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The Essential Collection [West End]
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Album: The Essential Collection [West End]
# Song Title   Time
1)    When Lights Are Low
2)    Tune Up
3)    Miles Ahead
4)    Smooch
5)    Four
6)    Old Devil Moon
7)    Blue Haze
8)    Solar
9)    You Don't Know What Love Is
10)    Love Me or Leave Me
11)    I'll Remember April
12)    Blue 'n' Boogie
13)    Walkin'
14)    Airegin
1)    Oleo
2)    But Not for Me - (Take 1)
3)    Doxy
4)    Bag's Groove - (Take 2)
5)    Bemsha Swing
6)    Swing Spring
7)    Man I Love, The - (Take 2)
8)    Nature Boy
9)    Alone Together
10)    There's No You
11)    Easy Living
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Miles Davis (trumpet); Dave Schildkraut (alto saxophone); Lucky Thompson, Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone); Charles Mingus (baritone saxophone, piano); Percy Heath (baritone saxophone); J.J. Johnson , Britt Woodman (trombone); John Richard Lewis, Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk (piano); Milt Jackson, Teddy Charles (vibraphone); Elvin Jones, Kenny Clarke, Max Roach, Art Blakey (drums).
  • Audio Remasterer: Dave Bennett .
  • Liner Note Author: Richard Palmer.
  • Recording information: Hackensack, NJ (05/19/1953-07/09/1955); New York, NY (05/19/1953-07/09/1955).
  • During the time period of 1953-1955, post-Birth of the Cool and pre-collaborations with John Coltrane, Miles Davis was the undisputed King of Hard Bop. These studio sessions, reissued from the Prestige Records vaults, capture a short span when Miles, it could be said, was truly in his prime. All of the 25 cuts on the two-CD set are solid examples of the trumpet sound Davis was brandishing and burnishing, with substantial help on select tracks from the likes of Sonny Rollins, John Lewis, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Milt Jackson, and J.J. Johnson. Each disc is filled to the brim with nearly 80 minutes of music, making this ample collection well worth your while at an affordable price. ~ Michael G. Nastos
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