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Miles Davis & The Modern Jazz GiantsThe Complete, Historic, All-Star Recording Session Of Decemeber 24, 1954. Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants is an album recorded by Miles Davis, for Prestige Records. Most of the album comes from a session on December 24th 1954, but 'Round Midnight is from the sessions by Davis's new quintet in 1956 which resulted in Steamin' with the Miles Davis Quintet and three other albums to fulfill Davis's contract with Prestige.
The 1954 session is notable as the only time Thelonious Monk made a studio recording with Davis - the two men did not get on well, as Davis felt Monk ought to be laying out (refraining from playing) during the trumpeter's solos. Ira Gitler, who was present at the session and wrote the sleeve notes for the album, dispels the myth that the two men confronted each other physically, but there was argument throughout the session. The first take of The Man I Love has a false start caused by Monk asking when he should start playing, and an exasperated Davis telling engineer Rudy Van Gelder, Hey Rudy, put this on the record, man - all of it!.1. Bags' Groove(Take 1)
2. Bags' Groove(Take 2)
3. Bemsha Swing
4. The Man I Love(Take 1)
5. The Man I Love(Take 2)
6. Swing Spring$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Miles Davis And The Modern Jazz GiantsHere are tracks from one of the truly classic sessions, in which a combination of jazz giants gathered in Rudy Van
Gelder's studio on a chilly Christmas Eve in 1954. With Thelonious Monk and three quarters of the Modern Jazz
Quartet (Jackson, Heath, and Clarke) as his accomplices, Miles Davis blends sophisticated harmonic knowledge
with raw, spontaneous invention to produce extraordinary music. This is a strong addition to any jazz collection.1. The Man I Love [Take 2]
2. Swing Spring
3. 'Round Midnight
4. Bemsha Swing
5. The Man I Love [Take 1]$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Giant Steps (Mono Remaster)Mono Remaster
History will undoubtedly enshrine this disc as a watershed the likes of which may never truly be appreciated. Giant Steps bore the double-edged sword of furthering the cause of the music as well as delivering it to an increasingly mainstream audience.
Although this was John Coltrane's debut for Atlantic, he was concurrently performing and recording with Miles Davis. Within the space of less than three weeks, Coltrane would complete his work with Davis and company on another genre-defining disc, Kind of Blue, before commencing his efforts on this one.
Coltrane (tenor sax) is flanked by essentially two different trios. Recording commenced in early May of 1959 with a pair of sessions that featured Tommy Flanagan (piano) and Art Taylor (drums), as well as Paul Chambers -- who was the only band member other than Coltrane to have performed on every date. When recording resumed in December of that year, Wynton Kelly (piano) and Jimmy Cobb (drums) were instated -- replicating the lineup featured on Kind of Blue, sans Miles Davis of course.
At the heart of these recordings, however, is the laser-beam focus of Coltrane's tenor solos. All seven pieces issued on the original Giant Steps are likewise Coltrane compositions. He was, in essence, beginning to rewrite the jazz canon with material that would be centered on solos -- the 180-degree antithesis of the art form up to that point. These arrangements would create a place for the solo to become infinitely more compelling. This would culminate in a frenetic performance style that noted jazz journalist Ira Gitler accurately dubbed sheets of sound. Coltrane's polytonal torrents extricate the amicable and otherwise cordial solos that had begun decaying the very exigency of the genre -- turning it into the equivalent of easy listening.
He wastes no time as the disc's title track immediately indicates a progression from which there would be no looking back. Line upon line of highly cerebral improvisation snake between the melody and solos, practically fusing the two. The resolute intensity of Countdown does more to modernize jazz in 141 seconds than many artists do in their entire careers. Tellingly, the contrasting and ultimately pastoral Naima was the last tune to be recorded, and is the only track on the original long-player to feature the Kind of Blue quartet. What is lost in tempo is more than recouped in intrinsic melodic beauty.
- Lindsay Planer (AllMusic.com)1. Giant Steps (Mono Version)
2. Cousin Mary (Mono Version)
3. Countdown (Mono Version)
4. Spiral (Mono Version)
5. Syeeda's Song Flute (Mono Version)
6. Naima (Mono Version)
7. Mr. P.C. (Mono Version)$21.99Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-PRE-7109xMiles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants
Bags' Groove (take 1)
Bags' Groove (take 2)
But Not For Me (take 2)
But Not For Me (take 1)$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now