22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 26 June 2001
I am so glad that this album has been re-issued properly. It is clearly one of Miles' best concerts. Not only is it from one of the trumpeter's many peaks, but it also features arguably his greatest band, his Kind of Blue group. In this recording we hear Miles' band in it's transition from a steaming Bop group to the renowned modal phase which Miles is probably most well-known for. Right from the start, the drive is there, with Jimmy Cobb powering the band onwards through Charlie Parker's Ah-Leu-Cha. Miles is beautiful as usual, as is the young Bill Evans an unknown quantity in 1958, but the real interest lies in the contrast between Adderley and Coltrane. Adderley is superb in his Parker-derived approach and steams through the changes, but Coltrane takes the listener a step further. Listen to the sheets of sound that emanate from his tenor on this album and then listen to his playing pre-1958. This was an artist who evolved into someone else and had the sound of the future coming out of his horn, a true genius.
It took a long time coming, but now it's here count it as one of the big ones, up there with Miles' best
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 September 2013
The Newport Jazz Festival 1958 produced a significant number of jazz albums and the classic film "Jazz On A Summer's Day" and here we hear a superb line up on the cusp of recording the best selling jazz album of all time, "Kind Of Blue". The six tracks here are all straight ahead standards of the genre:
Straight, No Chaser
Two Bass Hit
Bye Bye Blackbird
This concert swings - but with a line up containing John Coltrane AND Cannonball Adderley it would be a very bad night indeed if it didn't. Just one word of caution - if you already own "Miles and Coltrane" then you have five of the six tracks here, despite what is claimed to be the adjacent date it's the same concert.