Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Miles Davis in a Box
I need to get back in touch with my masthead. Miles Davis is at the center of it all, I announce. Well, why? The great Miles Davis box sets have the answer. I began my serious jazz recording with the first Miles Davis Quintet. Workin', Cookin', Steamin' and Relaxin'. I still think that this is one of the most successful bodies of work in modern jazz.
All four recordings and a lot of extra stuff is included in the Legendary Prestige Quintet Recordings. This is a box you want next to the stereo. I am playing my single favorite cut from the box: 'My Funny Valentine.' The Quintet includes Miles and John Coltrane, along with the most famous rhythm section in modern jazz: Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums.
I'll be posting more on Miles. Enjoy.