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Miles Davis Quintet

Although Miles Davis' 1955-1957 quintet had a relatively short life, it went down in history as one of the finest and most interesting bebop combos of the 1950s. It was a group in which different musical personalities did more than coexist -- they complimented and inspired each other. The quintet's front line had two unlikely allies in Davis and the distinctive John Coltrane, whose aggressive, passionate tenor saxophone was quite a contrast to Davis' subtle, understated, cool-toned trumpet. Davis, who was Chet Baker's primary influence and defined cool jazz with his seminal Birth of the Cool sessions of 1949-1950, was a very economical player -- he didn't believe in notes for the sake of notes, whereas Coltrane's solos tended to be a lot longer. But as different as Davis' and Coltrane's musical personalities were, Miles Davis Quintet never failed to sound cohesive. Davis formed the famous group in 1955, hiring Coltrane as well as a rock-solid rhythm section that consisted of bassist Paul Chambers, drummer Philly Joe Jones (not to be confused with swing drummer Jo Jones), and the lyrical pianist Red Garland. The group's sessions of 1955-1956 resulted in four albums on Prestige (Cookin', Relaxin', Workin', and Steamin') and one on Columbia (Round About Midnight). Although the Miles Davis Quintet officially broke up in early 1957, its members were briefly reunited when, in 1958, they formed a sextet with alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley and recorded Milestones for Columbia. Davis and Coltrane continued to work together in 1959 (when Davis recorded the influential modal classic Kind of Blue), but in 1960, Coltrane formed his own group and left the trumpeter's employ for good. ~ Alex Henderson
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Listening Miles, is listen Jazz at it's best.
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Come on you raver, you seer of visions,
come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine!
Come on you raver, you seer of visions,
come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine!
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Typical 60's Miles when he was at his swinging cooking best a great jazz standard
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cool.mature. s a i d only serious sh..stuff
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colbarbkranz 5
In '57 ~ I was twentyish & too-hip-for- t h e - r o o m ~ Kenton/Basie ~ Big bands, loved those great sounds from SO many artists ~ and still do! Heard Miles was appearing in Chgo/South-s i d e - o f . . Heard his sounds that night ~ never actually seeing him.. Retrospect? (White, 23yr girl fresh outta Fla., grabbing a Taxi to South-Side Chgo/ all non-white gig) ~ whatta memory!! Taxi-guy was angel ~even shared his joint with me back to Da Loop..
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MILES WAS THE BEST INOVATOR OF ALL TIME...A PURE GENIUS,
YOURS TRULY, ERNEST JAMES SCHUBERT
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vdemirj7
Miles is the greatest trend and mood setter!!!
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I didn't even like trumpet before I heard Miles. I associated it the high screeching sound of Menard Ferguson. It was when I heard Miles noodle about in the lower registers with almost a voice like quality that I really began to appreciate the instrument. Dizzy was great, but too fast and wild for my tastes. Kind of Blue was a revolution in jazz for me.
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MONK WAS GREAT BUT MILES DID IT ALL
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ron2heaven
I think this is my favorite Miles Davis recording
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What can one say about Miles Davis that hasn't already had a ton of ink spilled on it. He was a true visionary, and help create genres of jazz that still, to this day, are as fresh as the day they first appeared.
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loulou, one of the first r&b groups I really liked was The Main Ingredient, and still have some of their stuff.
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These are some of my favorite musicians. Mostly Miles, and Trane...howe v e r Clifford left us too soon. He would have taken Miles place on the scene.
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jazzyvanwyk
Definitely in my book, the most gifted next to Monk.
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lefranklin61
the most gifted artist next to T-Monk
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Groovin... cool daddy-o

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