The Bebop Shop : Miles Ahead: Miles Davis & John Coltrane : Birth Of The Cool: Early Miles & with Gil Evans
Contains an amazing quartet version of Embraceable You by Miles and the rhythm section, and the trumpeters only existing reading of Thelonious Monks Eronel. This music documents Miles in his transition from bebop to cool. (Discovery Records) Price: £11.99
The June 2 and September 29, 1951 broadcasts from Birdland have appeared over the years on a variety of bootlegs. The February 17, 1951 is made available for the first time anywhere. (Blue Note Records) Price: £8.99
Though a commercial disaster at the time, Davis's nonet from 1949-50 became legendary once all the (relatively brief) tracks, cut as 78s, were assembled as an album in 1957. Miles played with more confidence than he had previously with Charlie Parker and, harnessed to some fine arrangements from the likes of Gerry Mulligan and John Lewis, this is a classic.
A BEBOP SHOP MILESTONE- An essential recording for your jazz CD shelf Price: £8.99
First of 2-vol. remastered Blue Note sessions from early 1950s. Davis leads a 1952 sextet of Jay Jay Johnson (trombone), Jackie McLean (alto-sax), Gil Coggins (piano), Oscar Pettiford (bass) and Kenny Clarke (drums). Material is mostly re-worked bop compositions ("Chance It," "Donna," "Woody 'N' You"), with alternate takes, and ballads. Davis is in much sharper form in 1954, in a quartet with pianist Horace Silver, bassist Percy Heath and drummer Art Blakey. An interest in modal style and space previews Davis's late-50s recordings -- aspects suggested in titles like "Take Off," "The Leap," and the altered blues, "Weirdo." Interesting, interim period in Davis's development, between his "birth of the cool" phase and the later, innovative work with John Coltrane. (Andrew Clark, Editor, Riffs & Choruses: A New Jazz Anthology. Continuum Publishing.) Price: £8.99
Limited Edition, 180g Pressing. Price: £21.99
Vol. 2 of 1950s mix of then current bop pieces and new compositions -- with alternate takes -- from trumpeter Davis. This 1953 session offers a fine sextet in Jimmy Heath (tenor-sax), Jay Jay Johnson (trombone), Gil Coggins (piano), Percy Heath (bass) and Art Blakey (drums). Older titles like "Ray's Idea" and "Tempus Fugit" are associated with bopsters Dizzy Gillespie and Bud Powell, while "Kelo," "Enigma" and "C.T.A." are newer contributions. Davis, in the throes of drug addiction, was yet to put his health and career in order, but this is nevertheless a very good session -- especially its tight ensemble work -- with emerging modernists Johnson and Blakey quite outstanding. (Andrew Clark, Editor, Riffs & Choruses: A New Jazz Anthology. Continuum Publishing.) Price: £8.99
A BEBOP SHOP MILESTONE- An essential recording for your jazz CD shelf Price: £9.99
180g pressing. Price: £18.99
'Gil Evans scored Gershwin's masterpiece in glowing terms, using flutes and horns in place of saxes to create a palette of delicacy as well as toughness. Davis rose to the occasion, sounding at his most majestic in the contemplative improvisations on 'Summertime.' (The Penguin Guide To Jazz) Price: £9.99
Davis' control over his instrument is singular, and Evans' conducting is flawless. Also notable are "Saeta," with one of the most amazing technical solos of Davis' career, and the album's closer, "Solea," based on an Andalusian folk song, about a woman who encounters the procession taking Christ to Calvary.
This set includes the original album along with rehearsal and alternate takes previously heard only on the 1996 set Miles Davis & Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings, plus the only piece ever performed live by Miles with Gil -- "Concierto de Aranjuez" performed at Carnegie Hall on May 19, 1961. The package offers rare photos, correspondence, and clippings including the 1960 HiFi/Stereo Review article by Nat Hentoff describing the Nov. 15, 1959 recording session. (Sony Music) Price: £16.99