- Audio CD (April 17, 2001)
- Original Release Date: April 17, 2001
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
- Label: Columbia / Legacy
- Run Time: 68 minutes
- ASIN: B00005B58Y
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,269 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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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.
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I thought this album overall compared to some of his earlier recordings was considerably weaker. I don't think that John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley particularly blended well together on this session. The piano of Red Garland was outstanding as usual, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones are solid.
The overall song selection was very weak for Miles. Many of the tunes don't really go anywhere and the improvisations aren't particularly cohesive. Again, the title track is the best tune on the record.
Miles would go on to do great things after "Milestones." In my opinion, I thought that "Seven Steps To Heaven" was Miles' best record. Many people didn't like that it, but I think the compositions were alot better, three of them being, the title track, "So Near, So Far," and "Joshua."
"Milestones" isn't a record I go back and listen to very much, but does have some very memorable moments. Definitely worth acquiring if you're a fan of Miles or jazz in general.
There are some new vinyl mono pressings out there that are cheaper on Sony that are nice too and are a bit cheaper.
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Ahead, Miles Davis scored another landmark achievement in 1958 where he formed