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Quiet Nights Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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Throughout a professional career lasting 50 years, Miles Davis played the trumpet in a lyrical, introspective, and melodic style, often employing a stemless Harmon mute to make his sound more personal and intimate. But if his approach to his instrument was constant, his approach to jazz was dazzlingly protean. To examine his career is to examine the history of jazz ... Read more in Amazon's Miles Davis Store

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  • Audio CD (6 Oct. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Columbia Legacy
  • ASIN: B000024V1S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,676 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Song No. 2
2. Once Upon A Summertime
3. Aos Pes Da Cruz
4. Song No. 1
5. Wait Till You See Her
6. Corcovado
7. Summer Night
8. The Time Of The Barracudas

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bc V. Price on 24 Mar. 2009
Format: Audio CD
This album has I feel has been needlessly given a bad press over the years. Indeed, it is reputed that Miles and indeed Gil Evans did not want this album released!
However, I think Miles and others maybe have been too harsh in their judgement of this album. It isn't that bad at all. Recorded on the West Coast it indeed has that West Coast laid back feel to the album. Anyway, I like this album and I would recommend it. It has for me a great moods of melancholy, menace and joy within it. It IS in the mould of Sketches of Spain in particular and also maybe Porgy and Bess for sound and arrangements.
The highlight tracks for me are 'once upon a Summertime' and the 'Night of the Barracudas' which is intersting episodic piece, in that it was written for astage play which was to star Laurence Harvey and is very moody. Miles plays both his famous Harmon Mute and some lovely Open trumpet on this album.
It is a very accesible album and user friendly. Trust your instincts,forget the 'critics' if you like mellow jazz this album will serve you well.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By GEORGIOS G. on 31 Mar. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This was truly an interesting session but unfortunately it also marked the end of a collaboration of two musicians that marked the history of music permanently. So let 's be blunt, this session does not stand up to neither : "Porgy and Bess", "Miles Ahead" or "Scetches of Spain", but still the music contained in it is beautiful yet very incomplete. In 1962 the Bossanova scene was truly VERY hot and Miles Davis having dispanded his first great quintet and after the success of "Scetches of Spain" gave in to Columbia's persistent efforts to get him to record a bossanova record with Gil Evans.
The idea was not necessarily bad just because it was a bit biased, but Columbia's urge to make as much money as possible from this trend and to make it fast, led them to cut the record and push it to the market, without allowing the two musicians to actually finish the record. While they were having a month's break from their first date in the studio when they begun the record, without consulting neither of the two, Columbia cut the record on April of 1963. The result was that the record got very bad reviews (much worse than it actually deserved) and led to the two artists exchanging some bad words and breaking up their musical cooperation for quite a while. And even when they got together again they did not record an entire album but only individual tracks.
To cut a long story short what we have here is some very sweet tunes and some obviously incomplete or average takes of songs lasting a total of 22 minutes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Falstaff on 28 Oct. 2013
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I have to admit - and I realise that to many this is sacrilege - that I've never really understood why Miles Davis & Gil Evans' collaborations have the reputation they do. There are some good bits on Miles Ahead and Porgy & Bess, but for the most part I find them all rather bland. Compared to, for example, the 1960s Jazz suites of Duke Ellington, Evans' arrangements seem like an an uneasy synthesis of Big-Band-Jazz and classical music that's doesn't particularly play to the strengths of either genre.

With this in mind it's perhaps inevitable that I've little good to say about Quiet Nights, Davis & Evans' fourth and final collaborative album, generally regarded - when it's even remembered at all - as one of the low points of the Davis canon. Neither Davis nor Evans had intended Quiet Nights to be released (at least, in this form) and it seems to make little sense as an album The 'suite' itself - if it can be called that - is just a sequence of bland, anonymous, vaguely latin-flavoured tracks that finish before they go anywhere, barely amounting to 20 minutes of music (perhaps Evans had intended to write some faster, longer pieces to fit between them?).

The two bonus tracks are generally better than the album itself, although not so much as to redeem it. 'Summer Night' is an out-take from the session that produced Miles' album 'Seven Steps to Heaven' and has nothing to do with Gil Evans nor with this album's bossa-nova concept. It's a reasonable track but it doesn't really belong here and is actually present on CDs of Seven Steps to Heaven (it's on mine, anyway), which is obviously its proper context.
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