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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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Miles Davis – Collectors’ Items (1956/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Miles Davis – Collectors’ Items (1956/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 43:32 minutes | 898 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Prestige

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.

Recorded on January 30, 1953 (1-4) WOR Studios, New York City and March 16, 1956 (5-7) at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, NJ.

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Miles Davis – Blue Haze (1954/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Miles Davis – Blue Haze (1954/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 36:38 minutes | 759 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Prestige

Blue Haze is a compilation album of tracks recorded in 1953 and 1954 by Miles Davis for Prestige Records.

The album is a reissue in 12″ format of the 10″ LP Miles Davis Quartet (PRLP 161), with “I’ll Remember April” added. Tracks 4,6, 7, and 8 come from Prestige PREP 1326, The Miles Davis Quartet, recorded 19 May 1953. It features a quartet with John Lewis on piano —replaced on “Smooch” by its co-composer Charles Mingus— Percy Heath, the bassist throughout the album, and Max Roach on drums. Tracks 2, 3, and 5, from March 15, 1954, with Horace Silver on piano and Art Blakey on drums, were first released on PREP 1360, titled Miles Davis Quartet. The first track on the album “I’ll Remember April” is from the 3 April 1954 session and was originally included on the 10″ LP Miles Davis Quintet (PRLP 185).

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Miles Davis – Bags’ Groove (1957/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Miles Davis – Bags’ Groove (1957/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 46:02 minutes | 1,17 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Prestige

Bag’s Groove was recorded in 1954 for Prestige Records but was not released until 1957. Most of the album was recorded on June 29, 1954, but the title track was recorded at one session on December 24 of the same year. Several of the tracks on the album were written by Sonny Rollins and would go on to become jazz standards in their own right.

Recorded June 29 & December 24, 1954 in Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ.

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Miles Davis Quintet – The First Great Quintet (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Miles Davis Quintet – The First Great Quintet (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 03:51:16 minutes | 2,5 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Pristine Classical

In the summer of 1955, after Davis performed at the Newport Jazz Festival, he was approached by Columbia Records executive George Avakian, who offered him a contract if he could form a regular band. Davis assembled his first regular quintet to meet a commitment at the Café Bohemia in July with Sonny Rollins on tenor saxophone, Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. By the autumn, Rollins had left to deal with his heroin addiction, and later in the year joined the hard bop quintet led by Clifford Brown and Max Roach.

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Miles Davis – Jazz Track (Mono version) (1960/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Miles Davis – Jazz Track (Mono version) (1960/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 46:38 minutes | 443 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © BnF Collection

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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