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'Round About Midnight 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 (27 Jun. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Columbia / Legacy
  • ASIN: B0009JK0RA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,188 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. 'Round Midnight
2. Ah-Leu-Cha
3. All Of You
4. Bye Bye Blackbird
5. Tadd's Delight (Alternate Take)
6. Dear Old Stockholm
7. Two Bass Hit
8. Little Melonae
9. Budo
10. Sweet Sue, Just You
Disc: 2
1. 'Round Midnight (Live)
2. Introduction by Gene Norman (Live)
3. Chance It (Aka Max Is Making Wax) (Live)
4. Walkin' (Live)
5. Gene Norman & Miles Davis (Live)
6. It Never Entered My Mind (Live)
7. Woody 'N You (Live)
8. Salt Peanuts (Live)
9. The Theme (Live)

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If anybody ever wonders what jazz is all about, knowledgeable souls will always push them towards Kind Of Blue as a starting point. Fair enough; it’s the perfect album, jazz or otherwise. However, as with all things musical, the journey is just as interesting as the destination, and Miles’ journey begins properly with "‘Round About Midnight". The story goes that at the ‘55 Newport Jazz Festival, a newly heroin-free Davis jammed the title track on stage and resurrected his career in the course of one song.

The original LP is rightly praised--Miles is simply a joy to hear, as is his band (his greatest?) including John Coltrane and Philly Joe Jones. Remastered, it sound even more awe-inspiring; have 50 year old recordings ever sounded so vitally modern? But it’s the extras that will cause jubilation - the recording of Round Midnight from Newport, plus a set from early ’56 with the same quintet on the album. Needless to say they are a treasure trove of performances, including a brief interview with Miles himself. Even if you own the original album, it’s worth buying again for these bonus bits. If you don’t, count yourself lucky and begin your jazz odyssey here. --Thom Allott

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 April 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This marvellous 2-CD set features the first studio sessions that Miles Davis recorded for COLUMBIA between October 1955 & September 1956 plus a memorable performance from the 1955 Newport Jazz Festival and a live Gene Norman concert.
CD 1, tracks 1-10 were recorded in New York City with Miles(trumpet); John Coltrane(tenor sax); Red Garland(piano); Paul Chambers(bass) & Philly Joe Jones(drums).
Miles is in brilliant form playing with a harmon mute on impressive versions of ''Round Midnight', 'All of You' & 'Bye Bye Blackbird'. Coltrane's fiercely driving tenor saxophone provides a striking contrast and the superb rhythm section gives swinging support.
CD 2, track 1 was recorded by Voice of America at the Newport Jazz Festival on July 17, 1955 and features a beautiful version of ''Round Midnight' with Miles and pianist Thelonious Monk in a stunning duet.
CD 2, tracks 2-9 are from a Gene Norman concert at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium recorded on February 18, 1956 with the same band as on CD 1 playing fine versions of 'Walkin'', 'It Never Entered My Mind' & 'Salt Peanuts'.
The music on these overlooked recordings still sounds fresh over 50 years later and belongs in every Miles Davis collection.
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3 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Oct. 2005
Format: Audio CD
The eponymous track is an amazing "blue" and soothing piece.
This record is very good on the whole.
Not much more to say.
A Miles Davis classic if not a Jazz Classic.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Buy it Again, Anyway. It's way, way too good. 16 Jun. 2005
By o dubhthaigh - Published on
Format: Audio CD
No one should need to have the importance of this disc explained to them and from a sonic standpoint, the quality here is from the same remastered and restored tapes that produced the Miles/Trane box. What takes this elsewhere are the extra tracks from the recording sessions, and they are each terrific, and the second bonus disc with a live date of Miles with Monk delivering an absolutely mystical "Round Midnight," plus a concert from Pasadena California with the Trane quintet.

Regarding the Monk selection, the way that each man inspired the other is perhaps nowhere near so claerly evident as on this track. By itself, it would justify the price. Following with the never before released concert from Pasadena makes the second disc worth releasing on its own merits. The goof-ball MC sounds like such a cornball in his intro to Davis and his band, that you will find yourself squirming in humour. Imagine Jack Benny introducing P Diddy. Actually......

well, anyway, the band kicks in and there is an undeniable energy that they bring to the audience. Hopefully, as is the case with Hendrix, there are lodas of concert tapes from this quintet as well asmany of the other formations Miles put together. Miles was a live player. The studio records were phenomenal, but he knew the dialectics of live performance better than any jazz artist before or after him.

replace your other copies of this essential document. What you are familiar with will delight you, and the new stuff will astound you.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A great studio album + many bonus tracks from live performances 3 May 2013
By Mike Tarrani - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This set contains Davis' first album for Columbia after wrapping up his obligations to Prestige, plus some amazing live performance tracks. Before I bore you with history and any weak analysis I may write, take a few moments to listen to the sound samples. Those really should be all you need to decide if this album is right for you.

The first six tracks are what comprised the original album that was recorded in three sessions for Columbia in NY (October 26, 1955 and June 5 and September 10, 1956.) This album was released by Columbia as CL 949 on March 18, 1957.

All of the remaining tracks on disc 1 are all from the October 5, 1955 session except for Sweet Sue, Just You, which was recorded during the September 10, 1956 session. All of these tracks were performed by Davis on trumpet, John Coltrane on tenor sax, and a rhythm section comprised of Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums.

On disc 2 the first track is from the Newport Jazz festival on July 17, 1955. It is one of the seminal renditions of Monk's 'Round Midnight and featured Davis backed by Monk himself on piano, Zoot Sims on tenor sax, Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax, and the remaining rhythm section of Percy Heath on bass and Connie Kay on drums (both of whom were Modern Jazz Quartet alumni.) The remaining tracks are From the Pacific Jazz Festival in 1956 featuring Davis on trumpet, John Coltrane on tenor sax, and a rhythm section comprised of Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums.

Since my favorite era for Miles encompasses the Prestige and early Columbia years this - to me - is a treasure. Frankly the single track on disc 2 from Newport putting Miles on the same stage as Monk is what makes this of such value to me. Again, let the sound samples guide you - your ears will not let you down.
15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
What have I been missing? 24 Jun. 2006
By Daniel J. Jensen - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Firstly, I am not a jazz fan. This is perhaps because I have heard too many cool people running on at the mouth about the subject (especially about their cult of improvisation), and haven't taken the time to just sit down and have a listen. Well, shame on me! I checked the old rev. of this CD from the library on a whim (there he was, in that devilish red and black light), and wow. I did not hear the novelty of improvisation. I did not hear someone trying to sound different than everybody else. No, I heard sublime interpretations of traditional themes, rather than the chaotic pomposity that my prejudices had warned me against. I had to go buy this marvellous, and quite listenable production, because I didn't want to have to wait to get this breath of fresh air from the library. Buy this for your medicine cabinet; I'm sure the doctor will approve.
Classic. 29 Nov. 2013
By Yes - Published on
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Classic early Davis. You have to love this album, and Coltrane was yet to peak on it too, leaving room for anticipation.
wonderful album stands the test of time 13 Jun. 2013
By JOE GAROFOLO - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Miles with John Coltrane, a bonus live set and a song with Thelonius way to go wrong with this!
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