Steamin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (Remastered)

Steamin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (Remastered)

by Miles Davis Quintet


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Although chronologically the last to be issued, this collection includes some of the best performances from the tapes which would produce the albums Cookin', Relaxin', Workin', and ultimately, Steamin'. A primary consideration of these fruitful sessions is the caliber of musicians -- Miles Davis (trumpet), Red Garland (piano), John Coltrane (tenor sax), and Philly Joe Jones (drums) -- who were basically doing their stage act in the studio. As actively performing musicians, the material they are most intimate with would be their live repertoire. Likewise, what more obvious place than a studio is there to capture every inescapable audible nuance of the combo's musical group mind. The end results are consistently astonishing. At the center of Steamin', as with most outings by this band, are the group improvisations which consist of solo upon solo of arguably the sweetest and otherwise most swinging interactions known to have existed between musicians. "Surrey With the Fringe on Top" is passed between the mates like an old joke. Garland compliments threads started by Davis and Coltrane as their seamless interaction yields a stream of strikingly lyrical passages. There are two well-placed nods to fellow bop pioneers Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie on a revision of their "Salt Peanuts." Philly Joe Jones' mimicking cymbal speak -- which replicates Gillespie's original vocals -- is nothing short of genius. This rendition is definitely as crazy and unpredictable here as the original. Thelonious Monk also gets kudos on "Well, You Needn't." This quintet makes short work of the intricacies of the arrangement, adding the double horn lead on the choruses and ultimately redefining this jazz standard. Although there is no original material on Steamin', it may best represent the ability of the Miles Davis quintet to take standards and rebuild them to suit their qualifications.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/07/2007
Label: Prestige
UPC: 0888072301672
catalogNumber: 30167
Rank: 29044

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miles Davis Quintet   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Miles Davis   Trumpet,Track Performer
Red Garland   Piano
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Paul Chambers   Bass
John Coltrane   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Chris Albertson   Liner Notes
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer,Author
Joe Goldberg   Liner Notes,Original Liner Notes
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Don Schlitten   Cover Design,Cover Photo
Bob Weinstock   Producer
Victor Young   Composer
Lew Pollack   Composer
Stuart Kremsky   Reissue Production Assistance
Chris Clough   Reissue Production Assistance
Jason Koransky   Liner Notes

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