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The Complete Columbia Studio Sessions, 1965-68 [Box set]

Miles Davis, Miles Davis QuintetAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 24, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000062G5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,562 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By 1965 Miles Davis had gone through a handful of stages, from the Birth of the Cool nonet's multihued orchestrations to the development of a hard-bop sound keeled on Davis's midregister wooziness and the band's driving backbone in the "first" great quintet (featuring John Coltrane), to the modal freedom of Kind of Blue. So when the solidly established Davis convened a new quintet, known as his "second" great one, and hired youngsters Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams, it seemed a skewed move. These six CDs show just how creatively and intelligently skewed the move really was. The material here, which has also been reissued on expanded single CDs of the main full-length original LPs (E.S.P., Miles Smiles, Sorcerer, Nefertiti, Miles in the Sky), is immediately and unceasingly startling. Davis & Co. were quickly discarding their live performance practice of playing loads of standards and were further discarding traditional melodic structures for more rigorous harmonic exercises. Shorter in particular, at times the most prolific composer in the band, was advancing his tunes and his solos in equal proportion. The tunes are increasingly sharp-edged and, with Williams driving the band with a categorical balance of abandon and control, loopily energized. Miles blows with tighter and tighter control of his tone even while the band seems to be finding all kinds of expressive freedoms that easily elongate into lengthier studies. Toward the end of this box, you'll hear the seeds of the Miles that went on to unloose Bitches Brew. Even though the roots of the aggressively electric Miles are in these sessions, there are uncategorizable points of beauty strewn all over the tunes. --Andrew Bartlett

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Miles March 10, 2005
A Kid's Review
Format:Audio CD
Well folks, here it is. This is definately the best box set of Miles Davis. It has one of the best bands in the history of jazz and one of the most famous transition periods of the genre. The set covers the first 5 albums(E.S.P., Miles Smiles, Sorcerer, Nefertiti, Miles in the Sky) of this awesome group plus three songs and an outtake from the beautiful 1968 album, Filles de Kilimanjaro, and three songs from the 1976 archive release, Water Babies. Although all the songs are great, some of the best include: E.S.P, Eighty-One Gingerbread Boy, Footprints, the Sorcerer, Nefertiti, Masquelero, Madness, Filles de Kilimanjaro, Petitis Machins, Tout de Suite, I Have a Dream, and Black Comedy. Probably the best song on the whole set is the final recording of this incredible band which is Filles de Kilimanjaro, recorded on June 21, 1968. Throughout this beautiful song, there is a soft, dreamlike tone and after the theme, Ron Carter plays this beautiful, yet haunting set of notes which are just PERFECT.

