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5 Oct 2012

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  Song Title
Dr. Jackle
Sid's Ahead
Two Bass Hit
Billy Boy
Straight, No Chaser
Two Bass Hit (Alternate Take)
Milestones (Alternate Take)
Straight, No Chaser (Alternate Take)

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  • Original Release Date: 5 Oct 2012
  • Label: FM Jazz
  • Copyright: (p) 2008 Revolver Music Limited
  • Total Length: 1:08:46
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,887 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Kind of Blue 14 April 2005
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Perhaps the jazz conservatives (e.g. Stanley Crouch) would burn me at the stake for the title of this review and yes, the soul-stirring Kind of Blue is certainly the best modal record I've heard, but I much prefer this, since Coltrane and Adderley really leap out and play from the get-go.
Dr. Jackle is absolutely manic to play, a Jackie McLean tune that this quintet seem to delight in playing rather fast. It's excellent hard-bop, and Miles plays an excellent solo which sticks to the middle register, a range which trumpeteers do not explore enough, though this can be only down to the influence of intervallic trumpeters like Dizzy. Listen out for the early duel between Adderley, and Coltrane. Listening to 'Two Bass Hit', it is an interesting contrast to hear it against the version on 'Round About Midnight. The two saxophonists play the opening line, and Red Garland plays the call-and-response piano. Coltrane's solo in this is very different, not relying on cliches, and theres still traces of those idiosyncratic runs of his in the solo. The excellent rhythmic support is almost forgotten in the midst of all this horn interplay. Sid's Ahead is another great piece.
'Milestones', my favourite track on the album, is a wonderful exploration of the modes, and I have to say, that Adderley's solo is certainly more assured and joyous than anything I've heard him play, even on Kind of Blue. If anyone sounds slightly perturbed by this piece, it's actually Coltrane. Garland's repetitive modal riff, keeps the tune pacing along wonderfully. He gets a chance to shine on 'Billy Boy', and his odd locked-hands style is on exhibit here, as well as his Ahmed-Jamal influenced bluesy runs on the piano. Philly Joe Jones and Paul Chambers are superb on this track too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Recorded in 1958, nearly 10 years after Miles Davis laid down the foundations of his cool jazz style with the `Birth of the Cool' sessions, this is almost a masterpiece form the great man. Over the preceding years he had continued to evolve the style and build a group of musicians around his that really understood and could work with his musical vision. And for this recording it all started to gel beautifully into some really fine recordings.

The players were at this time a sextet, consisting of Miles (trumpet), Nat Adderly (alto sax), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (double bass) and Philly Joe Jones (drums). Even the uninitiated will recognise some huge jazz figures in that list, especially saxophonists Adderly and Coltrane. The wealth of talent in these recordings is breathtaking!

Miles at this time was moving forward again, starting to explore a more modal approach to the music. Using simple melodies as the backbone, the band members go off into complex solos, bouncing off each other in an amazing demonstration of interplay and group dynamic. Anchored in the rhythm section of Chambers and Jones, some exhilarating pieces were the result. Miles' playing is at its lyrical, cool best, as he soars off into the blue yonder, literally miles ahead of the rest.

It's not all great. The best tracks are the relaxed tempo ones such as the superb rendering of Thelonious Monk's `Straight No Chaser', or `Milestones'. There are a couple of uptempo tracks which seem to unsettle the group, disturb the relaxed atmosphere, and feel a little forced as opposed to the very natural, organic feel of the truly great numbers.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joyous and uplifting 2 Jun 2001
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Format:Audio CD
This is a staggering album... The title tune "Milestones" is now a classic. The theme is fascinating not for what is played but for what is implied. You hear yourself singing harmonies all around those that you actually hear. And the rhythm section is just rocking; Philly Joe's drumming is dense with swirling cymbals and rapid-fire rolls, his excitement and passion overpowering. And then, Cannonball Adderley at his most joyous, breaks in with a solo that almost on its own takes the jazz soloing of the era into a whole new expressive dimension. One hearing of this massive record and it feels like you've known it all your life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This was a sentimental replacement for a vinyl I'd had since my early 20's. I was a post war boom baby. I loved it then, and it still is a very good introduction to modern jazz (of the day!), as I had been brought up on New Orleans and Skiffle by my brother, and my real love is classical music. The rhythms are good and varied, there are tunes! and emotions come through in several places.
My only complaint is that it could be longer in spite of the extra tracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Davis' Humming Sextet 24 May 2013
By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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For this groundbreaking 1958 recording Miles Davis reconstituted his great quintet of earlier in the decade (John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones) and, in a stroke of genius, added the alto sax of Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley. Of course, this sextet went on to develop much further the modal playing that Miles initiated on Milestones on the later Kind Of Blue, but it is on Milestones with its predominantly bluesy feel that, for me, Adderley, makes a particularly telling contribution, peppering (in particular) the up-tempo numbers here with some blistering solos.

In fact, Milestones provides some of the most 'humming' renditions you'll ever hear from a Davis band, particularly on up-tempo numbers such as Jackie McLean's Dr Jackle and the John Lewis/Dizzy Gillespie composition, Two Bass Hit. The former of these two features some superb playing from Miles over an irresistibly sparse rhythm, whilst Adderley and Coltrane's traded solos meld into one another until it takes real aural perception to tell them apart. Two Bass Hit is another similarly cooking tune, without quite the seamlessly melded solos from the two saxes, but featuring some particularly impressive playing from Adderley over Miles' closing chord descent.

The album's title tune, of course, features one of jazz's most unmistakeable openings in the horns' staccato playing, as well as showcasing Davis' famously muted (and subtle) horn playing, at times recalling moments from his Milestones collaboration with Gil Evans. Here, both saxes also excel with their own distinctive brands of lyricism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
The second Jazz album I ever bought on vinyl about 25 years ago. A truly great set of tunes.

It just sounds fantastic in mono! Read more
Published 2 months ago by billy stevenson
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic Miles Davis album
This is really a classic album. This should be in the collection of every serious jazz lover. He is such a talented man. Milestones is a true classic.
Published 11 months ago by Mr. Mark K. Sims
5.0 out of 5 stars BLEW ME AWAY
In general I prefer the laid back , emotion ballards that Miles Davis does. But "Milestones" blew me away. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars Made my spouse's day1
We had this on vinyl but could no longer safely play it. Now the wonderful sound of Mils Davis' trumpet floats through the house regularly.
Published 14 months ago by sabibhu
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Better Than Kind Of Blue - But Very Good
Reading the wowed existing reviews piqued my interest in buying this, now (mid-2012) the CD is at a reasonable price. I'm not an out and out jazz fan, nor a musician. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Southern Nomad
5.0 out of 5 stars A milestone...
As cool, meditative and relaxed and thoughtful is 'Kind of Blue','Milestones' taken in the round is a much more direct,high energy affair. Read more
Published 22 months ago by os
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Jazz
The service from the supplier was very good and the CD is a classic, "must have" for any jazz fan. Miles Davies and his group at their very best.
Published on 2 Mar 2011 by Ronald Mobbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Half a Great Album
If Milestones is one of Miles's great albums, meriting a 5-star rating, I think it's mainly on the strength of its three best tracks: "Milestones", "Straight No Chaser" and "Sid's... Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2004 by MikeG
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC
Where do I begin?! What a blast; exhilarating, exciting and plenty to get your cerebral listening gear into. The first cut (Dr Jackle). Read more
Published on 28 May 2004 by "dhaesler"
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