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  • Audio CD (12 Mar 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000SQJ2N2
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By sugarshack on 5 Mar 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
this is a standard isseu of miles davis Quintet all the original songs are there.but there are no bonus tracks. nice cd for beginnin jazz fanatics
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Full Steam Ahead 20 Jun 2008
By Jack Baker - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Steamin' was the last to be released of the four classic albums created from the marathon two day sessions in 1956, which were recorded to fulfill Davis's Prestige contract. The quintet consisted of Davis on trumpet, John Coltrane on tenor sax, Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. This is the second of the four albums that I've purchased, the other in my collection being Workin' With the Miles Davis Quintet.

Steamin' begins with the Rodgers and Hammerstein tune "Surrey With the Fringe on Top" from the musical Oklahoma, a light-hearted romp. The album steamrolls ahead with a frantic version of Dizzy Gillespie's "Salt Peanuts". Philly Joe's drums sound almost crazed as he sets a manic pace for the other musicians to follow, culminating with a tour-de-force percussion solo that seems to occupy most of the song's six minute running time (without once becoming stale!) before a brief stab of horns ends the piece. From there, the album settles into a more relaxed tone with Coltrane dropping out for "Something I Dreamed Last Night", prime time Davis balladry. "Diane" is another mid-tempo number that's not quite a ballad, nor quite a burner, but finds a happy medium. "Well You Needn't" has a nice call and response between Davis and Coltrane, as well as some excellent ivory work from Garland. The interplay between Garland and Chambers is especially nice on this piece. And then there's the simply devastating version of "When I Fall in Love" that closes the set. Coltrane sits this one out and I'm not sure Miles's trumpet ever sounded as poignant as it does here. I was utterly charmed by this piece, my favorite on the record. I rather wish that I had discovered this album five years ago and perhaps my wife and I would have done our first dance to this song at our wedding.

Thus far, Steamin' and Workin' have both lived up to the hype that surrounds them. Based on these, I can't wait to hear Relaxin' and Cookin'. Strongly recommended.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Cookin' up joy 9 Dec 2010
By Matthew Watters - Published on
Format: Audio CD
It's funny that the critical consensus regarding this album is that, since Prestige held back it's release the longest, it is somehow the weakest of the four albums by the Miles Davis Quintet recorded for that label in 1956. It is somehow viewed as 'leftovers' from the famous October '56 marathon session that produced the albums Cookin', Relaxin' and Workin', when, in fact, only the Monk tune "Well You Needn't" in the present collection is from that session. Steamin' mostly presents the considerable fruits of an earlier March '56 session when this particular group may have been most feeling its oats. The band, with Red Garland and Philly Joe Jones at their peaks and Trane just reaching his, sounds far more at ease than during the somewhat more tense October date. And while the material on Steamin' is a merely a variety of covers of show tunes and standards (plus "Salt Peanuts"), it is all so imaginatively and swingingly executed, and with such joy, it's hard not to be moved. It's toe-tapping, lyrical and engaging, among some of the most purely happy music Davis ever recorded. Alongside the great Columbia dates like Kind of Blue and Milestones, Steamin' is quite simply one of Miles' finest albums. Of this quintet's four aforementioned Prestige albums, it's my personal favourite, and the one I'm most likely to return to most often.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The "Miles Trilogy", Cookin', Steamin', and Relaxin' 21 Jun 2011
By Jay Brown - Published on
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Ah the 'Miles Trilogy': Cookin',Steamin' and Relaxin'. They may not be a "must", but they are a definite "should have" for any Miles segment of a good listening collection. They are,after all,Miles and Trane. Take Steamin'(please). It opens with Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Surrey With The Fringe On Top",and everybody from the Seven Brothers (play) to Sonny Rollins (Newk's Time) plays it just like R&H wrote Except Miles! Here,it's a muted,laid-back,low-swinging,very cool classic. Thanks,also,to Red Garland,Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones. The opening and closing bars of Trane's solo have been stuck in my head since the 60's. The solo is quite sharp,too,as is Red's. Dizzy's "Salt Peanuts" is an old high-speed, birdland-style bebop classic jam, and Miles and Trane, introd(ed) by Philly Joe and Red, relay it as such. Watch for a long,mean drum solo from Philly Joe, which comes out of nowhere, and takes up most of the jam. Always the romantic, a muted Miles ballards to a low swing on "Something I Dreamed Last Night". Notice Paul's bass support here. Red, known for his harmonics,is 'swept along' by Philly Joe's brushwork, while soloing beautifully. "Diane" is similar to 'Surrey', in style. Red intros Miles (muted) and the theme. Miles swings a solo. Note Red's piano work behind Miles here. Trane enters with the theme, once, and is then off, blowing that old familiar "Tranesmoke". Red puts down a typically good solo. Miles closes. Miles'"Well You Needn't" is an excellent bop jam with very good solos from everyone. Notice a slightly different Red here, as well as a 'bowed' Paul. Miles "owns" "When I Fall In Love". Miles' romanticism is what makes Miles....well Miles! A romantic second to none. AND this is Miles Davis' "Steamin'", another in a long line of great Miles (and Trane) magic.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Miles with the Fringe on Top 10 May 2008
By G B - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This was the last of four albums recorded by the Miles Davis Quintet for Prestige records in 1956. (Cookin', Relaxin', and Workin' are the others.) My feeling is that the music, while generally strong, is what you'd expect from the last material to be released -- the music on the other albums (particularly Cookin' and Relaxin') is mostly better than what you'll find on this album.

