- Audio CD (8 Nov. 2010)
- Number of Discs: 6
- Format: Box set
- Label: Sony Music Cmg
- ASIN: B0041PIJOO
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,337 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings Box set
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This set has now been repackaged in a DVD sized Ecolbook which is the width of a normal CD making the set more compact & easier to store. In the early 1960s, two giants of jazz went into the studios to collaborate on some of the most haunting, beautiful music ever. Miles was, by this time, a jazz star, a great trumpet player, composer and bandleader (his bands would be 'finishing schools' for future titans: John Coltrane, Bill Evans,Dave Holland). Gil Evans was a subtly superb composer and arranger, who wrote for the big band of Claude Thornhill and singers Johnny Mathis and Helen Merrill, as well as the small groups of Gerry Mulligan and Teddy Charles, and would go on to leading his own edgy, modern big band (he even recorded an album of Jimi Hendrix songs!).
This six-CD set, comprises, alternate takes & all, the Davis/Evans albums Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess, Sketches of Spain, Quiet Nights, and Plus 19. This is some of Miles' most gorgeous playing in intricate, thoughtful, lush and majestic orchestral settings, with more than a few subtle classical shadings. It is elaborately annotated (it has CD-sized "miniatures" of original album covers) and a treasure forfans of Miles, Evans, orchestral jazz and heartfelt instrumental music.
Top Customer Reviews
The only problem is one common to all box sets of this type, successive takes of the same piece of music can make for a less than terrific listening experience. This has been dealt with in large part by having the original disc followed by the outtakes and with programmable CD players you can avoid this if you wish.
The only way it could be improved, supply jewel cases with cover art for the 6 discs, this way you avoid possible problems removing discs from the LP reproduction covers. I keep my discs in jewel cases separate from the box and use the box and booklet for reference.
Despite these minor reservations this is a magnificent record of magnificent music and reasonably priced. Buy It!
The music is amazing (I have 90% of it elsewhere, and the sound quality of this is just as good as single discs). The book is pretty good, obviously don't expect anything too detailed.
In short - Great value for money, ideal starting point for a newcomer to Miles (or a collector looking to get all the last bits and pieces), awful packaging.
For this reviewer, of the four albums plus every extra still available to us collected here 'Miles Ahead' is the cream of the cream. The master take of Ira Gershwin and Kurt Weill's "My Ship" is jazz as fashioned by Claude Debussy, at least it would be if Gil Evans didn't have such a personal touch. But even that's only part of the story because the very selection of instruments -all those high reeds and woodwinds for example- makes for something else again. With Davis out front it's still not too much, but in the hands of more or less every well-known jazz trumpeter of the time it could have been, so great and deft was his handling of pathos.
'Porgy And Bess' is chronologically the second album of this collaboration. It's more of the same and more besides. Given Evans's extraordinary abilities to handle material it's not surprising to hear what he makes of this music. Even so "Bess You Is My Woman Now" is transformed from something ambivalent to something so alive with pastel shades that it almost takes on a visual dimension, especially as Davis, with that singular knack for choosing the right notes, falls right in with it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Subtle, complex but more importantly uplifting and emotional music from a true great across any genrePublished 10 months ago by Ian Webb
132 tracks over six discs featuring the entire studio output of Miles Davis and Gil Evans in an orchestral setting. Read morePublished 13 months ago by D J F
One of the greatest jazz collaborations is captured in this excellent 6-disc set. Great sound reproduction and wonderful, timeless music. Recommended.Published 15 months ago by David Lusher
Miles Davis & Gil Evans' collaborations are among the most highly-regarded Big-Band Jazz albums of their era - well, three of them are at least; Quiet Nights is widely regarded to... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Falstaff
Miles & Gil cook up some beautiful tectures and tone sin this collection from the 1950's - I'd recomend it to anyone!Published on 11 May 2013 by Richie
A fascinating piece of high class jazz history. Worth every penny! If you like the Gil Evans / Miles Davis combination: GET IT.Published on 4 April 2013 by BWD