. 3 The Duke - Gil Evans (3:28)
  4. 4 My Ship - Gil Evans (4:28)
  5. 5 Miles Ahead - Gil Evans (3:29)
  6. 6 Blues for Pablo - Gil Evans (5:19)
  7. 7 New Rhumba - Gil Evans (4:35)
  8. 8 The Meaning of the Blues - Gil Evans (2:50)
  9. 9 Lament - Gil Evans (2:16)
  10. 10 I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - Gil Evans (3:07)
  11. 11 Springsville - Gil Evans (3:16)
  12. 12 The Maids of Cadiz - Gil Evans (3:57)
  13. 13 The Duke - Gil Evans (3:32)
  14. 14 My Ship - Gil Evans (4:23)
  15. 15 Miles Ahead - Gil Evans (3:32)
  16. 16 Blues for Pablo - Gil Evans (5:27)
  17. 17 New Rhumba - Gil Evans (4:45)
  18. 18 The Meaning of the Blues - Gil Evans (2:49)
  19. 19 Lament - Gil Evans (2:20)
  20. 20 I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - Gil Evans (3:11)
  21. 21 [Pause Track] - Gil Evans (0:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Buzzard Song - Gil Evans (4:09)
  2. 2 Bess, You Is My Woman Now - Gil Evans (5:12)
  3. 3 Gone - Gil Evans (3:38)
  4. 4 Gone, Gone, Gone - Gil Evans (2:05)
  5. 5 Summertime (3:21)
  6. 6 Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess? - Gil Evans (4:31)
  7. 7 Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus) - Gil Evans (4:42)
  8. 8 Fisherman, Strawberry and Devil Crab - Gil Evans (4:07)
  9. 9 My Man's Gone Now - Gil Evans (6:16)
  10. 10 It Ain't Necessarily So - Gil Evans (4:25)
  11. 11 Here Come de Honey Man - Gil Evans (1:20)
  12. 12 I Loves You, Porgy - Gil Evans (3:42)
  13. 13 There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon for New York - Gil Evans (3:28)
  14. 14 Gone - Gil Evans (3:40)
  15. 15 Summertime (3:19)
  16. 16 Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus) - Gil Evans (4:16)
  17. 17 I Loves You, Porgy - Gil Evans (4:17)
  18. 18 There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon for New York - Gil Evans (3:41)
  19. 19 Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess? - Gil Evans (4:22)
  20. 20 Gone - Gil Evans (3:40)
  21. 21 [Pause Track] - Gil Evans (0:06)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio) - Gil Evans (16:23)
  2. 2 Will O' the Wisp - Gil Evans (3:49)
  3. 3 The Pan Piper - Gil Evans (3:54)
  4. 4 Saeta - Gil Evans (5:08)
  5. 5 Solea - Gil Evans (12:19)
  6. 6 Song of Our Country - Gil Evans (3:26)
  7. 7 Saeta - Gil Evans (6:03)
  8. 8 The Pan Piper - Gil Evans (3:13)
  9. 9 Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio), Pt. 1 - Gil Evans (12:05)
  10. 10 Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio), Pt. 2 - Gil Evans (3:35)
  11. 11 Song of Our Country - Gil Evans (3:09)
  12. 12 [Pause Track] - Gil Evans (0:06)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Song No. 2 - Gil Evans (1:40)
  2. 2 Once Upon a Summertime - Gil Evans (3:27)
  3. 3 Aos Pes da Cruz - Gil Evans (4:19)
  4. 4 Song No. 1 - Gil Evans (4:37)
  5. 5 Wait Till You See Her - Gil Evans (4:06)
  6. 6 Corcovado - Gil Evans (2:45)
  7. 7 Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern) - Gil Evans (2:43)
  8. 8 Nothing Like You - Gil Evans (2:00)
  9. 9 Devil May Care - Gil Evans (3:29)
  10. 10 The Time of the Barracudas - Gil Evans (12:48)
  11. 11 Falling Water - Gil Evans (3:45)
  12. 12 Falling Water - Gil Evans (4:25)
  13. 13 Falling Water - Gil Evans (4:17)
  14. 14 Falling Water - Gil Evans (4:23)
  15. 15 Springsville - Gil Evans (3:34)
