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The Best of Miles Davis & John Coltrane (1955-1961) [Original recording remastered]

Miles Davis, John ColtraneAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (April 17, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1955
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00005B58V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,416 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Two Bass Hit
2. Dear Old Stockholm
3. Bye Bye Blackbird
4. 'Round Midnight
5. Straight, No Chaser (Alternate Take)
6. Milestones
7. So What
8. Blue In Green
9. Some Day My Prince Will Come

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79 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you can afford it, get the original albums! April 19, 2001
By J. Lund
Format:Audio CD
Every track on this CD is a gem. However, if your budget allows, either purchase the boxed set (there is virtually no filler!), or at least pick up KIND OF BLUE, 'ROUND ABOUT MIDNIGHT, and MILESTONES (the three albums that comprise nearly all of the tracks on this compilation). These Miles Davis CDs maintain a standard of brilliance from the first note to the last...why settle for anything less? THE BEST OF... is recommended if you really feel a one-disc sampling of this period is sufficient, although it's difficult to imagine buying this and not wanting more!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Selected Recordings of Sheer Brilliance! April 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
If you're new to Jazz, you need to own this CD as a great introductory primer to the art. If you're an old hand at Jazz, you need to own this CD to remind you really quickly just how great this art is....in case you've forgotten. Definitely worth picking up for the wonderful packaging, awesome liner notes, and great mastering. But most of all- for the magic of Miles Davis and John Coltrane, et al! This music makes you feel good to be alive! Highly recommended.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding (in the eyes of 15 year old jazz fanatic) December 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
In a world of overpriced and mediocre music, Best of Miles Davis and John Coltrane is a shining light. Although I recommend the full set titled Miles Davis and John Coltrane: The Complete Columbia Recordings, a less expensive but still extroadinary album can be found in this product. This collection features the most outstanding Trane solo on Someday My Prince Will Come, exceptional lyricism on Round Midnight and blazingly fast excitement on tracks such the rare alternate take of Sraight, No Chaser, a true American anthem. Keep yourself groovin' on the way to work with Best of Miles and John
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Miles Davis collection. July 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Miles Davis and John Coltrane, musically, were made for each other. One already a legend, the other soon-to-be, this is a heckuva pair. Add Cannonball Aderly, Philly Joe Jones, Red Garland and Paul Chambers and you have the best ensemble jazz ever saw. Plus we get half 'Round About Midnight and Milestones, as well as works of jazz expertise So What, Blue in Green, and Someday My Prince Will Come. Let's also not forget Straight, No Chaser, Milestones, 'Round Midnight and Bye Bye Blackbird. Buy it today.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent CD May 31, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The Best of Miles Davis / John Coltrane (1955-1961) takes a chronological look back at some of the best-loved tracks from the box set. In addition to the material on the albums above, this CD also brings in "So What" and "Blue in Green" from Miles' jazz masterpiece, Kind of Blue, and the title track from the 1961 album, "Someday My Prince Will Come," which featured one of the most lyrical solos of Trane's career. Sure, there are loads of tracks that could've been here--"Stella by Starlight" and "On Green Dolphin Street" quickly come to mind. But it's hard to dispute the tracks that are on the CD. Even after all these years, Miles & Coltrane remain one of the most powerful and important pairings in jazz history.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles Davis Quintet years July 22, 2011
By Jerlaw
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've heard all this stuff before, but wanted a compilation, & this fit the bill. The years from 1955-1961 were the Miles Davis Quintet years & John Coltrane was a huge part of that. Amazon tells you what tunes are on this CD, samples of each tune as well, so there's no use my talking about them. As a jazz lover The Miles Davis Quintet was a huge influence on me

I guess if I had to pick one tune, typical of Miles & Coltrane it is "Bye Bye Blackbird." It demonstrates just what a giant of a jazz musician can do with such a simple tune.
"Blue in Green" was a milestone (forgive the pun) in what is now called "Modal Jazz. All modal jazz is, is bebop with fewer chord changes. It was made in 1959. It was a milestone the same as Herbie Hancocks' "Maiden Voyage." But it still all springs from the bebop era of Charlie Parker (Bird) & Dizzy Gillespie.

"Straight No Chaser" was composed by the great Thelonious Monk, another bebop musician. Monk was schizophrenic, but a genius, & perhaps the greatest jazz composer of all time.

Look, if you like or love jazz, whether you play or are a jazz aficionado, I say buy this album. You won't be sorry.
Oh yeah you'll hear other musicians on these tracks such as Bill Evans & Red Garland (piano); Paul Chambers (Bass); Philly Joe Jones(Drums) just to name a few.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mighty fine August 18, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I'm not one to usually endorse "best of" or "essential" collections as they are usually marketing ploys designed to get consumers to part with more of their money by excluding one or two critical songs. And that's certainly the case here, but guess what? I don't care. The music is so sublime, I can almost forgive the marketing execs who compiled these tunes because what Miles Davis and John Coltrane created was immortal music, and these nine tracks more than demonstrate that fact. I mean, who do they think they're kidding? The audio CD format would have certainly permitted the inclusion of "All Of You," "On Green Dolphin Street," "Stella By Starlight," "All Blues," and Teo." But I don't really need those to appreciate this CD. It stands alone. In other words, the suits at Sony succeeded in spite of themselves.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Certain Times September 25, 2003
Format:Audio CD
There are just certain times after midnight that nothing else will do but a Miles and Coltrane mixer. Like scotch and soda, gin and tonic, vodka and cranberry, these two just glide together. Put some ice in the glass, mix yourself a cocktail, sit back with a companion, or by your lonesome and let the chords and groove chase your early morning blues out the door! The only glaring bump in the buzz is that their wonderfully rendered "My Funny Valentine" is not on this compilation. This is nonetheless all good/
BEK
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