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Walkin [Original recording remastered]

Miles DavisAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 13, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 1956
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Prestige
  • ASIN: B000F8DTCS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,495 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Davis and his all-star cast shine on this record.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard bop is here May 3, 2008
By G B
Format:Audio CD
The title track of this album announced to the world (though only a few people were listening) that Miles Davis was back after several years of heroin addiction and erratic playing. Miles had pioneered the cool style four years earlier, but on Walkin' he and his companions went in the opposite direction -- focusing on the groove and the blues in a style that would soon be known as hard bop. On "Walkin'", Kenny Clarke and Percy Heath set up a mid-tempo groove over which Miles blows some incredible trumpet; trombonist J.J. Johnson, pianist Horace Silver, and the underrated saxophonist Lucky Thompson rise to the challenge as well. "Blue'n'Boogie" is given the same treatment but at a much faster pace. On both these numbers, the new LP format allows the musicians to really stretch out and develop their ideas. Side 2 of the album has the same rhythm section, but Johnson and Thompson are replaced with ornithologist Dave Schildkraut. The playing is mellower -- "You Don't Know What Love Is" and the beautiful Davis ballad "Solar" as well as the more energetic "Love Me or Leave Me". Walkin' was the first Miles Davis classic since the Birth of the Cool and is absolutely essential to any fan's collection.

[This review is based upon the K2 20-bit version, which has excellent sound. Both versions have identical tracklists.]
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Remastering of Early Miles Classic March 28, 2008
Format:Audio CD
In recent years I've acquired 30+ RVG remastered CDs (these include both the Prestige and Blue Note labels). Several of them I've been mildly disappointed with, because of what seems to be a (slight) unnatural boosting of certain frequencies. At least a few other Amazon reviewers have reported similar observations. However, the RVG WALKIN' is excellent, in my opinion. Everything sounds well-balanced, natural, and very pleasing to the ear, with the fullness and crisp detail you'd expect at 24-bit.

Musically, and for pure enjoyment, these 1954 sessions surely rival the better known Cookin/Workin/Steamin/Relaxin sessions of 1956. And Davis's line-ups here are completely different than in those later Prestige sessions. The 2 tracks featuring Lucky Thompson (perhaps the best tenor sax player you've never heard of?) and J.J. Johnson (probably the best trombonist of bebop era) are flat-out classics, and the remaining 3, which feature Miles's muted trumpet, are also very fine. A superb rhythm section of Horace Silver (piano), Percy Heath (bass), and Kenny Clarke (drums) is heard on all 5 songs. Miles's soloing and skill as a group leader really begin to blossom in these sessions. These are not mere "all-star jam sessions": it's apparent that a lot of care and effort went into their production. Highly recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly An All-Star Session June 19, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Of all the Miles Davis albums I've heard thus far, this one has quickly become a favorite. The album is made up of two sessions from April of 1954, one on the 29th which produced "Walkin'" and "Blue 'N' Boogie", which features Davis on trumpet, the amazing J.J. Johnson on trombone, Lucky Thompson on tenor sax, Horace Silver on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums. An earlier session on the 3rd produced the remaining tracks on the album, with Dave Schildkraut on alto sax and without the presence of Johnson and Thompson.

"Walkin'" and "Blue 'N' Boogie" are both great extended hard bop numbers, boasting fine soloing from all the horn players. Davis sounds full and rich on these tracks and Lucky Thompson provides some soulful tenor, really shining on "Walkin'" and J.J. Johnson displays why he's considered one of the best trombone players in jazz. He takes a particularly choice solo on "Blue 'N' Boogie", my favorite track on the album. Throughout the album, Horace Silver lays down some funky piano lines, really showing off his chops on his solo on "B 'N' B". Percy Heath and Kenny Clarke are rock solid rhythm partners, keeping the bop engine humming along. Starting with the beautiful "Solar", Miles breaks out the mute and Schildkraut does his best Bird, adding a lovely solo. "You Don't Know What Love Is" is another gently rendered ballad. The group returns to a quicker pace for the closing number "Love Me or Leave Me", featuring some great work on the skins by Clarke.

I would say this has become one of my favorites because of the energy and soul exhibited in the performances. Davis has never seemed looser to me and the rest of the group truly gives performances worthy of the moniker "All Stars". This album is a must have if you're a fan of Miles Davis and of hard bop.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent remaster, so-so packaging... November 4, 1999
By Rubén
Format:Audio CD
"Walkin" has just been reissued as a 20-bit remaster by Prestige (along with others from that mid-50s period, i.e. Relaxin'/Workin'). The sound is of course in mono, but absolutely excellent. The material and top-notch performances are ahead of anything in jazz at that time. My only complaint is that at full price ($15) there are NO new liners or photos, just one of those wraparound cardboard holders whose function is dubious... I mailed Prestige the little tear-out card and suggested they look at the Columbia Miles reissues as a model...In the end, it's the music that counts; the 1st two tracks "Walkin'" and "Blue n'Boogie" are alone worth the price of admission.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A precursor of things to come
The hard bop influence is not only Miles' continual evolution, but also because of the rhythm section. Horace Silver - one of the inventors or the genre - is the pianist. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mike Tarrani
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles - what is there else to say
Mr Davis is the King, not the orginal crew, but he knew what he was doing over so many different styles of our best music that NO ONE has the claim to that title. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jack_Nitski
5.0 out of 5 stars Walkin' and listenin'
Listen to this album once, listen to it again and again. The listener is treated to a new experience with each time it is spun on the cd player and enjoyed on an mp3 player. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Joshua Tree 1973
4.0 out of 5 stars Concise Classic Miles
If it can be blamed for being such a short sample of Davis' classic jazz period, it compensates for the brevity in the excellence of the example. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Davey Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars Classic Junk
By todays standard this album is antiquated junk. How does anyone listen to this crap is beyond me. So many talented Jazz artist, why go back to listen to this shit. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jose
5.0 out of 5 stars for real and fully true
Isnt it wonderful to hear some music where effects, computer and technical aids dont play ANY role and it is all about mastering the instrument???! Read more
Published on April 9, 2012 by Axel H. Baumgarten
5.0 out of 5 stars MIles Davis in Fine Mellow Mode
As a Miles Davis connoisseur, I have collected many, many of this great musician's recorded work through the years. Read more
Published on March 20, 2010 by Mike Borger
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles Walks
I have the single of Walkin' on a double sided 45 record and wanted it on CD. Loved it when I bought it on record and love it on the cd.
Published on March 5, 2010 by S. D. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Groovin' Bebop Jazz
My brief review will focus on the amazing sound quality of the Rudy Van Gelder (RVG) 24-bit remastering of this highly-lauded Miles Davis mid-50's record. Read more
Published on April 14, 2009 by Johnny Roc
4.0 out of 5 stars good jazz with some unusual cats
A lot of people mistakenly group this album with Seamin, Relaxin, Workin, and Cookin, which were all recorded during a later span of time, consecutively, with the Coltrane group. Read more
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