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Cookin' With The Miles Davis Quintet (Remastered)

Miles Davis Quintet, Miles Davis Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Nov 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord
  • ASIN: B000000Y7F
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 452,418 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. My Funny Valentine 5:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Blues By Five 9:55Album Only
Listen  3. Airegin (Album Version) 4:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Tune Up/When Lights Are Low13:08Album Only

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The first great Miles Davis quintet included John Coltrane, Red Garland, Philly Joe Jones, and Paul Chambers, a group whose every record, honestly, is worthy of attention. The string of LPs, recorded in a blistering artistic marathon in 1956 and released originally on Prestige, is collected on the magnificent eight-CD Chronicle: The Complete Prestige Recordings and draws from their exceptional nightly club repertoire. Cookin' opens with "My Funny Valentine," just as Davis often did on gigs during this period. It gets a slight edge over the other Prestige titles of this group only because it offers a nice balance of ballads, blues, and hard-bop warhorses. Coltrane at this point lacked the consistency and otherworldly inspiration of his later work, but he was playing with a force and even a recklessness that contrasted with Davis's quiet ruminations. But on this record Davis is inspired and witty, and Coltrane matches him all the way. Meanwhile, an all-star rhythm section follows them at every step, helping create an organic unity among equals that was unprecedented in jazz before this group. --John Szwed

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music 28 Oct 2007
By William Burn VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
1956 was a good year for Miles Davis. In two days in the studio he fulfilled the requirements of his contract with Prestige, and produced four brilliant albums to boot. The band - the first "great quintet" of Davis, Coltrane, Garland, Jones and Chambers - was playing supremely well, and the material was an exciting mix of perfectly-delivered standards and newer jazz compositions.

It would be wrong to argue that any one of the four albums recorded in 1956 (the others are Relaxin', Workin' and Steamin' all "with the Miles Davis Quintet") is better than the others, as each demonstrates moments of inspired genius in different ways, but this is for me one to which I turn more frequently than the others. There is one obvious reason for this, which is Paul Chambers' bass playing on "My Funny Valentine", yet the overall effect is important too. This feels like a club set, with its mix of easy swing and straightahead workouts, and the final pairing of Tune-Up and When Lights are Low works brilliantly.

As I suggested in my review of Relaxin, this is an album that every lover of jazz music simply must own, but its appeal will stretch far beyond this one corner of the musical world. Anyone with a serious interest in music will find here imagination, musicianship and playing of the very highest order, and one of the great albums of the 20th century.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great album, BUT....don't get this version! 2 Nov 2001
By David Dennis - Published on
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I really love this album and can't really expand upon all the wonderful comments made by others with regard to the music, performance, and importance of this work.
However, being such a fan of this album by Miles, I have 3 differerent versions of this album:
1. Fantasy/Original Jazz Classics; ASIN: B000000Y7F, ...
2. JVC; ASIN: B000044U0U, ...
3. Fantasy/Prestige "50th Anniversary Edition"; ASIN: B00000K0YD, ...
Of these, the ... release is notably inferior in its sound quality to the other two. Both the JVC and the Fantasy "50th Anniversary Edition" were given a 20-bit remastering using JVC's 'K2 Super Coding System'. Whether it was the technical factors of the K2 system or simply a gifted recording engineer that made the difference is impossible to know without hearing the original master tapes, but the end result is that the other releases sound notably better.
However, the JVC and '50th Anniversary Edition' are sonically indistinguishable from each other (for all I know, it may actually be the same re-mastering marketed under two different labels). The JVC version doesn't really offer any value-add over the '50th Anniversary Edition', so I would suggest ignoring that particular issue, as it offers poor value for money when compared to the '50th Anniversary Edition'.
On the other hand, I really recommend paying the small extra sum to buy the '50th Anniversary Edition' instead of the 'base' version on this page. The sonic improvements are definitely worth it!
5 stars for the album itself, but 2 stars for this particular issue.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars miles at his best 15 Aug 2000
By p dizzle - Published on
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this album, recorded the same afternoon as three other records (relaxin', workin', and steamin') with mr. davis's first stellar quintet (davis, john coltrane, red garland, paul chambers, and philly joe jones), is a masterpiece in every sense. mr. davis was in top form having now found his own voice somewhere between dizzy gillespie's and clifford brown's blistering bop trumpet and the west coast understatement of the horn. "my funny valentine" could be played over and over again and never stop revealing the nuances of the melody each soloist coaxes from the tune as they improvise its theme. "airegin" lets us know mr. davis could blaze right along with the best of them, but the closing ballad "when lights are low," sets us free with another study for quiet evenings and romantic fires. the quintet had jelled on this album and this truly is a group piece. miles always gave his sidemen plenty of room to stretch and even encouraged trios and duos to split off during the soloing so each man could shine in their own way. a classic record.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great stuff 24 Sep 2000
By Sean M. Kelly - Published on
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"Cookin, " "Relaxin," "Steamin," and "Workin," were all recorded in one afternoon in 1955 to fulfill Davis' contractuaral obligations to Prestige records so he could work full time with Columbia records.
The results of the 4 lps are varied, each with highs and lows (a noticably sad low is John Coltrane's playing on these sides, as Trane was battling, and losing to, any number of addictions from alcohol to overeating...Trane would soon take a forced sabbatical to get his life in order and Sonny Rollins would join the group), but the overall feel of all these sides are relaxed, with the group enjoying themselves.
Of wonderful note on these sides is the underrated piano of Red Garland, who, in more than one place, is allowed to lead himself, bassist Chambers, and drummer Jones, in a trio setting. The results were a very fine trio who would later record under Garland's leadership. Red's playing is simple- he loved to play block chords- and his soloing is basic yet very effective, blending well with his rhythm section battery mates.
On "Cookin," all members are focused on the 4 numbers at task, with "Blues By Five" being my personal favorite track. Miles' blowing on "My Funny Valentine" is pure and melodic, with more than a hint of emotion in it- and why it would remain a concert staple well into the late 60's.
This lp (as well as the other 3) are treats, and show the 1st great quintet (while not quite great yet- a clean and rejuvinated Coltrane would push the group to greatness) at ease and having fun.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning in its simplicity and elegance 6 Mar 2002
By Fuzzyspaceman - Published on
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You start out listening to Miles with 'Kind of Blue', maybe 'Sketches of Spain' or 'Bitches Brew'. This series of Prestige recordings is draw-dropping jazz; I defy anyone to listen to 'My Funny Valentine' and not be profoundly moved. Red Garland has been much maligned as a 'cocktail pianist' and has been overshadowed by Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock in the Annals of Jazz Revisionism. But it's Garland's sublime light touch that sets Miles up for that rasping whisper at the top of the mix. For me, this is Miles at his beautiful best -- it is the album I come back to time and time again. Get the whole series (Cookin', Steamin', Relaxin' etc) it is the greatest jazz education you could ever wish for. Play it in the bath. Float away for ever.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album makes life worth living 8 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on
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If I'm feeling depressed I put on this album. That's how uplifting the music is. Contained herein are THE definitive versions of three classics: Airegin, Tune Up, and My Funny Valentine. Miles' and Coltrane's solos begin to sound like immaculate compositions after you've heard them a few times. Oh, and Philly Joe Jones simply defines bebop jazz drumming on this release. Run, don't walk to buy this one.
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