The remastered version of the 1951 Miles Davis iconic album, notable for the presence of two youngsters who'd mature into identifiable voices on their instruments: 21-year-old tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins and 19-year-old alto saxophonist Jackie McLean. The spirit of their idol Charlie Parker seems to hover over the proceedings Dig
opens with the shifting canvas of George Shearing's "Conception", which, as jazz historian Dan Morgenstern points out, bears the mark of Miles's group conception on Birth of the Cool
. Davis sets the pace with vigorous, dancing lines--an imposing statement with which to inaugurate a session when you're just getting your chops together. Elsewhere, the contrasting medium tempos of "Out Of The Blue" and "It's Only A Paper Moon" inspire Miles' most direct melodic statements, full of expressive smears and rhythmic variations.
The CD features 2 bonus tracks - 'My Old Flame' and ' Conception', with Jackie McLean, Walter Bishop, Tommy Potter & Art Blakey.