Q - 5/99, p.1264 Stars (out of 5)
- "...The master of the art, Davis could push an entire universe of fragility into a simple love song and play the trumpet with such disarming candour it hurt..."
Personnel: Miles Davis (trumpet); Gil Evans (conductor, arranger); Lee Konitz, Cannonball Adderly (alto saxophone); George Coleman, Hank Mobley, John Coltrane (tenor saxophone); Ernie Royal, Bernie Glow, Louis Mucci, Taft Jordan, John Carisi, Johnnie Coles (trumpet); Frank Rehak, Jimmy Cleveland, Joe Bennett, Dick Hixon (trombone); Willie Ruff, Tony Miranda, Julius Watkins, Gunther Schuller (French horn); Bill Barber (tuba); Romeo Penque (flute, alto flute, clarinet, bass clarinet); Jerome Richardson (flute, alto flute, clarinet); Sid Cooper (flute, clarinet); Danny Bank (bass clarinet); Victor Feldman, Wynton Kelly, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock (piano); Ron Carter, Paul Chambers (bass); Frank Butler, Jimmy Cobb, Tony Williams (drums).
Producers: Teo Macero, George Avakian, Cal Lampley.
Compilation producers: Seth Rothstein, Bob Belden.
Recorded at CBS Studios, Hollywood, California on April 16 & 17, 1963; Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York, New York between May 10, 1957 and March 21, 1961; live at Philharmonic Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, New York on February 12, 1964.
Digitally remastered by Seth Foster (Sony Music Studios, New York, New York).
Personnel: Miles Davis (trumpet).
Photographer: David Redfern.
Miles Davis cut his teeth as a jazzman learning the chops-busting, blistering heads of bebop beside mentors Bird and Diz. But mid-tempo tunes and ballads suited this protean improviser's temperament more readily and set the musical terrain where he was to hone his unique trumpet voice. On sumptuous, lilting tunes like "Stella By Starlight," "Someday My Prince Will Come" and "I Loves You Porgy," Miles caresses melodies with the lyricism of a romantic poet in an ideal, after-hours set.
Talk about picking the right notes--if there is a more hauntingly poignant and beautiful sound in all of jazz than when Miles holds onto a single aching tone, it has not yet been recorded. As usual he keeps the best of company in the studio and on stage. John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock and Gil Evans, for example, are on hand for many of these tracks.