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Miles Davis – Autumn In Paris? (Remastered) (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Miles Davis – Autumn In Paris? (Remastered) (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/44,1kHz | Time – 59:08 minutes | 592 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RevOla

Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th-century music. Davis adopted a variety of musical directions in a five-decade career that kept him at the forefront of many major stylistic developments in jazz.

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Miles Davis – The Complete Birth Of The Cool (Studio And Live, 1948-1950) (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Miles Davis – The Complete Birth Of The Cool (Studio And Live, 1948-1950) (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 01:18:55 minutes | 1,11 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RevOla

Birth of the Cool is a compilation album by American jazz musician Miles Davis, released in February or March 1957 on Capitol Records. It compiles eleven tracks recorded by Davis’s nonet for the label over the course of three sessions during 1949 and 1950.

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Miles Davis – Filles De Kilimanjaro (1969/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Miles Davis – Filles De Kilimanjaro (1969/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/88,2kHz | Time – 56:31 minutes | 1,11 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia – Legacy

Filles de Kilimanjaro (French for Girls of Kilimanjaro) is a studio album by American jazz trumpeter Miles Davis. It was recorded in June and September 1968, and released on Columbia Records. It was released in the United Kingdom by the company’s subsidiary Columbia (CBS) in 1968 and in the United States during February 1969. The album is a transitional work for Davis, who was shifting stylistically from acoustic recordings with his second “great” quintet to his “electric” period. Filles de Kilimanjaro was well received by contemporary music critics, who viewed it as a significant release in modern jazz.

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Miles Davis – A Touch Of Blue (1959/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Miles Davis – A Touch Of Blue (1959/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 55:13 minutes | 1,02 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RevOla

Kind of Blue is a studio album by American jazz trumpeter-composer Miles Davis. It was recorded on March 2 and April 22, 1959, at Columbia’s 30th Street Studio in New York City, and released on August 17 of that year by Columbia Records. For the recording, Davis led a sextet featuring saxophonists John Coltrane and Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, pianist Bill Evans, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb, with new band pianist Wynton Kelly appearing on one track – “Freddie Freeloader” – in place of Evans.

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Miles Davis – Porgy And Bess (1958) [Japanese Reissue 1999] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Miles Davis – Porgy And Bess (1958) [Japanese Reissue 1999, # SRGS 4518]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 50:33 minutes | Scans included | 2,16 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,05 GB

Tomes are available annotating the importance of this recording. The musical and social impact of Miles Davis, his collaborative efforts with Gil Evans, and in particular their reinvention of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess are indeed profound. However, the most efficient method of extricating the rhetoric and opining is to experience the recording. Few other musical teams would have had the ability to remain true to the undiluted spirit and multifaceted nuance of this epic work. However, no other musical teams were Miles Davis and Gil Evans. It was Evans’ intimate knowledge of the composition as well as the performer that allowed him to so definitively capture the essence of both. The four dates needed to complete work on Porgy and Bess include contributions from several members of his most recent musical aggregate: Julian “Cannonball” Adderley (alto sax), Paul Chambers (bass), and Jimmy Cobb (drums). Although the focus and emphasis is squarely on Davis throughout, the contributions of the quartet on “Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus),” “I Loves You, Porgy,” and “There’s a Boat That’s Leaving Soon for New York” are immeasurable. They provide a delicate balance in style and, under the direction of Evans, incorporate much of the same energy and intonation here as they did to their post-bop recordings. There is infinitely more happening on Porgy and Bess, however, with much of the evidence existing in the subtle significance of the hauntingly lyrical passages from Danny Banks’ (alto flute) solos, which commence on “Fishermen, Strawberry and Devil Crab.” Or the emotive bass and tuba duet that runs throughout “Buzzard Song.” The impeccable digital remastering and subsequent reissue — which likewise applies to the Miles Davis & Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings box set — only magnifies the refulgence of Porgy and Bess. Likewise, two previously unissued performances have been appended to the original baker’s dozen. No observation or collection of American jazz can be deemed complete without this recording.

