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The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions by The Miles Davis Quintet (4-CD boxed set)

Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 - September 28, 1991) is ranked as one of the finest jazz trumpet players of the Twentieth Century, and he is considered as one of the greatest jazz trumpet players to ever live. In this memorable collection, which includes three CDs plus a bonus CD of very rare live recordings, the audience can listen to the man who influence almost every form of jazz. He pioneered the jazz motifs of bebop, and hard-bop. He was also a master of the ballad. These sessions start in the beginning of November 1955 and conclude during October 1956.

The box collection includes an illustrated booklet with text, and the box features cover art by Davis. The painting is titled "New York by Night." Also included are five complete musical transcriptions of Miles' solos. The well-written 40-page booklet with annotations is by Bob Blumenthal.

There are 32 selections. Some of the songs included are "Stablemates, "How Am I To Know?," "Four," "Trane's Blues," "My Funny Valentine," "Tune Up," "When lights Are Low," "When I Fall In Love," "It Could Happen To Us," "Surrey With The Fringe On Top," and "Diane."

Disc 4 contains live settings, including two introductions by the late Steve Allen. Some of the songs on this recording are "Walkin,'" "Bye Bye Blackbird," and "It Never Entered My Mind."

Performers with Miles Davis include John Coltrane on tenor saxophone, Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. Each musician gives topnotch performances! These performances are filled with imagination and creativity.

This collection should be in every public library. If your public library has a music section for its listening patrons, please ask the librarian to order the collection for the library. As a gift for yourself, or an intimate friend, this is ideal.

The two sides of Miles Davis can be immediately heard in two songs. Listen to his fiery performance on Oscar Pettiford's "Max Is Making Wax," and the beautifully lyrical rendition of the Rogers and Hart classic, the ballad titled "It Never Entered My Mind."

This is a great collection to own, and share with friends. Highly recommended. Perfect jazz!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: The Miles Davis Quintet (4-CD boxed set)
  • CD Title: The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions
  • Genre: BeBop / Hard Bop
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Concord Music Group
  • Rating: Five Stars
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