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A quintet at the top of their game
on 16 December 2014
Everything The Miles Davis Second Great Quintet ever recorded in a studio at a ridiculously low price. The progression here is clear when compared with the live material from the same group, concentrating on standards, albeit played with ever increasing dexterity and almost telepathic sensing of where each other were heading. That's true of this box, except it's their own material.
Arranged chronologically, there's a good helping of previously unreleased material, alternate takes and full length versions to satisfy the most slavish fan. Of particular note is Tony Williams' drumming, holding everything together. Here is proof that he was the best drummer in the world, ahead of the more commonly listed rock drummers.
A supreme collection, though some have noted difficulties removing the discs - simply push straight down, do not pull. Very informative book revealing all manner of detail about the sessions too. Vital.