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Miles Davis – Four & More: Recorded Live In Concert (1966) [Japan 2000] SACD ISO + FLAC

Miles Davis – ‘Four’ & More: Recorded Live In Concert (1966) [Japan 2000]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 53:57 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 2,17 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,18 GB

‘Four’ & More: Recorded Live in Concert is a live album by Miles Davis, recorded at the Philharmonic Hall of Lincoln Center, New York City, NY on February 12, 1964, but not released until 1966. Two albums were assembled from the concert recording: the up-tempo pieces were issued on this album, while My Funny Valentine consists of the slow and medium-tempo numbers.

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Miles Davis Quintet – Relaxin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet (1956/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Miles Davis Quintet – Relaxin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet (1956/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 36:49 minutes | 791 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Prestige

This is one of four highly-acclaimed albums Miles Davis made during two days of marathon sessions in May and October 1956 to fulfill a contractual obligation. Davis recorded 26 tracks over the two days, all live off the floor and all first takes, with his superb first great quintet that includes John Coltrane on tenor saxophone, Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums.

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Miles Davis – Volume 2 (1953/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

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FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 44:09 minutes | 1,38 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Blue Note (BLU)

Miles Davis Volume 2 refers to two separate but related entities. The first is a Miles Davis studio album released by Blue Note Records as a 10-inch LP, as BLP 5022 in 1953. The six tracks from this LP plus five alternate takes were released on CD in 1990 and remastered with restored artwork in 2001.

The second Miles Davis Volume 2 is a compilation of tracks from all three of his sessions with the label, released (with different cover art) in 1956 as BLP 1502.

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Miles Davis – Miles in the Sky (1968/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Miles Davis – Miles in the Sky (1968/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 51:04 minutes | 2,23 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia – Legacy

Miles Davis’ second great quintet was one of the most innovative bands in jazz history. Alongside pianist Herbie Hancock, saxophonist Wayne Shorter, double-bassist Ron Carter and drummer Tony Williams, the trumpeter recorded seven major albums between 1965 and 1968: E.S.P., Miles Smiles, Sorcerer, Nefertiti, Miles in the Sky, Filles de Kilimanjaro and Water Babies. In his 1989 autobiography, he wrote: “If I was the inspiration and wisdom and the link for this band, Tony was the fire, the creative spark; Wayne was the idea person, the conceptualizer of a whole lot of musical ideas we did; and Ron and Herbie were the anchors. I was just the leader who put us all together. Those were all young guys and although they were learning from me, I was learning from them too, about the new thing, the free thing [..] I was learning something new every night with that group”.

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Miles Davis – Miles Ahead (Mono Version) (1957/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Miles Davis – Miles Ahead (Mono Version) (1957/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 37:19 minutes | 459 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia – Legacy

This album is perhaps most significant for the process it set in motion – the collaboration between Gil Evans and Miles Davis that would produce Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain, two of Davis’ best albums. That said, this album is a miracle in itself, the result of a big gamble on the part of Columbia Records, who put together Evans and Davis, who hadn’t worked together since recording the critically admired but commercially unsuccessful sides that would later be issued as The Birth of the Cool. Columbia also allowed Evans to assemble a 19-piece band for the recordings, at a time when big bands were far out of fashion and also at a time when the resulting recordings could not be released until two years in the future (because of Davis’ contractual obligations with Prestige). Davis was also expected to carry the album as its only soloist, and manage not to get lost among a cast of supporting musicians that included a huge horn section. To a large extent, he succeeds. Evans’ arrangements in particular are well-suited to the format, and he and Davis formed a deep and close partnership where ideas were swapped back and forth, nurtured, and developed long before they were expressed in the studio. Davis gets off to a great start, with the hyper-kinetic “Springsville,” which seems to almost perfectly embody Evans’ and Davis’ partnership with its light, flexible exchanges between soloist and orchestra. He is strongest on the ballads, though, where his subdued and wistful tone rises high above the hushed accompaniment, especially on “Miles Ahead” and “Blues for Pablo” (which foreshadows the bluesy, Latin-tinged sound of Sketches of Spain). The upbeat “I Don’t Want to Be Kissed (By Anyone but You)” is another strong song, but shows the weakness of the format as Davis intersperses a charming, bright, technically challenging solo with a blasting horn section that occasionally buries him. It is a fine end, however, to an album that gave a hint of the greatness that would come as Evans and Davis fine-tuned their partnership over the course of the next several years.

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