Miles Davis: Jazz At The Plaza
Bill Evans, Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane provided impressive solo work at the session. Davis led his ensemble through some of the best improvisation jazz has ever seen. It makes you wonder. Which band was better: the earlier Miles Davis Quintet or his sextet? Which year do we hold most dear: 1957 or 1958?
”My Funny Valentine” slows the tempo some and makes room for sensitive soloing, particularly from Evans. Davis improvises a muted solo that had to come from his gut. Quite unlike Chet Baker, Davis would exude from-the-soul emotion and deliver a fresh interpretation every time. The songs average ten minutes, allowing plenty of solo time from this all-star edition of the Miles Davis Sextet. Every reminiscing trip through the Davis archives is a pleasant one.
Track Listing: If I Were a Bell; Oleo; My Funny Valentine; Straight, No Chaser.
Personnel: Miles Davis- trumpet; Cannonball Adderley- alto saxophone; John Coltrane- tenor saxophone; Bill Evans- piano; Paul Chambers- bass; Jimmy Cobb- drums.
Record Label: Columbia Records