This 13-cd set brings you from a 1946(!) recording with the Benny Carter Orchestra, the Royal Roost, the Pershing Ballroom, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, Birdland to the Newport Jazz Festival, the Steve Allen Show and Stuttgart in 1957. Other musicians include Lee Konitz, Gerry Mulligan, Max Roach, Gil Evans (arr), Kai Winding, Tadd Dameron, J.J. Johnson, Charlie Parker and many others. It surprises me that so little attention is given to this beautifully packed box with a 30 page booklet with photo's, complete places-names and liner notes by Jean-Pierre Jackson. With only one or two ommissions, mostly for royalty reasons, you can find everything from this life-period here. With almost 100 Miles cd's in my collection even for me this was an invaluable set for the earlier Miles years.
I second the earlier reviewer; I too am surprised this set isn't getting more notice. Probably because of its limited availability for sale in certain markets.
I would just add: I have several 1948-57 live "bootleg" recordings that aren't included here...but the ones I have that this set does include have been pretty nicely remastered for more clarity and balance here, it seems to me. The accompanying booklet is written in English by someone for whom English is not a primary language. Either that, or it's horrible type-setting and proofreading. The essay itself is not very informative either (they don't even give credit to the person or persons remastering the recordings), but there are some nice photographs. Musician listings appear pretty complete.
A great set though, well worth the low price. Pretty good packaging, too. And marvelous playing--but don't expect pristine or consistent sound.