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As most people have pointed out, this was recorded right at the time of the equally incredible "BAGS GROOVE" lp. As a side, if you don't have that, get it. Period.
Also as is quite well-known, there were some hurt-feelings between Miles and Monk that happened in this session. Christmas Eve, 1954 session...on the Christmas Eve date, Miles asked Monk to lay out and not comp behind his solos, leading to a priceless moment on the second take of Gershwin's "The Man I Love." A muted Miles begins at a dirge-like tempo, as Jackson and Monk toll away; a tempo change keys a swinging Milt solo--transforming the ballad into a hard blues--and Monk kind of mindlessly and by the numbers, almost pronouncing the...man...I...love in hilarious rhythmic paraphrases and long, long rests--disappearing completely just before the bridge as Clarke and Heath burn along. Finally Miles paraphrases the theme from "Four" by way of saying "helloooooo" and the pianist comes back with stomping blues chords. As they say, priceless. But, the animosity never fully healed and was never fully put behind the two.
This is a beautiful, beautiful recording and it captures a time, moment and energy that can never again be recaptured. They simply don't come like this anymore. Get this now and cherish it forever. And, get the K2-20 bit remastered version, without a doubt. It is vastly superior to the regular version. Likewise, if you're considering "BAGS GROOVE" and don't already have it (shame on you for not having it), I would recommend the JVCXR (extended resolution) version. Pricier, but worth it.
Miles had a long career with many highlights that changed or influenced the history of jazz. When a career has so many peaks, we tend to forget that each was reached as the result of a journey in which new forms of expression are explored, shaped, and finally emerge in full flower. Luckily jazz has left us with many artifacts of these journeys, by Miles and others. Sometimes these artifacts are primarily of interest to jazz anthropologists and historians. Sometimes, however, they may more than hold their own as great music.
Three albums recorded in 1954, "Walkin'," "Bags Groove," and "Miles Davis with the Modern Jazz Giants," are wonderful examples of a great artist about to take the jazz world by storm once again, this time with his justly famous "First Quintet" with John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones. "Modern Jazz Giants" in particular allows Davis to demonstrate how far he has traveled since 1950 and "The Birth of the Cool" sessions with Gerry Mulligan and Gil Evans. Miles plays with authority in a style using fewer notes, short phrasing.Read more ›
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One of the finest "re-masters" of the classic Prestige recordings.
Altthough the originals can be found on the Prestige Box set,
The 24 bit Remastering and... Read more
what can you say about miles and friends that has not already been babbled to death?? Classic performances, good clear sound. dfPublished on January 22, 2013 by Doug Frazier
What a relaxing start to your day with th sounds of this CD and then your off into jazz with the greats. Read morePublished on November 28, 2011 by Celtics Win
CD has great combination of Miles Davis & most of the Modern Jazz Quartet.
Excellent cool jazz with vibes.
Each track on this set is a masterpiece in it's own way. The one cut featuring the personel from Miles' first quintet is a standout for me. Read morePublished on March 8, 2004 by R. J. Marsella