Miles Davis - Cookin' With The Miles Davis Quintet
Recorded: On 11 May and 26 October 1956
Bitrate: mp3 320kbps
Many jazz fans of the era and of present day considered this to be the best small combo ever in jazz music. Not only did they improve as a unit while they were together but each member benefited individually from the association. Miles found an incentive to play again and reached new heights because of the musical environment he had created in choosing his sidemen. The sidemen, in turn, flowered in the climate of the Davis latitude. By the beginning of 1957 Coltrane had broken the shackles of self-doubt and breathed freely into his singing horn. Garland had recorded successfully as a trio pianist ( A Garland of Red ) and the Chambers-Jones duo was fused into the most powerful of pulses.
In essence, what you are hearing is a portion of the group's repertoire. Some have been recorded before by Miles but with different personnel. This is similar to the way bands used to record. I do not refer to the calling of tunes as in a set but the idea of recording numbers that have been in the book for a while, ones with which the musicians are completely at home. I'm sure this had a lot to do with the great string of records that Count Basie made for Decca in the Thirties and although a small group has less difficulty in "shedding" an arrangement, the benefits they reap from experience of playing a piece on the job for several months prior to recording it, are unmistakable.
Miles Davis - Trumpet
John Coltrane - Tenor saxophone
Philly Joe Jones - Drums
Red Garland - Piano
Paul Chambers - Bass
Miles Davis - Cookin' With The Miles Davis Quintet Tracks:
01 My Funny Valentine 6:04
02 Studio Chatter 0:25
03 Blues by Five10:02
04 Airegin 4:29
05 Tune Up/When Lights Are Low 13:13