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Miles Davis: Chronicle- The Complete Prestige Recordings 1951-1956 (CD: Concord, 8 CDs)Miles Davis: Chronicle- The Complete Prestige Recordings 1951-1956 (CD: Concord, 8 CDs)
Across 8 discs presented in a rigid lift off lid box, this set contains the 17 recording sessions made between 1951 and late 1956 by the extraordinary trumpeter, leader, composer, and perpetual catalyst - Miles Davis. Featured in this collection are some of the most influential Jazz artists of all time including Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, Lee Konitz, as well as the original Davis Quintet: John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones.

This package also contains a 64-page illustrated booklet that includes rare photographs, full discographical details, and an extensive essay as well as a detailed analysis of each session by Dan Morgenstern, Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University. (Universal Music) 


Price:  £52.99 


Miles Davis & Sonny Rollins: The Classic Prestige Sessions 1951-1956 (CD: Prestige, 2 CDs)
In the early 1950s Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins developed a friendship and working relationship that produced some of the best and most important jazz of that decade, and were then propelled, each in his separate orbit, to musical triumphs into the Sixties and beyond. The two CD set includes new liner notes of memories and reflections from Ira Gitler. (Concord Music Group) 


Price:  £16.99 

Miles Davis & Sonny Rollins: The Classic Prestige Sessions 1951-1956 (CD: Prestige, 2 CDs)


Miles Davis: Dig (CD: Prestige- US Import)Miles Davis: Dig (CD: Prestige- US Import)
 


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Miles Davis: The Musings Of Miles (CD: Prestige RVG)
 


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Miles Davis: The Musings Of Miles (CD: Prestige RVG)


Miles Davis Quintet: Miles (CD: Prestige- US Import)Miles Davis Quintet: Miles (CD: Prestige- US Import)
 


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Miles Davis and Horns (CD: Prestige- US Import)
 


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Miles Davis and Horns (CD: Prestige- US Import)


Miles Davis: Blue Moods (CD: Debut- US Import)Miles Davis: Blue Moods (CD: Debut- US Import)
 


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Miles Davis All Stars: Walkin' (CD: Prestige RVG)
This contains two of the classic Miles Davis sessions of 1954 which made all the critics who hailed his appearance at the 1955 Newport Jazz Festival a "comeback" seem like a pack of Rip Van Winkles. "Walkin'" and "Blue 'n' Boogie" are quintessential blues jams with all the pluses and none of the minuses of that genre. The solos by Davis, J.J. Johnson, Lucky Thompson, and Horace Silver are electric and the ensemble punches powerfully. The date with Bird-fancier Davey Schildkraut finds Miles's magic mute materializing in front of the fine Silver/Percy Heath/Kenny Clarke rhythm section. (Fantasy, Inc.)

Seminal reassessment of materials and devices of modernist bebop, with a 1954 Davis session involving trombonist J.J. Johnson, saxists Lucky Thompson and Dave Schildkraut, and top rhythm team of Horace Silver (piano), Percy Heath (bass) and founder of modern jazz drumming, Kenny Clarke. Classic materials, too: blues vehicles, for extended improvisation and riffing, in "Walkin' " and "Blue 'n' Boogie," and ballad standards, "You Don't Know What Love Is" and "Love Me or Leave Me." Pianist Dick Katz rightly called the session "an amazing seminar," a summation of the preceding ten years in modern jazz. Recommended. (Andrew Clark, Editor, Riffs & Choruses: A New Jazz Anthology. Continuum Publishing.)  


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Miles Davis All Stars: Walkin' (CD: Prestige RVG)


Miles Davis: Bags Groove (CD: Prestige- US Import)Miles Davis: Bags Groove (CD: Prestige- US Import)
Beginning of Davis' mature trumpet style here, in two sessions from 1954. Jazz "giants" Milt Jackson (vibes) and Thelonious Monk (piano) accompany on minor blues highlight, "Bag's Groove"; Sonny Rollins (tenor-sax) and Horace Silver (piano) on three Rollins originals and the standard "But Not for Me." Expert rhythm combination of bassist Percy Heath and drummer Kenny Clarke---then co-members of the M.J.Q.---support throughout. This significant album shows consolidation of modern jazz style after earlier bebop experiments; it suggests why Davis was such an individual and influential voice. "Like a man walking on eggshells" (Whitney Balliett) (Andrew Clark, Editor, Riffs & Choruses: A New Jazz Anthology. Continuum Publishing.) 