The highlight, and without a doubt one of the best recordings from the 1956 Prestige sessions, is "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top". The rhythm section sets up their perfect light swinging groove, over which Miles's weaves a witty, melodic trumpet solo. Coltrane follows, barrelling ahead and providing the perfect constrast. "Diane" mines a similar groove though not quite reaching the same heights. The two ballads ("Something I Dreamed Last Night" and "When I Fall in Love") are typical for Miles during this time, with Coltrane sitting out; I think they are pretty colorless in comparison to "My Funny Valentine" (Cookin') and "It Never Entered My Mind" (Workin'). The same could be said for the bebop tunes -- not really on the caliber of "Airegin", "Oleo" or "Tune Up". Most of the music comes from the May session, not from the October session, so Coltrane's playing is more erratic than on Cookin' and Relaxin'.

I would get the other 3 albums from these sessions first, but this was a good enough group that almost everything by them is worth hearing. Steamin' is a very enjoyable listen.

[This review is based on the original CD issue; the tracklist is identical on both.]
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
classic, yes 13 Jun 2014
By F. J. PRISCO - Published on
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LOL, like I'm going to rate/review one of the top-tier jazz releases of all time.

In my case, I happen to find a surprisingly cheap set of Miles Davis albums -- Cookin, Relaxin, Workin, the other three albums made by this quartet -- and bought this just to round out the set. It doesn't matter to me which release contains which tracks; all four were recorded in two sessions, so I loaded them all into the same file on my ipod. Yeah, yeah, digitally snobbery hates ipods, but I can't play records while I drive -- and I have the CDs for home listening.

So, enough snobbery and back to the music -- if you're wondering whether or not to get this, well I don't think you really exist; why would you be looking at jazz from the Eisenhower administration unless you were already interested? I just wish I'd known about these sooner -- like when I'd heard KIND OF BLUE and wondered where to go next. Yes, it's all show tunes, but jazz isn't about the composer so much as the interpreter(s), which is why people have trouble with it today: there just isn't much for a jazz musician to do with today's pop music. And if you can't hear the wit and twinkle in Miles playing "Surrey With the Fringe on Top", maybe you just need to listen harder :)

Anyway: there's so much to hear in this, and its brother releases; if you haven't yet, then get to it :)
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