233

Miles Davis Quintet: Cookin'

By

Sign in to view read count
Miles Davis dared to be different. Staying true to his lifelong pugilistic passion/inspiration, he shook the jazz world many times throughout his career. To many he is remembered as the Prince Of Darkness, the raspy-voiced and hip-ly dressed maverick that poured out cool licks from his Harmon-muted red trumpet. But, above and beyond his larger-than-life persona and reported irreverence of his later years, Miles Davis remains a rare master of musical form as well as a forward-thinking iconic leader.

Recorded three years before his landmark album Kind Of Blue (Columbia, 1959), Cookin' was part of Davis' remaining five-album commitment to Prestige, recorded a year to the day after Georges Avakian lured him to Columbia in October, 1955. Here, the four tracks have been remastered by Rudy Van Gelder, the session's original engineer.

As with all of Davis' groups, the sidemen's contrasting styles keep each outing interesting and exciting. "My Funny Valentine and "When Lights Are Low exemplify the players' distinct personalities: Red Garland's bouyant bop lines and light-touch lyricism complementing John Coltrane's urging cry. The trumpeter's classic laid-back phrasing, especially on slower tempos, testifies to his appropriation of any melody he played, his own or others.

The unit, supported by the epitome of the bop rhythm section in bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones, swings unflaggingly. The latter's driving snare and ride work on "Tune Up, the album's full-tilt high speed chase, ignite fire under the soloists, redeeming himself, so to speak, from a previous track's false start.

Although one can wonder about the camouflaged splice at the end of one of Coltrane's choruses on "When The Lights Are Low, the saxophonist's intense and soul-searching lines exceedingly supplant this technical imperfection. In fact, the session's spontaneous and authentic qualities are exactly where lays a good portion of the RVG remasters' charm.


Track Listing: My Funny Valentine; Blues By Five; Airegin; Tune-Up/When Lights Are Low.

Personnel: Miles Davis: trumpet; John Coltrane: tenor saxophone (2-4); Red Garland: piano; Paul Chambers: bass; Philly Joe Jones: drums.

Title: Cookin' | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Prestige Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn CD/LP/Track Review Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: November 18, 2017
Read The Princess CD/LP/Track Review The Princess
by Mark Corroto
Published: November 18, 2017
Read Queen City Blues CD/LP/Track Review Queen City Blues
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: November 18, 2017
Read Latin Lover CD/LP/Track Review Latin Lover
by Rob Rosenblum
Published: November 18, 2017
Read Reclamation CD/LP/Track Review Reclamation
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 18, 2017
Read Provenance CD/LP/Track Review Provenance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 17, 2017
Read "Parts Unknown" CD/LP/Track Review Parts Unknown
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: October 25, 2017
Read "Short Notice" CD/LP/Track Review Short Notice
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: September 30, 2017
Read "The Final Concert" CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read "Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk" CD/LP/Track Review Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 10, 2017
Read "Ugly Beautiful" CD/LP/Track Review Ugly Beautiful
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: March 6, 2017
Read "Collider" CD/LP/Track Review Collider
by John Sharpe
Published: February 28, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.

Please support out sponsor