One of the great things about this band was that all the members contributed songs and went on to successful careers after this recording(except, unfortunatley bassist Ron Carter). All of the members were at the top of their game. Wayne Shorter was the best saxophonists of all time and if that wasn't enough, he wrote some of the group's most beautiful songs such as Nefertiti, Footprints, and Fall. Herbie Hancock pretty much redefined the jazz piano with his innovative rhythm stylings and impressive solos. The great electric material on the set shows that Hancock was also adventurous(like the rest of the band) and was flexable enough to change. Hancock, too contributed to this awesome song list: Little One, Madness, I Have a Dream, Speak Like a Child, and the Sorcerer.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the Miles Davis Sets July 1, 2001
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This is my favorite of the box sets that I own by Miles. By far, when the package says "complete" it is COMPLETE. Miles Davis never sounded better along with Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, Wayner Shorter providing the sax, and Tony Williams on drums. The set is remastered 20-bit digital and never sounded so silky. You can feel Ron Carter pluck away on the bass hitting you square in the chest. Mr Williams excellent brush/stick work shines. You feel as if you are there. There are 56 tracks to be heard, of which 43 are "master takes" with the other 13 Alternate, Rehearsal, etc. tracks (which, compared to the other sets it a great plus). The cover art on the discs are only complaint is that it was a book like feel. You can't see the disc..they should have made some sort of foldout package was you can lay the discs out in front of you with a seperate book with its materials. However the print is finally done right (see my other reviews on miles davis box sets "w/John Coltrane" & "Gil Evans"). You can read the print without feeling you are going to break the spine. With such beauty (content and packaging) it's no wonder it won a Grammy. If you're asked, "what music would you want to have on a desert island"....this is it!
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars astounding September 24, 2000
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The box set is nothing short of amazing. Mere acolades do it no justice. This musicians and music within the confines of a mere box....
The quintet could not have been more diverse-
Miles, the old school legend who is not old school, who shaped jazz several times already before 1965, knowing he has found THE group..innovative, cool, self-assured, has the jazz world at his feet, but never satisfied to stand around...he has that restless itch again...
Wayne Shorter, the tenor sax player who pushed Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers to new heights of hard bop yet at the same time a sensitive, lyrical player and composer...the cayalyst for change with his writing, the perfect solo foil to Miles..
Herbie Hancock, the young, gifted pianist and composer from Blue Note..already a seasoned session veteran while still in his early 20's..young, gifted, innovative, restless...has played with some of the avant garde and "New Thing" players, sees their merits, pushes for looser structures...loves electronic instruments and will help to re-define jazz with them...
Ron Carter, the intellectual bassist who held the group together with his solid bass structures. Classically as well as jazz trained, Carter in some ways is old school, but is no less lyrical or radical in the way he presents his tool of the trade,,can hold the fort down or can run away with the rest of the group..structured yet unafraid..
Tony Williams- the kid. A veteran and prodigy at a mere 18 years old..flies in the face of convention, throws inhibition to the wind..speeds things up with reckless abandon, flailing his cymbals, upping the ante..destroys and re-defines new school, sees the changes in both jazz and pop music and will evolve with it, forming jazz's first fusion band...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential listening for anyone who loves modern music! October 27, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
As someone raised on rock I gradually became interested in Miles Davis after hearing covers of some of his tunes. So I availed myself of a deal which offered a free sampler of the MD Quintet's boxed set if I purchased another Miles album. I chose "Kind of Blue" which I'd never heard before. Well I don't need to elaborate on that classic! But, to me, the Quintet sampler was even better! The entire boxed set is almost too much to take. The power, inventiveness and range of emotion expressed in the set is beyond anything else I've heard in contemporary music. Telepathy is the only way to describe the communication between the players. There isn't a dud track. Even the alternate takes give you a different perspective on what the group was thinking. The documentation accompanying the discs is marvellous including detailed analyses of each track. Favourites? Well, I love "ESP", "Madness", "Stuff" ... in fact any of the discs on their own would be a must-buy. Forget the cost, you won't buy better than this! Do yourself a favour!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles the Auteur
Miles Davis' mid-1960s quintet with Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass and Tony Williams on drums was not a typical leader-and-sidemen... Read more
Published on May 2, 2006 by Richard B. Luhrs
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential.
By 1965, the world of jazz had changed almost unrecognizably from just five years ago, and Miles Davis was in danger of being left behind. Read more
Published on October 20, 2005 by Michael Stack
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding possession!
All of these recordings were worth producing, as throughout they feature the most important and lastingly satisfying five-man group in jazz (I am not being sexist here - there is... Read more
Published on October 5, 2005 by Joost Daalder
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the all-time best Miles Davis box sets
"Miles Davis Quintet, 1965-1968" features nothing less than some of Miles' best music. This box set showcases many of Davis' most innovative albums including "E.S.P. Read more
Published on June 6, 2005 by The Delite Rancher
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST BAND EVER(even better than the Grateful Dead!!!!!!!)
Miles Davis is my idol and the music found on this absolute treasure is the reason why. I regard the Miles Davis Quintet of 1964-1968 the best small band in jazz since the Hot 5... Read more
Published on February 26, 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars "If peein' your pants is cool, consider me Miles Davis!"
For those of you who don't get the gag, it was from the 1995 cult comedy classic, Billy Madison. All kidding aside folks, this is Miles Davis at his best, my favorite band. Read more
Published on February 3, 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars more
This box set will only make you wish that this quintet tripled their output. The best of the best.
Published on January 9, 2005 by R. DAY
5.0 out of 5 stars Aint no Squares here, man
The output of the Miles Davis Quintet is usually regarded as the artist's best music and listoning to this awesome mind blowing stuff is quite an experience. Read more
Published on December 31, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Please send the reviewer below back to elementary school!!
To give 1 star for including the chronological order of the tracks is childish!! Think of Mosaic Records, they do the same and we reap the rewards of newly discovered Classic Jazz. Read more
Published on May 4, 2004
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