Essential Albums: Cookin'/Relaxin'/Workin'/Steamin' [4 CD Box Set] Box set
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When I write product reviews, I typically try to anticipate who might be disappointed in the product and why, and I try to write about it to inform them. With this set, however, I'm pretty hard pressed to come up with anything. If you hate jazz, you wouldn't be even looking at this set. I guess if you are strictly targeted toward late-Miles-fusion (Bitches Brew, Jack Johnson) you might not like the set. Also, while there are plenty of instances of the beginnings of Coltrane's "sheets of sound", if you are looking for the free jazz highly adventurous work of his late career, you won't find that here. Other than that, I can't see how you could go wrong with this set. Allmusic rates the albums with 5 of 5 stars (4 and 1/2 minimum) and they are great albums. Terrific music, great sound quality, nice packaging and notes--this is a wonderful set at a bargain price.
Not enough, however, has been said about the craftsmanship of the set itself. I wondered before I made my purchase whether this was a decent box or a cheap paper one with four discs crammed inside. The good news is that the box is encased in a woven black material, smooth and tight. Hidden magnets softly snap the cover closed. Inside, a thin strap/ribbon can be used to lift up all four CD cases to easily remove them from the fitted case. Finally, all discs are remasters (dated 2006 or 2007) with original and revisited liner notes.
In all, this is a great package of great music. Highly recommended.
The two sessions that resulted in this set were both in Rudy van Gelder's Hackensack, NJ studio on May 11 and October 26, 1956. The end result is these four albums, which I presonally play when I am in the mood for Miles at what I consider his golden era.
Of course, the musicians comprising the quintet were among the best and made significant contributions. Miles is backed by John Coltrane on tenor sax, Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums.
Unfortunately there are no sound samples on this page, but I will link to the product page for each album in this set, and all of them have sound samples. Let your ears be the judge.
Disc 1 is the album titled Cookin' that was recorded in its entirety during the October 26 session. It was released as Prestige PRLP 7094 with a total time of 33:35.
Disc 2 is the album titled Relaxin'. Tracks 5 and 6 were recorded during the May 11 session and the remainder during the October 26 session. It was released as Prestige PRLP 7129 in 1958. Total time is 36:13.Read more ›
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Even though I already had the remastered 2010 version of Steamin', this was a great deal on a 4 cd set. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Bob S
A great collection of the Miles Davis Quintet at the heights of their collective powers It is fun and instructive to hear them play the standards in a relatively straight format.Published 6 months ago by Robert A. Purtee
I agree with the title. These are essential albums to get the feeling of Miles Davis. They were recorded together and without all of them you just don't have the whole picture. Read morePublished 12 months ago by C. Beltran
Truly essential early Miles, with tasty tunes and Coltrane right on the verge of his breakthrough to greatness. Read morePublished 22 months ago by J. Thomas