  16. 16 The Maids of Cadiz - Gil Evans (4:06)
  17. 17 The Maids of Cadiz - Gil Evans (2:38)
  18. 18 Lament [Medley] - Gil Evans (2:37)
  19. 19 The Duke - Gil Evans (3:30)
  20. 20 I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - Gil Evans (3:07)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Springsville - Gil Evans (7:01)
  2. 2 Springsville - Gil Evans (2:32)
  3. 3 The Maids of Cadiz - Gil Evans (0:34)
  4. 4 The Maids of Cadiz - Gil Evans (4:12)
  5. 5 The Maids of Cadiz - Gil Evans (1:27)
  6. 6 Count Off for the Duke - Gil Evans (0:37)
  7. 7 The Duke - Gil Evans (3:33)
  8. 8 The Duke - Gil Evans (1:54)
  9. 9 My Ship - Gil Evans (4:38)
  10. 10 Miles Ahead - Gil Evans (1:48)
  11. 11 Miles Ahead - Gil Evans (3:34)
  12. 12 Miles Ahead - Gil Evans (3:31)
  13. 13 Studio Discussion - Gil Evans (0:30)
  14. 14 My Ship - Gil Evans (4:41)
  15. 15 Miles Ahead - Gil Evans (3:09)
  16. 16 Blues for Pablo - Gil Evans (5:54)
  17. 17 New Rhumba - Gil Evans (4:40)
  18. 18 Lament - Gil Evans (2:24)
  19. 19 I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - Gil Evans (2:13)
  20. 20 I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - Gil Evans (2:58)
  21. 21 Studio Discussion - Gil Evans (0:35)
  22. 22 I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - Gil Evans (2:58)
  23. 23 [Pause Track] - Gil Evans (0:06)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Studio Discussion - Gil Evans (0:21)
  2. 2 Springsville - Gil Evans (3:36)
  3. 3 Studio Discussion - Gil Evans (0:08)
  4. 4 Miles Ahead - Gil Evans (3:34)
  5. 5 I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - Gil Evans (3:03)
  6. 6 Springsville - Gil Evans (2:10)
  7. 7 Springsville - Gil Evans (2:22)
  8. 8 Springsville - Gil Evans (2:34)
  9. 9 Springsville - Gil Evans (0:29)
  10. 10 Miles Ahead - Gil Evans (1:55)
  11. 11 Miles Ahead - Gil Evans (1:36)
  12. 12 I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - Gil Evans (1:05)
  13. 13 I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - Gil Evans (1:27)
  14. 14 I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - Gil Evans (2:06)
  15. 15 I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - Gil Evans (3:06)
  16. 16 I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - Gil Evans (3:00)
  17. 17 Miles Ahead - Gil Evans (3:33)
  18. 18 Gone - Gil Evans (2:55)
  19. 19 Gone, Gone, Gone - Gil Evans (2:59)
  20. 20 Studio Discussion - Gil Evans (0:56)
  21. 21 Bess, You Is My Woman Now - Gil Evans (5:00)
  22. 22 It Ain't Necessarily So - Gil Evans (3:24)
  23. 23 Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess? - Gil Evans (3:57)
  24. 24 I Loves You, Porgy - Gil Evans (2:21)
  25. 25 There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon for New York - Gil Evans (2:25)
  26. 26 My Man's Gone Now - Gil Evans (6:16)
  27. 27 Song of Our Country - Gil Evans (3:01)
  28. 28 Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio) - Gil Evans (7:24)
  29. 29 Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio) - Gil Evans (1:22)
  30. 30 [Pause Track] - Gil Evans (0:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miles Davis Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Paul Horn Flugelhorn, Alto Saxophone
Cannonball Adderley Alto Saxophone
Joe Beck Electric Guitar
Phil Bodner Clarinet, Flugelhorn
Ron Carter Double Bass
