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Definitive Miles Davis on Prestige
     

The Definitive Miles Davis on Prestige

by Miles Davis
 
It's compilations like this that make adjectives all but meaningless. The Definitive Miles Davis on Prestige is a two-disc, budget-priced compilation produced by Nick Phillips that pulls together cuts from Davis' early period with the distinguished label between 1951 and 1956

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It's compilations like this that make adjectives all but meaningless. The Definitive Miles Davis on Prestige is a two-disc, budget-priced compilation produced by Nick Phillips that pulls together cuts from Davis' early period with the distinguished label between 1951 and 1956 just prior to signing with Columbia. The word "definitive" here is what's in question, simply because it is so utterly subjective that virtually any hardcore Davis aficionado might have picked no less than half-a-dozen cuts that are different from what appears here, and be no less correct. Presented as a chronological compendium, they do reveal his development as a trumpeter and bandleader. The vast majority of these tracks are taken from the series of Miles Davis Quintet & All Stars dates including Walkin', Steamin', Relaxin', Cookin', and Workin'. They account for 11 of the 24 cuts. Ironically, one of Davis' finest outings for the label, Dig: Miles Davis Featuring Sonny Rollins, is represented only by its title track. Likewise curious are the inclusions of John Lewis' "Morpheus," from Miles Davis and Horns, his debut outing for Prestige, the reading of George Russell's "Ezz-Thetic," from the Lee Konitz-led Conception recording, and "Four" from Blue Haze. Other cuts are taken from the New Miles Quintet, The Musings of Miles, Collector's Items, Bags' Groove, and Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants offerings. The earlier material doesn't hold up to the Quintet and New Quintet sides, and the cuts from the Collectors' Items disc are debatable choices, even if Ashley Khan's fine liner notes make a case for their inclusion. This is a decent but far from definitive introduction to Miles Davis on Prestige.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/05/2011
Label:
Prestige
UPC:
0888072327627
catalogNumber:
32762
Rank:
105877

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Performance Credits

Miles Davis   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Billy Bauer   Guitar
Walter Bishop   Piano
Tommy Flanagan   Piano
Red Garland   Piano
Milt Jackson   Vibes
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Lee Konitz   Leader,Alto Saxophone
John Lewis   Piano
Oscar Pettiford   Bass
Max Roach   Drums
Sonny Rollins   Tenor Saxophone
Horace Silver   Piano
Art Taylor   Drums
Lucky Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Sal Mosca   Piano
Tommy Potter   Bass
Percy Heath   Bass
Art Blakey   Drums
Paul Chambers   Bass
Kenny Clarke   Drums
John Coltrane   Tenor Saxophone
Bennie Green   Trombone
Roy Haynes   Drums
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Jackie McLean   Alto Saxophone
Thelonious Monk   Piano
Charlie Parker   Tenor Saxophone
Dave Schildkraut   Alto Saxophone
Arnold Fishkind   Bass

Technical Credits

Dave Brubeck   Composer
Miles Davis   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Milt Jackson   Composer
John Lewis   Composer
Sonny Rollins   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
George Russell   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Ashley Kahn   Liner Notes
Richard Carpenter   Composer

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