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This 1958 date finds Davis with his first super group: alto and tenor saxophonists Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane, drummer Philly Joe Jones, bassist Paul Chambers, and pianist Red Garland. It looks to the past with the bebop and blues likes of Jackie McLean's "Dr. Jackle," John Lewis and Dizzy Gillespie's "Two Bass Hit," and Thelonious Monk's "Straight No Chaser." The band points solidly to the future with the modal masterpiece "Milestones," which set the stage for the historic Kind of Blue. Davis's own tune, "Sid's Ahead" has a melodic line like Benny Golson's "Killer Joe," and "Billy Boy" features Garland, Chambers, and Jones and is a stylistic shout to Ahmad Jamal. This superbly remastered edition of Milestones contains three alternate takes. "Two Bass Hit" snaps, crackles, and pops with Jones's rope-a-dope rhythms. The title track rings with an even more lyrical statement by Davis, and on "Straight, No Chaser" Coltrane delivers an even more harmonically daring solo, while Adderley takes on Trane's supersonic scalar style, capped by Chambers's grooving solo. A classic recording from a classic group. --Eugene Holley Jr.
|1. Dr. Jackle|
|2. Sid's Ahead|
|3. Two Bass Hit|
|5. Billy Boy|
|6. Straight, No Chaser|
|7. Two Bass Hit (Alternate Take)|
|8. Milestones (Alternate Take)|
|9. Straight, No Chaser (Alternate Take)|
While basking in the groundbreaking success of the large ensemble-backed Miles
Ahead, Miles Davis scored another landmark achievement in 1958 where he formed
this... Read more
A great Miles Davis SACD recording.
My only gripes are that (1) It's in mono and
(2) There are no bonus tracks.
In a time when lazy record executives and sound engineers equate remastering with compression to see who can be the loudest eliminating virtually all the mid range and hence... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Frederick Baptist
All i can say about this album... it's the best one ever made by Miles Davis in my opinion. If we speak about vinyl and its quality - it's a top notch produced 180 gram vinyl LP,... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kostarico
The greatest frontline in modern jazz. The title track is an early foray into modality and Monk's Straight No Chaser is definitive. I have a 2001 Columbia legacy CD and it is LOUD.Published 22 months ago by alan