- Audio CD (April 11, 2000)
- Original Release Date: April 11, 2000
- Number of Discs: 6
- Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
- 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: B00004SCH8
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,811 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
The Complete Columbia Recordings: Miles Davis & John Coltrane
Remastered, Box Set
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Between 1955 and 1959, with occasional changes in personnel, trumpeter Miles Davis led a simply extraordinary small band that changed the course of jazz. This quintet/sextet primarily spotlighted tenor saxophonist John Coltrane but also included such greats as alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley; pianists Red Garland, Bill Evans, and Wynton Kelly; bassist Paul Chambers; and drummers Philly Joe Jones and Jimmy Cobb. The Complete Columbia Recordings of Miles Davis and John Coltrane comprise such fabled Davis albums as 'Round About Midnight, Milestones, Jazz at the Plaza, Volume 1, Someday My Prince Will Come, and the legendary Kind of Blue. Also included are the Davis-with-Coltrane selections that appeared on Miles and Monk at Newport, Jazz Track, Basic Miles, and Circle in the Round. In all, the set boasts 60 tracks, of which 18 are previously unreleased--14 of them complete takes.
This is sumptuous, vital music that's alternately exhilarating and emotive, rhythmically dynamic and smoothly flowing, complex and easy on the ear. It's music that defies classification. It's neither bebop nor hard bop yet has elements of both and remains contemporary to this day, as evidenced by such timeless numbers as "All Blues" and "So What."
From the opening "Two Bass Hit" on Disc One to the final "Straight, No Chaser" on Disc Six, we hear the dazzling contrast of two preeminent jazz stylists: Davis's singing, luminescent tone and lyrical, often laid-back yet surely swinging improvisations and Coltrane's zealous-toned, bursting-forth solos. Adding additional color and interest are the bebop-based piano work of Garland, the harmonically advanced offerings of pianist Evans, the rich, serpentine lines of alto saxophonist Adderley, the crisp-then-thumping beats from drummers Jones and Cobb, and the globular, hearty tones of Chambers's bass.
The numbers represent a minihistory of modern jazz. There are bebop tunes such as "Budo," "Two Bass Hit," and "Au-Leu-Cha," all given updated and unique airings. There are classic standards such as "All of You," "Stella by Starlight," "Green Dolphin Street, " "Sweet Sue," and "Bye Bye Blackbird," most of which were rediscovered after Davis recorded them. There are ace tunes by such Davis contemporaries as Thelonious Monk ("'Round About Midnight," "Straight, No Chaser") and Jackie McLean ("Little Melonae") that are heard fresh as arranged by the trumpeter. Finally, there are the Davis originals, pieces such as "Milestones" and "All Blues," which are now part of the jazz canon. Each of these numbers is given the kind of insistent, spirited, and deeply musical interpretation that warrants repeated listening.
Rounding out the topnotch package are essays by original producer George Avakian and Kind of Blue drummer Cobb, an insightful track-by-track overview by noted critic Bob Blumenthal, and the original liner notes to Kind of Blue by pianist Evans. --Zan Stewart
The legendary Miles Davis album Kind of Blue is just part of a new six-CD Columbia/Legacy boxed set, The Complete Miles Davis featuring John Coltrane. Chronicling the six-year association of the two legends, the set also includes music from records such as 'Round About Midnight, Jazz Track, and Someday My Prince Will Come.
--- JAZZIZ Magazine Copyright © 2000, Milor Entertainment, Inc. -- From Jazziz
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
I do want to gripe about one aspect of this set: The packaging. The set is housed in a sharp-cornered tin cannister which acts as sort of a slip-case. The corners are sharp enough that they damaged other items in the shipping box, and I don't want my young daughter to grab it as she easily could be cut by this offensive contraption. You access the cd's by pulling a hard-covered booklet out of the cannister. In this booklet there is the standard informative materials and the cd's themselves which slip in and out of paper sleeves. It is abysmally designed because you have to put your fingers directly on the cd's to pull them out, something I try not to do otherwise. The booklet likewise does not want to stay open; it's like holding a rat trap wide open to read the histories, and lest you lose your grip the thing will snap shut and give you a notable little nip, and you'll have to begin your struggle anew to find your place in the materials. Lastly, the cannister scratches easily, leaving you shortly with an ugly and annoying brick-like edifice for which you've paid significant money and with which you must Greco-Roman wrestle to access the riches within.
This is yet another example of someone trying way too hard to be clever, when practicality and efficiency should be the predominant objectives. This goofiness probably explains the exalted price of the set to some extent. So, I had to commit the blasphemy of giving this compilation only four stars as the substance has been disparaged by the form.
This box set may put that one to shame. This is great music for the ears and soul.
Sit back with either headphones or turn it up loud on your home stereo, because this music demands your full attention! This is not passively listening music. This is music to really listen to and digest.
Yes, this is some of the best stuff in Jazz!!