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Miles Davis: Columbia throw a party and a half - The Audiophile Man
Title: Jazz at the Plaza Label: Vinyl Lovers I suppose that you can successfully blame the Colombia record label for this one. OK, praise them, then. Imagine planning a party and it’s humming along and the barriers have been lessened a bit by the odd sherbet or two and then someone asks for a bit of a sing-along or someone to play a couple of chords… Imagine then that out of a dark corner emerges Miles Davis, toting a trumpet, John Coltrane with his tenor sax, Cannonball Adderley and his alto sax, Bill Evans who heads for the piano, Paul Chambers who struggles with his bass and Jimmy Cobb who’s collecting drums as they roll by. Would you even believe your eyes? How many jaws would drop? OK, I might be bending the truth a bit but Colombia only called for the party because the label was pretty darned smug about the excellent performance of its jazz division. So it rented out the Persian Room at the Plaza Hotel on 9 September 1958 for a knees up. But this was still not supposed to be a formal thing. It was not supposed to be a recording session. A few drinks, …