Love Songs

Love Songs

by Miles Davis


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Nine examples of Miles Davis caressing a ballad at a slow tempo are included on this 1999 CD, Love Songs. All of the music is easily available elsewhere, but it is interesting to hear the different approaches that the trumpeter could employ in sticking close to a lyrical melody. There are two numbers ("My Ship" and "I Loves You, Porgy") from Davis' collaborations with arranger Gil Evans, selections from his 1961 quintet with Hank Mobley ("I Thought About You" and "Old Folks"), and his groups with George Coleman ("I Fall in Love Too Easily," "Summer Night," and a lengthy "My Funny Valentine"). "Stella by Starlight," by his 1958 super sextet (with John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, and Bill Evans) and Davis' famous version of "Someday My Prince Will Come" (in which his Hank Mobley quintet is joined by guest John Coltrane) are also here. Surprisingly, "'Round Midnight" is absent. Due to the slow tempos and the lack of variety in moods, this set is really designed more for background music than for close listening.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/02/1999
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646585320
catalogNumber: 65853

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miles Davis   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Leader
Cannonball Adderley   Alto Saxophone
Frank Butler   Drums
Ron Carter   Bass
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
George Coleman   Tenor Saxophone
Victor Feldman   Piano
Herbie Hancock   Piano
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Lee Konitz   Alto Saxophone
Hank Mobley   Tenor Saxophone
Jerome Richardson   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Flute
Art Taylor   Drums
Julius Watkins   French Horn
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
Frank Rehak   Trombone
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Joe Bennett   Trombone
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Willie Ruff   French Horn
Danny Bank   Bass Clarinet
Johnny Carisi   Trumpet
Paul Chambers   Bass
John Coltrane   Tenor Saxophone
Sid Cooper   Clarinet,Flute
Gil Evans   Conductor
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Tony Miranda   French Horn
Louis Mucci   Trumpet
Romeo Penque   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet,Alto Flute
Gunther Schuller   French Horn
Dick Hixon   Trombone

Technical Credits

George Avakian   Producer
Gil Evans   Arranger
Cal Lampley   Producer
Teo Macero   Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction

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