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  • Audio CD (16 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Jazz
  • ASIN: B00005B58W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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It's really hard to disagree with the general opinion; this is Miles at his lyrical and contemplative best, while John Coltrane is really spicing the things up with his rough tenor; contrasting the leader's horn very effectively...

And yes, this is the album that has both the magnificent and rightly famous version of Monk's "'Round Midnight" and the beautiful and extremely creative version of children song "Bye Bye Blackbird"! But there is also boppish "Ah-Leu-Cha", sentimental and ironic Vincent Youman's "All of You"...

Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on the bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums are a rhythm section at the same time powerful and subtle, ideal for supporting and inspiring the horns... Get it!
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94 of 97 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91fdbd74) out of 5 stars The Beginning of a Long and Fascinating Journey. 20 Oct. 2002
By The Groove - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is Miles Davis' debut with Columbia records, and since 1955, the year in which "Round About Midnight" was released, neither Columbia nor the world of jazz would remain the same. While others point to "Kind of Blue" as his classic, some of Davis' most thrilling work can be found here. On this album, Davis ropes in John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones to form a quintet that would stand as a tremendous force to be reckoned with. "Ah-Leu-Cha" bristles with energy, and it brilliantly shows the interplay between Davis and Coltrane throughout the track. There's also the relaxed cool of "Bye Bye Blackbird" and the uptempo bounce of "Tadd's Delight," which has nice piano work from Red Garland and head-bobbing bass from Paul Chambers. But, of course, the CD's towering moment is the title track, brilliantly adapted by the quintet. It would serve as one of THE greatest pieces of work in Miles' catalogue. I can seriously listen to this CD fifty gazillion times and never tire of it. And that's the way all great albums should be. After each listen, "Round About Midnight" reveals something new that I didn't catch before. This is the remastered version, and while the term "remastered" gets bandied about very casually when marketing releases, I can assure you that the folks at Sony did a great job here. The bass projects more fully, the drums sound crisp, and Davis sounds like he entered the studio last year. Very little of the recording sounds like it was done in the 1950s. The disc also has 4 bonus tracks; my personal favorite is the terrific 7-minute "8 Little Melonae." Those who are new to jazz or Miles Davis should definitely make this historic masterpiece among their first purchases.
43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91fa6168) out of 5 stars The first and best quintet. 4 Dec. 2003
By Daniel Fineberg - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is my personal favorite of Miles' small group records, and his first for Columbia. It's simply a matter of taste whether you prefer the first quintet or the second. Those who tend a little more towards the free jazz choose the second, but I prefer the delicate swing of the earlier one, even though Coltrane was not yet fully formed as a sax player. Still, their rendition of Cole Porter's "All of You" has to be one of Davis' most perfect recordings, where Red Garland's piano block chords work to irresistible effect (as they do on "Bye Bye Blackbird"). Miles told Red that he wanted Ahmad Jamal's style transplanted into his band, and a good argument could be made that it was Garland's swing that set the tone for the direction of the band. At the very least, Miles always turned to Red for suggestions of which standards to play. The other highlight is the downright otherworldly performance of Monk's "Round Midnight" (of which Monk apparently did not approve), where Coltrane shows early signs of breaking through. Not very surprising that it was Coltrane's brief stint with Monk that finally set him loose for good. Also worth noting is a fantastic version of "Dear Old Stockholm" which features an extended and brilliant bass solo by Paul Chambers, who very rarely got any soloing time on Miles' studio records. Great, great music.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x936004b0) out of 5 stars Cool and stylish album from Miles' first great quintet. 3 Jan. 2002
By Nathan - Published on
Format: Audio CD
'Round About Midnight' is the first album Miles Davis would record during his long tenure at Columbia, and is the beginning of the most prolific and consistentally impressive output in jazz music history. You can see where the level of sophistication and innovation is flourishing in these recordings, even though this is still more or less considered "traditional" jazz. But the improvised lines, and the cool, muted playing are already becoming apparent as a Miles standard. The album opens up with 'Round Midnight', which is a rich and stirring late-night ballad, starting out with Miles' brooding, muted trumpet playing over Paul Chambers' slowly rolling basslines, then changing pace slight with Coltrane's reflective tenor sax smoothing out the edges, and making it into a smoky nightclub classic. Truly a work of art. 'Ah-Leu-Cha' is a throwback to the classic bebop style of jazz, and is more uptempo, with some impressive soloing from Coltrane and Davis. Red Garland's piano work is great here as well, as he manages to keep up with every chord change being thrown at him. 'All of You' is an old pop standard that the quintet plays through easy and relaxed. The same goes for the cool and subdued interpretation of 'Bye Bye Blackbird'. This is one of the best renderings of this old standard that you will find, and Davis varies his playing softly and then brings it back up to higher notes to compilment Coltrane's tenor sax. The musicianship all blends together seamlessly on this song as Garland's excellent piano solo brings Davis back in to close it out with a final sweet, muted refrain; just beautiful. 'Tadd's Delight' is another nice throwback to hard bop, with rollicking drumming from Philly Joe Jones, and more impressive piano playing from Garland. The final song on the original album 'Dear Old Stockholm' is a strange and haunting number, particularly Paul Chambers' long bass solo, which is low enough to get your heart racing. This reissue contains four titles from these sessions that were not featured on the original album, but all of them are slighty subpar in comparison, the only real standout, to me, being the slightly upbeat interpretation of 'Little Melonae', with its interesting arrangements and Davis' cool and perfectly-timed trumpet interjections.
