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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/13/2006
Label: Prestige
UPC: 0888072300088
catalogNumber: 30008
Rank: 76100

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miles Davis All-Stars   Primary Artist
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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