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Miles Davis: And The Modern Jazz Giants (CD: Prestige- US Import)
'God Bless Thomas Edison' said pianist Dick Katz once in praise of recording unrepeatable events like this. Half of Bags Groove and most of this album consist of the unforgettable Christmas Eve session from 1954, one shrouded in mystery and controversy. Rumours abound about Miles' distraction by Monk's accompaniments, the latter disgruntled by being told to lay out during the trumpeter's solos and a subsequent punch up. However, the two takes of The Man I Love, the first one preceded by some interesting verbal exchanges, and the second containing Monk's failed attempt to spread the melody over more bars than was possible, is priceless.  


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Miles Davis: And The Modern Jazz Giants (CD: Prestige- US Import)


Miles Davis: Blue Haze (CD: Prestige- US Import)Miles Davis: Blue Haze (CD: Prestige- US Import)
Like a number of Prestige albums from the early fifties, 'Blue Haze' is assembled from music recorded at different sessions, these dating from 1953-4. The blues of the title track was taped, under Miles' instruction, with the studio lights turned off, the 'haze' illuminated only by the control booth's dim lighting. Horace Silver (Davis' new discovery on piano), Percy Heath and Art Blakey are in fine form and the album is also notable for the first appearance of the tune 'Four'.

'I'll Remember April' is from a spring '54 date (mostly covered on the album 'Walkin') and adds the enigmatic alto of Parker imitator Davey Schildkraut. Rumoured to have been an unwelcome addition to the group, his fragmented, bird-like solo, accompanied by Kenny Clarke's impeccable brush work, is (for this listener) a highlight of a very enjoyable record from a year of inspired Miles waxings for the label.  


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Miles Davis with Milt Jackson: Quintet/ Sextet (CD: Prestige- US Import)
Recorded in the summer of 1955, this session was a half-year after the famed meeting of Davis and Jackson with Thelonious Monk on Christmas Eve 1954. The special chemistry of Miles and Milt is further enhanced on the two numbers written by Jackie McLean where the composer's alto saxophone makes the group a sextet. McLean is yet another of the young talents fostered by Davis. Ray Bryant, in his introduction to a wider jazz audience, is also represented by one tune. The second number is Thad Jones. (Fantasy, Inc.) 


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Miles Davis with Milt Jackson: Quintet/ Sextet (CD: Prestige- US Import)


Miles Davis Quintet: Cookin' With..(CD: Prestige RVG)Miles Davis Quintet: Cookin' With..(CD: Prestige RVG)
"Cookin'," "Steamin'," "Workin'," and "Relaxin'," are terms used to describe "in-the-groove" jazz blowing and the titles of albums made by trumpeter Miles Davis in the 1950s. In 1955, Davis formed his great quintet, with John Coltrane (tenor sax), Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), and Philly Joe Jones (drums.) "Cookin" and "Relaxin' " (both 1956) feature boppish originals and jazz "ballad" standards, and demonstrate a group cohesion and interaction probably unsurpassed since Louis Armstrong's 1920s Hot Five recordings. Jazz writer Ralph Gleason once wrote of the quintet's "intuitive creative dynamic"---jazz of a special and classic kind here, the interaction of Davis and Coltrane, and the working of a superlative rhythm section. For some of us out there, early Miles gives the most smiles. (Andrew Clark, Editor, Riffs & Choruses: A New Jazz Anthology. Continuum Publishing.) 


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Miles Davis Quintet: Relaxin' With..(CD: Prestige RVG)
The second to be issued in the classic series of Davis quintet LPs in the mid-1950s, this is yet another helping of that quintessential group's output from one day's marathon recording session. It demonstrates Miles's mastery with a mute (he only plays open on Dizzy Gillespie's "Woody'n You"); the emerging talent of the young John Coltrane; and the subtlety and strength of the rhythm section, headed by pianist Red Garland. (Fantasy, Inc.) 


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Miles Davis Quintet: Relaxin' With..(CD: Prestige RVG)


Miles Davis Quintet: Steamin' With (CD: Prestige RVG)Miles Davis Quintet: Steamin' With (CD: Prestige RVG)
 


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Miles Davis Quintet: Workin' With..(CD: Prestige RVG)
 


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Miles Davis Quintet: Workin' With..(CD: Prestige RVG)

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