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Miles Davis - The Meaning of the Blues/Lament (alternate take)

Miles Ahead (Columbia, 1957)

Personnel: Miles Davis – flugelhorn; Bernie Glow – lead trumpet; Ernie Royal – trumpet; Louis Mucci – trumpet; Taft Jordan – trumpet; John Carisi – trumpet; Frank Rehak – trombone; Jimmy Cleveland – trombone; Joe Bennett – trombone; Tom Mitchell – bass trombone; Willie Ruff – French horn; Tony Miranda – French horn; Bill Barber – tuba; Lee Konitz – alto sax; Danny Bank – bass clarinet; Romeo Penque – flute, clarinet; Sid Cooper – flute, clarinet; Paul Chambers – bass; Art Taylor – drums; Gil Evans – arranger and conductor

Springsville
Miles Davis
Springsville

Evening good people! Tonight I’ve got a few new pieces from Miles Davis, and John Coltrane for you all to sample. First up we’re going to revisit our old friend, Miles Ahead, and check out “Springsville”. Haven’t uncovered the inspiration behind the name of the piece, but I’m a huge fan of the tempo Miles and company take, Miles intro and the “If I Should Lose You” reference around 0:20. Enjoy

Summertime
Miles Davis
Summertime

SATURDAY EVENING JAZZ: Summertime performed by Miles Davis - A week ago, posting a song about summer would have been mildly ironic.  Today, it makes total sense.  And really, what is spring but an annoyingly long way to get to summer.

Porgy and Bess was a collaboration between Miles and Gil Evans, inspired by the smash hit musical by George Gershwin.  Perhaps it was the material, perhaps the familiarity between Gil and Miles, or perhaps the fresh modal sounds Miles was experimenting with, but whatever the case, this album is simply incredible and essential jazz listening.  While Summertime is certainly thematically appropriate, it also happens to be one of the finest songs ever composed, and this version one of the best ever recorded.

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Miles Davis & Gil Evans - “So What” 1959