Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet

Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet

by Miles Davis QuintetMiles Davis Quintet

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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Workin' is the third in a series of four featuring the classic Miles Davis Quintet: Davis (trumpet), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Red Garland (piano), and Philly Joe Jones (drums). Like its predecessors Cookin' and Relaxin', Workin' is the product of not one -- as mythology would claim -- but two massively productive recording sessions in May and October of 1956, respectively. Contradicting the standard methodology of preparing fresh material for upcoming albums, Davis and company used their far more intimate knowledge of the tunes the quintet was performing live to inform their studio recordings. As was often the case with Davis, the antithesis of the norm is the rule. Armed with some staggering original compositions, pop standards, show tunes, and the occasional jazz cover, Workin' is the quintessence of group participation. Davis, as well as Coltrane, actually contributes compositions as well as mesmerizing performances to the album. The band's interaction on "Four" extends the assertion that suggests this quintet plays with the consistency of a single, albeit ten-armed, musician. One needs listen no further than the stream of solos from Davis, Coltrane, Garland, and Jones, with Paul Chambers chasing along with his rhythmic metronome. Beneath the smoldering bop of "Trane's Blues" are some challenging chord progressions that are tossed from musician to musician with deceptive ease. Chambers' solo stands as one of his defining contributions to this band. In sly acknowledgment to the live shows from which these studio recording sessions were inspired, Davis concludes both sets (read: album sides) with "The Theme" -- a brief and mostly improvised tune -- indicating to patrons that the tab must be settled. In this case, settling the tab might include checking out Steamin', the final Miles Davis Quintet recording to have been culled from these historic sessions.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/01/1995
Label: Ojc
UPC: 0025218029612
catalogNumber: 296
Rank: 4653

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miles Davis Quintet   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Miles Davis   Trumpet,Track Performer,Group Member
Red Garland   Piano,Group Member
Milt Jackson   Vibes
Philly Joe Jones   Drums,Group Member
Sonny Rollins   Tenor Saxophone
Horace Silver   Piano
Percy Heath   Bass
Paul Chambers   Bass
Kenny Clarke   Drums
John Coltrane   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Thelonious Monk   Piano

Technical Credits

Esmond Edwards   Cover Photo
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer,Author
Joe Goldberg   Liner Notes
Jack Maher   Liner Notes
Nick Phillips   Reissue Producer
Bob Weinstock   Producer
Stuart Kremsky   Reissue Production Assistance
Del Costello   Executive Producer

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