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5.0 out of 5 stars Early Miles- but beautiful..., 21 Sep 2014
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This review is from: Miles Davis Vol.1 (Audio CD)
A very likable slice of early Miles. Featuring Miles in a small group all-star session (J.J Johnson, Jackie McLean, Kenny Clarke amongst others) playing in a style that lovers of the later Prestige label material will enjoy. The embryonic mixture of up-tempo Bop swingers and melancholic ballads that describe such albums as 'Relaxin'', 'Workin' and 'Cookin' is all here.Even on these early tracks we can see that Miles insists on structure, separation of instruments and discipline. Being an all-star band, the temptation to focus on 'hot' soloing could be understood,but that is not how Miles operates. The pay-off comes with say the highly evocative trumpet opening from Miles on 'Yesterday'', a beautifully nostalgic track or the show stopping take on 'It Never Entered My Head' where the execution of the melody is just beautiful.

Being such an early outing from Miles it possible that many prospective buyers might think it is only of historic interest, one for the hard core fans, that will buy anything with the name Miles Davis plastered on the front of the CD case. Not so, this a very worthwhile release, that even the not so enthusiastic jazz convert could enjoy with ease. Also, despite the age of the recording (1954) it sounds warm, intimate and inviting to the ears.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chance it!, 21 Sep 2013
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This CD and volume 2 contain all Miles' recordings for Blue Note in three sessions from 1952-4. All three sessions featured great melodic invention, impeccable musicianship, and if I prefer Vol 1 to 2 it's simply that there's more of Miles' lyricism on this one, and they play more standards. From the start of Dear Old Stockholm to the end of It Never Entered My Mind there isn't a note out of place. The recording is incredibly clear and it's hard to believe these are 60 year old recordings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blue Note classics, 8 Sep 2013
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A compilation of two disparate sessions from 1952 and 1954 Volume is beautifully produced for CD as part of the on going Rudy Van Gelder remasters series. The 15 tracks are in the Hard Bop genre and feature three alternative takes, with the album kicking off with the classic Dear Old Stockholm. At £1.07 including p&p this was a superb bargain not to be missed.
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