Miles Davis – Basic Miles

More Miles Davis

More Eat To The Beat

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  • Insanely good Classic Jazz sound for this wonderful Miles Davis collection, with both sides rating Triple Plus (A+++) 
  • The nine minute plus Green Dolphin Street that opens side two has some of the coolest jazz you will ever hear, on any record, at any price
  • If you want to know what the best copies of Kind of Blue sound like, this pressing will tell you, because it has that sound
  • We’re talking Bill Evans, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley in their prime, 1958, with top 1958 sound to match

Want to know how good our Hot Stamper Kind of Blue pressings sound? Listen to this very record. If you play the tracks that were recorded in 1958, the year before Kind of Blue, you will hear practically the same lineup of musicians.

That means Stella By Starlight and Little Melonae on side one, and Green Dolphin Street and Fran-Dance (Put Your Little Foot Right Out) on side two. We’re talking Bill Evans, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley in their prime, 1958, with top 1958 sound to match.

The nine minute plus Green Dolphin Street that opens side two is nothing short of amazing, some of the coolest jazz you will ever hear, on any record, at any price. With Fran Dance on the same side, that gives you about 17 minutes of great sounding jazz by Miles’ classic Kind of Blue lineup.

Side one has the same cats playing for more than 12 minutes. By my calculation that’s close to another album’s worth of material from the group. The rest of the material on this compilation is best seen as gravy; maybe not essential, but never less than interesting.

What do the better Hot Stamper pressings like this one give you?

  • Energy for starters. What could be more important than the life of the music?
  • The Big Sound comes next — wall to wall, lots of depth, huge space, three-dimensionality, all that sort of thing.
  • Then transient information — fast, clear, sharp attacks for the horns and drums, not the smear and thickness so common to most LPs.
  • Tight, note-like bass with clear fingering — which ties in with good transient information, as well as the issue of frequency extension further down.
  • Next: transparency — the quality that allows you to hear deep into the soundfield, showing you the space and air around all the players.
  • Then: presence and immediacy. The musicians aren’t “back there” somewhere, way behind the speakers. They’re front and center where any recording engineer worth his salt would have put them.
  • Extend the top and bottom and voila, you have The Real Thing — an honest to goodness Hot Stamper.

The Players

Alto Saxophone – Julian “Cannonball” Adderley* (tracks: B1, B3), Lee Konitz (tracks: A5) 
Bass – Paul Chambers (3) 
Bass Clarinet – Danny Bank (tracks: A5) 
Drums – “Philly” Joe Jones (tracks: A1, A3, A4, B2), Art Taylor (tracks: A5), Jimmy Cobb (tracks: A2, B1, B3, B4) 
Flugelhorn – Miles Davis (tracks: B5) 
Piano – Bill Evans (tracks: A2, B1), Red Garland (tracks: A1, A4, B2), Wynton Kelly (tracks: B3) 
Tenor Saxophone – John Coltrane (tracks: A1 to A4, B1 to B3), Wayne Shorter (tracks: B4) 
Trombone – Frank Rehak (tracks: A5, B4), Jimmy Cleveland (tracks: A5), Joe Bennett* (tracks: A5) 
Trombone [Bass] – Tom Mitchell* (tracks: A5) 
Trumpet – Bernie Glow (tracks: A5), Ernie Royal (tracks: A5), John Carisi (tracks: A5), Louis R. Mucci (tracks: A5), Miles Davis (Taft Jordan (tracks: A5) 
Tuba – Bill Barber (tracks: A5) 

TRACK LISTING

Side One

A1 Budo
Bass – Paul Chambers
Drums – “Philly” Joe Jones
Piano – Red Garland
Tenor Saxophone – John Coltrane

A2 Stella By Starlight
Bass – Paul Chambers
Drums – Jimmy Cobb
Piano – Bill Evans
Tenor Saxophone – John Coltrane

A3 Sweet Sue, Just You
Arranged By – Teo Macero
Bass – Paul Chambers
Drums – “Philly” Joe Jones
Piano – Red Garland
Tenor Saxophone – John Coltrane

A4 Little Melonae
Bass – Paul Chambers
Drums – “Philly” Joe Jones
Piano – Red Garland
Tenor Saxophone – John Coltrane

A5 Miles Ahead
Orchestra – Gil Evans

Side Two

B1 On Green Dolphin Street
Alto Saxophone – Cannonball Adderley
Bass – Paul Chambers
Drums – Jimmy Cobb
Piano – Bill Evans
Tenor Saxophone – John Coltrane

B2 ´Round Midnight
Bass – Paul Chambers
Drums – “Philly” Joe Jones
Piano – Red Garland
Tenor Saxophone – John Coltrane

B3 Fran-Dance (Put Your Little Foot Right Out)
Alto Saxophone – Cannonball Adderley
Bass – Paul Chambers
Drums – Jimmy Cobb
Piano – Wynton Kelly
Tenor Saxophone – John Coltrane

B4 Devil May Care
Bass – Paul Chambers
Drums – Jimmy Cobb
Percussion – William Correa
Tenor Saxophone – Wayne Shorter
Trombone – Frank Rehak