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Johnny Coles Trumpet
Buddy Collette Flugelhorn, Tenor Saxophone
Bob Dorough Piano, Vocals
Herbie Hancock Piano, Electric Piano, Wurlitzer
Elvin Jones Percussion
Philly Joe Jones Drums
Wynton Kelly Piano
Lee Konitz Alto Saxophone
Steve Lacy Soprano Saxophone
Hubert Laws Flute, Flugelhorn
Jerome Richardson Reeds, Flugelhorn
Wayne Shorter Tenor Saxophone
Art Taylor Drums
Julius Watkins French Horn
Tony Williams Drums
Howard Johnson Tuba
Taft Jordan Trumpet
Frank Rehak Trombone
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Willie Ruff French Horn
Gloria Agostini Harp
Ray Alonge French Horn
Harold Baker Trumpet
Danny Bank Bass Clarinet, Flugelhorn
Billy Barber Tuba
John Barrows French Horn
Raymond Beckenstein Reeds, Flugelhorn
Willie Bobo Bongos
James Buffington French Horn
Garvin Bushell Bassoon, Contrabassoon
Herb Bushler Hawaiian Guitar
Eddie Caine Clarinet, Flugelhorn
Johnny Carisi Trumpet
Paul Chambers Double Bass
Earl Chapin French Horn
Gene Cipriano Flugelhorn, Oboe, Tenor Saxophone
Sid Cooper Clarinet, Flugelhorn
Donald Corrado French Horn
Fred Dutton Bassoon
Gil Evans Conductor
Harold Feldman Clarinet, Flugelhorn, Oboe
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Bill Hinshaw French Horn
J.J. Johnson Trombone
Jack Knitzer Bassoon
Lawrence Lucie Mandolin
Jose Mangual Percussion
Jimmy McAllister Tuba
Tony Miranda French Horn
Louis Mucci Trumpet
Romeo Penque Clarinet, Flute, Bass Clarinet, Flugelhorn, Oboe
Richard Perissi French Horn
Karl Porter Bassoon
Janet Putnam Harp
Gunther Schuller French Horn
Bob Tricarico Bassoon
Dick Hixon Trombone
Joe Singer French Horn
Dick Leith Bass Trombone
Joe Bennett & Sparkletones Trombone
Al Block Flugelhorn
Tommy Mitchell Bass Trombone
Betty Glauman Harp
Art Maeba French Horn
Marjorie Call Harp
Technical Credits
Léo Delibes Composer
Manuel de Falla Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Joaquín Rodrigo Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Bob Belden Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Dave Brubeck Composer
Miles Davis Composer
Bob Dorough Composer
Ahmad Jamal Composer
Quincy Jones Liner Notes
Michel Legrand Composer
John Hammond Sr. Producer
Andre Hodeir Liner Notes
Bobby Troup Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Bill Kirchner Liner Notes
George Avakian Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Johnny Carisi Composer
Mino Cinelu Composer
Michael Cuscuna Executive Producer
Gil Evans Arranger, Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Nat Hentoff Liner Notes
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
J.J. Johnson Composer
Frank Laico Engineer
Cal Lampley Producer, Audio Production
Teo Macero Producer, Audio Production
Bill Mathieu Author
Johnny Mercer Composer
Fred Plaut Engineer
Phil Schaap Reissue Producer, Remastering, Annotation
Irving Townsend Producer, Audio Production
Mark Wilder Remixing, Mastering
Jack Elliott Composer
Charles Edward Smith Liner Notes
Eddie Barclay Composer
Tom "Curly" Ruff Engineer
Don Hunstein Cover Photo
Arnold Levine Art Direction
Harold Chapman Engineer
Chika Azuma Art Direction
DuBose Heyward Composer
Fran Landesman Composer
Eddy Marnay Composer
Harold Spina Composer
Leah Worth Composer
Marino Pinto Composer
Pedro Gonçalves Composer
Terrell Kirk Composer
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