272

Miles Davis: 'Round About Midnight (Legacy Edition)

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
Miles Davis: 'Round About Midnight (Legacy Edition) Music this good requires reissue and invites special packaging. Most of the material on the second disc of the Legacy Edition of 'Round About Midnight, however, has never been released before. So, we are met with pleasant surprises along with a reissue of some of Miles Davis' greatest music. In all, this double CD brings us Davis at his best in 1955-56, while his stellar quintet, including John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones, reminds us why they were on top of the world.

Trumpet, tenor saxophone, and piano take turns soloing on tracks from the original LP and several others that originated from the same recording sessions. Disc one, first released in late 2001, features Davis' pure, open tone as well as his trademark muted refrains. As the album's original liner notes correctly proclaim, Davis' quintet was "one of the best post-bop jazz groups in the country today." They're reprinted in this package along with Bob Blumenthal's 2001 liner notes, updated 2005 liner notes that address the second CD, and much more.

Disc two starts off with a July 1955 arrangement of "'Round Midnight" that features a different group of sidemen—Thelonious Monk, Percy Heath, Connie Kay, Zoot Sims and Gerry Mulligan—giving this particular track a vastly different sound. Both saxophonists remain far in the background, but it's a chance for Davis and Monk to interact and interpret Monk's tune accordingly.

Gene Norman introduces the other six selections on disc two, which were recorded live in Pasadena on February 18, 1956 for a concert performance that featured other bands as well. While Davis' quintet was in fine form for each selection, the recorded sound isn't as good as their studio recordings. Still, we have a chance to experience the work of this stellar quintet as it explores classic bebop tunes from the stage.

Davis can be heard briefly conversing with Gene Norman as "It Never Entered My Mind" is introduced. His raspy voice, as well as the superb music that he brought us over many decades, will never be forgotten.


Track Listing: CD1: Round Midnight; Ah-Leu-Cha; All Of You; Bye Bye Blackbird; Tadd's Delight; Dear Old Stockholm; Two Bass Hit; Little Melonae; Budo; Sweet Sue, Just You. CD2: 'Round Midnight; Chance It; Walkin'; It Never Entered My Mind; Woody 'n' You; Salt Peanuts; The Theme.

Personnel: Miles Davis: trumpet; John Coltrane: tenor saxophone; Red Garland: piano; Paul Chambers: bass; Philly Joe Jones: drums. On CD2, track 1: Miles Davis: trumpet; Zoot Sims: tenor saxophone; Gerry Mulligan: baritone saxophone; Thelonious Monk: piano; Percy Heath: bass; Connie Kay: drums.

Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Sony BMG Legacy | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Northern Adventures CD/LP/Track Review Northern Adventures
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 28, 2017
Read Collider CD/LP/Track Review Collider
by John Sharpe
Published: February 28, 2017
Read Eos CD/LP/Track Review Eos
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 28, 2017
Read More Than This CD/LP/Track Review More Than This
by Henning Bolte
Published: February 28, 2017
Read Road to Forever CD/LP/Track Review Road to Forever
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Avenida Graham CD/LP/Track Review Avenida Graham
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 27, 2017
Read "My Scandinavian Blues: A Tribute to Horace Parlan" CD/LP/Track Review My Scandinavian Blues: A Tribute to Horace Parlan
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: June 12, 2016
Read "Daylight Ghosts" CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Troy Dostert
Published: February 5, 2017
Read "Nuit Blanche" CD/LP/Track Review Nuit Blanche
by John Kelman
Published: February 14, 2017
Read "Northern Adventures" CD/LP/Track Review Northern Adventures
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 28, 2017
Read "From Here to There" CD/LP/Track Review From Here to There
by Mark F. Turner
Published: September 11, 2016
Read "The Quest: Live at the A.P.C." CD/LP/Track Review The Quest: Live at the A.P.C.
by Jim Trageser
Published: February 14, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!