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Miles Davis – Collectors’ Items (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) (1956/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Miles Davis – Collectors’ Items (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) (1956/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 43:32 minutes | 429 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Digital Booklet | © Prestige Records
Recorded: January 30, 1953 (#1-4) WOR Studios, New York City and March 16, 1956 (#5-7) at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, NJ
Remastered: 2008, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Any 1950s Miles Davis recording could easily be called a “collector’s item,” but these selections have special claims to this description. The first four offer Charlie Parker in his only recordings in support of Miles, who had begun his disc career as Bird’s sideman. The last four feature a unique Davis/Mingus encounter. In between is Miles just before launching his first great Quintet, heading two groups loaded with top talent of the “post-bop” period.

This set lives up to its title by including such interesting sessions as the 1953 date on which Miles Davis welcomed the two tenors of Sonny Rollins and Charlie Parker; other meetings with Rollins in 1951 and 1956; and a moody 1955 date with bassist Charles Mingus, trombone, vibes, and drums (a young Elvin Jones). Highlights include “No Line,” “Vierd Blues,” “In Your Own Sweet Way,” “Nature Boy,” and “There’s No You.” It’s classic if often overlooked music from a variety of immortal jazzmen. ~~AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

1 The Serpent’s Tooth (Take 1) 7:04
2 The Serpent’s Tooth (Take 2) 6:20
3 ‘Round Midnight 7:07
4 Compulsion 5:47
5 No Line 5:43
6 Vierd Blues 6:55
7 In Your Own Sweet Way 4:37

January 30, 1953 session:
Miles Davis – trumpet
Sonny Rollins – tenor saxophone
Charlie Parker aka “Charlie Chan” – tenor saxophone
Walter Bishop – piano
Percy Heath – bass
Philly Joe Jones – drums
March 16, 1956 session:
Miles Davis – trumpet
Sonny Rollins – tenor saxophone
Tommy Flanagan – piano
Paul Chambers – bass
Art Taylor – drums


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