Walkin'

Walkin'

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by Miles Davis All-Stars
     
 

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The clarion call of hard bop was sounded by the opening bars of Miles Davis's 1954 "Walkin.'" Tough-minded and unashamedly bluesy jazz was back, and Davis jumped right into the fray. Exploiting the expanded space provided by the 12-inch album, Davis and his rough and ready compatriots -- tenor saxophonist Lucky Thompson, pianist Horace

Overview

The clarion call of hard bop was sounded by the opening bars of Miles Davis's 1954 "Walkin.'" Tough-minded and unashamedly bluesy jazz was back, and Davis jumped right into the fray. Exploiting the expanded space provided by the 12-inch album, Davis and his rough and ready compatriots -- tenor saxophonist Lucky Thompson, pianist Horace Silver, and trombonist J. J. Johnson -- stretch out on the title track, a 13 1/2 -minute mid-tempo blues that brings out the righteous orator in each of them. The tempo goes way up for "Blue and Boogie," with no slippage from any of the rampaging participants. The three remaining tracks are from a sensational session recorded three weeks earlier, with the impressive if obscure alto saxophonist Davey Schildkraut as the only additional hornman. Hard bop never precluded lyricism, as Davis proves on two of his most gorgeous trumpet performances: his own classic tune, "Solar," and the ballad "You Don't Know What Love Is." Everyone then goes to town on a fast "Love Me or Leave Me" -- another display piece for the unsung hero of both sessions: drummer Kenny Clarke, the man most often credited with formulating bop drumming in the first place.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The undeniable strength and conviction present in Miles Davis' performance on Walkin', underscores the urgency and passion with which he would rightfully reclaim his status as a primary architect of bop. Davis is supported by his all-stars, consisting of his primary rhythm unit: Horace Silver (piano), Percy Heath (bass), and Kenny Clarke (drums). The sextet featured on the title track, as well as "Blue 'n' Boogie," adds the talents of J.J. Johnson (trombone) and Lucky Thompson (tenor sax). Davis' quintet includes the primary trio and Dave Schildkraut (alto sax). Perhaps not an instantly recognizable name, Schildkraut nonetheless made some notable contributions to Stan Kenton's Kenton Showcase EPs, concurrent with his work with Miles. Walkin' commences with the extended title track, which follows a standard 12-bar blues theme. While the solos from Johnson and Thomson are unique, Miles retains a palpable sense of extrication from the music -- as if the song was an extension of his solo instead of the other way around. The lethargic rhythms reiterate the subtle adornments of the horn section to the basic trio. In direct contrast to "Walkin'" is a full-tilt jumper, "Blue 'n' Boogie." The improvisation yields some truly memorable solos and exchanges between Davis and Johnson -- who can be heard clearly quoting from Thelonious Monk's "Rhythm-A-Ning." "Solar" maintains a healthy tempo while drawing the listener in to the delicate interplay where the solos often dictate the melody. Horace Silver's piano solo is Ellington-esque in it's subdued elegance. The final track, "Love Me or Leave Me," gives the most solid indication of the direction Miles' impending breakthrough would take. So swift and certain is each note of his solo, it reflects the accuracy of someone thinking several notes ahead of what he is playing. Walking is a thoroughly solid effort.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2006
Label:
Prestige
UPC:
0888072300088
catalogNumber:
30008
Rank:
17864

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miles Davis All-Stars   Primary Artist
Percy Faith   Bass
Miles Davis   Trumpet,Saxophone
Horace Silver   Piano
Lucky Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Percy Heath   Bass
Kenny Clarke   Drums
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Dave Schildkraut   Alto Saxophone
Miles Davis Quintet   Track Performer
Jay Jay Johnson   Trombone

Technical Credits

Hannan   Artwork
Gene DePaul   Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer,Author
Ira Gitler   Liner Notes
Nick Phillips   Reissue Producer
Don Raye   Composer
Akira Taguchi   Producer
Bob Weinstock   Producer
Hannah   Artwork,Cover Art

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