Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet
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Vinyl, Original recording remastered, July 29, 2011
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These Prestiges [Workin', Steamin', Relaxin', and Cookin'] are some of the hardest swinging albums in Miles' discography thanks to the tremendous rhythm section of Philly Joe Jones, Paul Chambers, and Red Garland. Besides Miles' own fabulous playing on the ballads, the work of that rhythm section is what makes these albums so much fun to listen to. Even Miles wants to listen to them. Miles sits out on Ahmad's Blues and allows the rhythm section to play as a trio in a tribute to Ahmad Jamal, whose delicate chamber jazz and reinterpretations of standards inform the swing of this group.
I'd recommend any of the Prestige's equally as five star albums although I realize many people won't have the budget to splurge for all four and those that do may go all the way and purchase Miles' complete Prestige albums, even though some of that material is not up to the consistently high standard here.
Workin's is best thought of as "a plays the blues set". It gives a feel for what a club date might have sounded like.Read more ›
In my view, Miles' playing on "It Never Entered My Mind" is some of the most emotional playing he ever did..add to that Garland's superbly understated piano and Paul Chambers going so far as to use a bow on his bass to make it "cry" at the end of the piece, and the emotions come out and then some. A true tour de force for this lp.
No less amazing, and a lot more fun, is Red Garland, Chambers, and drummr Philly Joe Jones working out on Ahmad Jamal's (Miles' favorite piano player) "Ahmad's Blues," in a tight trio setting. The 3 were a great match, with Garland's sublime playing carrying the day. A wonderful selection.
Davis' originals "Half Nelson, " Four," and "The Theme" (which will close all Davis concerts from that point until 1973)all show Davis' impeccible sense of time and space, and all will become concert staples.
John Coltrane's playing is sporadic at best and downright terrible at worst (he flubs the 1st few bars of his 1st solo pass on his own "Trane's Blues" and never really recovers) on some of these sides. The Trane we all know and love is nowhere to be found on these sides (a forced sabbatical from the group was very near in coming, as Trane was battling alcohol, heroin, and overeating in 1955), but he still gives a very credible effort on Dave Brubeck's "In Your Own Sweet Way."
Overall, this cd is a great one, as all 4 are. It shows the group (save Coltrane, who is his ususal, frantic self) in a very relaxed mood, enjoying themselves, and the results prove that. Great listening.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Holy cow, I'm literally sweeping little piles of dirt out of the album grooves after it skipped during first play. Not sure when album was pressed but is this unusual or not? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Steven E Ovenden
The recording skips and pops real bad. I love the music on the album just not the pressing.Published 6 months ago by avid reader
I love the Miles Davis Quintet(s). I know Miles was a forerunner of the blessed modal/ post-bop era that started about 1959. Read morePublished 7 months ago by examiner
To experience the passion an artist has for their & collaboraters playing - also among the great & classic MILES&COLTRANE sessionsPublished 19 months ago by One KING
Miles in the earlier years - always the best and I never, never get tired of living with his music.Published 19 months ago by Leslie D. White