This is one of the essential recordings from Miles Davis' Columbia Years and anyone who is only familiar with the cool and stylish sophistication of 'Kind of Blue' and wants to know where to go next in Miles' HUGE catalog should check this album out. This quintet's musicianship are the perfect compliment to each other and smooths out all the rough edges that had previously marred some of Miles' work prior to this. It is especially interesting to note that this is the only album that was recorded by the quintet who would break up this same year over inner tensions. But the beauty is, they would reform a year later in 1957 with Cannonball Adderly as a sextet, and then would continue on an uphill journey making some of the greatest and most reputed recordings in jazz history.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9218d4bc) out of 5 stars One of the best, if not the best 27 May 2004
By C. Lade - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This record is one of those rare records that you can put on from the first song and to the last and never get bored or want to skip a song.
'Round Midnight is a perfect song, from start to finish. Both Miles and Trane express what they want with gorgeous melodies and tone.
Ah-Leu-Cha is a great rendition of the classic Charlie Parker tune, especially with the intertwining melodies at the beginning.
All of You shows the depth of Miles' Harmon mute, and is the best take of this song I've heard (better than the Blackhawk recording or some of the Plugged Nickel stuff).
Bye Bye Blackbird contains what I think is Miles' best solo ever. His use of the Harmon mute is gorgeous and the entire song is unbelievable. Listen specifically to Philly Joe Jones brush strokes and Garland's comping skills on this one.
Tadd's Delight is a great bop-style tune with one of Coltrane's best solo's on the disc. Jones' drumming is also unbelievable on this track.
Dear Old Stockholm is the baddest jazz track ever. Period. That track is just bad as sh*t, from the first note to the end. And the highlight of this track is Paul's rare extended solo and Coltrane's solo. If there is a "best" song on this album, this is it. And Miles probably put it at the end purposely to make sure every listener knew that his band was the baddest there was and will ever be.
Although there are extras which are great, I'm not going to talk about them because they weren't in the original album (even though Budo is awesome).
If you should get anything out of this album, it should be this: this group was the tightest group there ever was and listening to this album proves it. Everyone is right in time and right on top of the music--no one one this record even though about doing a half-ass job when it came to producing some of the best music ever laid down on record. Enjoy
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9242d918) out of 5 stars Miles Can Do No Wrong 28 Jun. 2002
By Ren - Published on
Format: Audio CD
In 1955, the Miles Davis Quintet recorded their debut album for Columbia Records. This Quintet is one of Miles's finests groups, with Miles Davis on trumpet, John Coltrane on tenor saxophone, Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. Miles Davis proves himself genius on this album because he makes an amazing jazz album in addition to the awesome performances.
It kicks off with the Thelonious Monk standard "Round Midnight", for which the album is named. This is easily the best performance on the album; honestly, it's my favorite version of "Round Midnight". It kicks off as a jazz ballad, where Miles plays a scintillating muted trumpet on the melody and his solo. After Miles's solo, the song becomes a medium swing, and the transition from ballad to medium swing is brilliantly executed. Once it becomes swing, Coltrane does an innovative solo. Then the song returns to its original ballad form as Miles concludes the song. This performance is awesome and alone worth buying the album.
However, the rest of the album holds up brilliantly. After "Round Midnight" comes "Ah-Leu-Cha", which is a Charlie Parker standard, and the Quintet does an amazing version of this song. After Miles and Coltrane, Garland does his first piano solo of the album, and does not disappoint at all.
Another standout on this album is the performance of "Bye Bye Blackbird", with Miles yet again on muted trumpet. He does a gorgeous interpretation of the melody and soothing solos, as does Coltrane. I think this song's main point is that it boasts the best Garland on this album, where Garland does some great blues licks and really hits it home.
The final standout on the original album is the performance of "Dear Old Stockholm", where Paul Chambers does the only bass solo on the original album and is awesome to finish this classic album.
However, the remastered version doesn't end there. There are four bonus tracks on this album, and they are all great. I always embrace bonus tracks as long as they don't overdo the alternate takes, like on "Giant Steps". But, there are no alternate takes here.
Bonus tracks and all, I recommend this to all jazz fans. I think this album is superb and a strong debut on one of jazz's biggest labels. It is also a sign that Miles and Coltrane still had much to show the jazz world.
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