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1. Will You Still Be Mine?
2. I See Your Face Before Me
3. I Didn't
4. A Gal in Calico
5. A Night in Tunesia
6. Green Haze

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Why was the Trumpet invented? Part 9 17 Sept. 2000
By TUCO H. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For my money, "Musings" is the purest of all '50s Miles Davis records. This is the only saxophone-less small group Davis ever led, his first meeting with Red Garland and Philly Joe Jones, right before Coltrane came on board. At this point in time Coltrane's concept was still sloppy and rough whereas Miles' playing was at its zenith, which is why Coltrane's not being on this record is more of a plus than a minus. Davis die-hards are provided the unique opportunity to hear Davis and more Davis, extended trumpet improvisations without anything else breaking up the sustained voodoo save the perfect foil of Garland's Ahmad-Jamalesque piano.
"Musings" is a consolidation and coming to fruition of everything Davis was trying to do on his inconsistent recordings of the early `50s--the first fully elaborated and definitive `small group' statement of the original Davis/Mulligan/Evans `Birth of the Cool' anti-bebop concept that had already had widespread influence.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
All Miles, all of the time 21 Nov. 2002
By Micah Newman - Published on Amazon.com
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This oft-overlooked Miles Davis outing features the master with most of his '56 Quintet, minus John Coltrane, and substituting Oscar Pettiford for Paul Chambers on bass. The lack of the additional lead instrument gives Miles tons of soloing space, which he uses to most excellent effect (isn't it always: Miles + space = golden music ? ). Pettiford's bass playing has lots of bounce and drive, and he's a quite adequate substitute here for the great virtuoso Paul Chambers. "Philly Joe" and Red Garland are impeccable as always, rounding out a most primo rhythm section for Miles to lay on. The result is all Miles, all of the time, and it's sweet, needless to say.
Highlights include some very nice choices of standards, a distinctive reading of "A Night In Tunisia" that this band makes all its own, and Miles's own compositions "I Didn't" (a quite humorous rejoinder to Thelonious Monk's "Well, You Needn't") and "Green Haze." Don't stop with the Quintet LPs--you'll be missing out.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The Miles Davis QUARTET 15 Oct. 2005
By Bomojaz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The story goes that the night before this session took place the musicians attended a party in Harlem for Adam Clayton Powell. They played until dawn, only a few hours before the recording was to begin. Oscar Pettiford was totally smashed, so everything was recorded in one take only.

That being the case, there is little in the music performed here to indicate anything was amiss. In fact, it's a terrific date. There's a consistency to what's going down, no major highs and certainly no lows - just solid, right-on playing. Tempos are varied, from the slow blues BLUE HAZE to the wailing up-tempo WILL YOU STILL BE MINE.

Davis finally found the Ahmad Jamal-like piano player he was looking for - Red Garland (who would play like Jamal if Miles asked him to). A GAL IN CALICO is played in tribute to Jamal. This is a very relaxed, almost carefree (but not careless) session for Miles. It's a great session and a great CD. (It's only a couple of months after this date that John Coltrane enters the picture.)
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The Musings of Miles-Miles Davis 11 Jan. 2013
By WOODY - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
This is a really great record. My father didn't have this in his collection (I would have remembered since he use to buy stuff on Prestige). If you're a MIles Davis fan, this is an absolute must to have in your collection, if you can find it.
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Miles in a quartet setting 6 July 2015
By Mike Tarrani - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I love this album for a number of reasons, but foremost is the fact that Oscar Pettiford is on bass. The stories about Pettiford being intoxicated during the session may or may not be apocryphal, but a listen of the sound samples is telling. His playing - impaired or not - is superb, as are the performances of the entire quartet.

This is the first session with Red Garland on piano who is another of my favorite musicians, and having Philly Joe Jones on drums is the icing on the cake so to speak.

In addition to superb musicianship this album covers a range of musical styles from ballads to blues to up tempo. Nothing boring about the track list or the sequence. I love track 3, I Didn't, which is an answer to Monk's Well, You Needn't. In fact, as a drummer I especially love that song because of how smoothly and adroitly Philly Joe Jones switches from sticks to brushes and back, and his brushwork on Green Haze.

If you are a Davis fan this is an album to own if for no other reason than the quartet format and the personnel who are on it. Of course, the music is great. It was recorded in a single session for Prestige at Rudy van Gelder's Hackensack, NJ studio on June 7, 1955.
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