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Miles Davis – Workin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet (1959/2016) [Pono FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Miles Davis – Workin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet (1959/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 42:17 minutes | 1,93 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Pono Music | Label: Concord Music / Universal Music

Trumpeter Miles Davis led several sessions for Prestige Records between November 1955 and October 1956 with his legendary “first” quintet, featuring tenor saxophonist John Coltrane, pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones. The sessions represent an incomparable musical legacy. Impeccably engineered by Rudy Van Gelder, the music was released on five albums that provide a unique glimpse at how five brilliant instrumentalists coalesced into one of the most extraordinary ensembles in modern jazz. Workin’ presents an easygoing program that balances ballads with the blues and includes quintet performances of originals by Davis (“Four,” “Half Nelson”), Coltrane (“Trane’s Blues”), and Dave Brubeck (“In Your Own Sweet Way”); an interpretation of the standard “It Never Entered My Mind” without saxophone; and a piano-trio version of Ahmad Jamal’s “Ahmad’s Blues.” Coltrane’s melancholy solo on Brubeck’s tune and Garland’s spry excursion on Coltrane’s are two of this classic’s many highlights.


Miles Davis – The Last Word: The Warner Bros. Years (2015) [HDTrack FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Miles Davis – The Last Word: The Warner Bros. Years (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 6:57:17 minutes | 4,67 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.

8 disc set from Miles’ work in the 1980-1990s plus live performances. Newly remastered in 2015.

Disc 1 – Tutu
Disc 2 – Music From Siesta (With Marcus Miller)
Disc 3 – Amandla
Disc 4 – Dingo Original Soundtrack (With Michele Legrand)
Disc 5 – Doo Bop
Disc 6 – Miles & Quincy Live At Montreux
Disc 7 – Live Around The World
Disc 8 – Live Performance from Nice Festival, France


Miles Davis – Steamin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet (1961/2016) [Pono FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Miles Davis – Steamin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet (1961/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 40:07 minutes | 1,92 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: PonoMusic | © Concord/Prestige

Although chronologically the last to be issued, this collection includes some of the best performances from the tapes which would produce the albums Cookin’, Relaxin’, Workin’, and ultimately, Steamin’. A primary consideration of these fruitful sessions is the caliber of musicians — Miles Davis (trumpet), Red Garland (piano), John Coltrane (tenor sax), and Philly Joe Jones (drums) — who were basically doing their stage act in the studio. As actively performing musicians, the material they are most intimate with would be their live repertoire. Likewise, what more obvious place than a studio is there to capture every inescapable audible nuance of the combo’s musical group mind. The end results are consistently astonishing. At the center of Steamin’, as with most outings by this band, are the group improvisations which consist of solo upon solo of arguably the sweetest and otherwise most swinging interactions known to have existed between musicians. “Surrey With the Fringe on Top” is passed between the mates like an old joke. Garland compliments threads started by Davis and Coltrane as their seamless interaction yields a stream of strikingly lyrical passages. There are two well-placed nods to fellow bop pioneers Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie on a revision of their “Salt Peanuts.” Philly Joe Jones’ mimicking cymbal speak — which replicates Gillespie’s original vocals — is nothing short of genius. This rendition is definitely as crazy and unpredictable here as the original. Thelonious Monk also gets kudos on “Well, You Needn’t.” This quintet makes short work of the intricacies of the arrangement, adding the double horn lead on the choruses and ultimately redefining this jazz standard. Although there is no original material on Steamin’, it may best represent the ability of the Miles Davis quintet to take standards and rebuild them to suit their qualifications.


Miles Davis – E.S.P. (1965) [MFSL 2016] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz}

Miles Davis – E.S.P. (1965) [MFSL 2016]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 48:02 minutes | Scans included | 1,95 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 933 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2170
Genre: Jazz

ESP marks the beginning of a revitalization for Miles Davis, as his second classic quintet – saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams – gels, establishing what would become their signature adventurous hard bop. Miles had been moving toward this direction in the two years preceding the release of ESP and he had recorded with everyone outside of Shorter prior to this record, but his addition galvanizes the group, pushing them toward music that was recognizably bop but as adventurous as jazz’s avant-garde. Outwardly, this music doesn’t take as many risks as Coltrane or Ornette Coleman’s recordings of the mid-’60s, but by borrowing some of the same theories – a de-emphasis of composition in favor of sheer improvisation, elastic definitions of tonality – they created a unique sound that came to define the very sound of modern jazz. Certainly, many musicians have returned to this group for inspiration, but their recordings remain fresh, because they exist at this fine dividing line between standard bop and avant. On ESP, they tilt a bit toward conventional hard bop (something that’s apparent toward the end of the record), largely because this is their first effort, but the fact is, this difference between this album and hard bop from the early ’60s is remarkable. This is exploratory music, whether it’s rushing by in a flurry of notes or elegantly reclining in Hancock’s calm yet complex chords. The compositions are brilliantly structured as well, encouraging such free-form exploration with their elliptical yet memorable themes. This quintet may have cut more adventurous records, but ESP remains one of their very best albums.