Miles Davis Quintet - 'Round About Midnight


Speakers Corner (Columbia)



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ACOL 949
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"A couple of the earlier albums are more consistently top-notch (Workin' and Relaxin'), but this one is just as hard-driving on the uptempos and as crisp and moody on the ballads, especially the title track (maybe the most galvanizing version of Monk's anthem), 'All of You,' and 'Bye, Bye Blackbird.' Columbia's sound was equal to that of Rudy Van Gelder's as well." – Fred Kaplan, Stereophile

At long last these early recordings, which Miles Davis set down for the Columbia label in 1955 and 1956, are available on LP again. And what is more, they were made without any alternate takes or second attempts, as is the custom these days. You can sit back and enjoy the six numbers in the order which the producer, probably in conjunction with Davis, decided upon. To be sure, all of the titles are well known and have been played a thousand times over in many different versions. But what this Quintet (and here each and every individual musician is meant!) produces as regards inventiveness, thrilling improvisations and artistry is absolutely top notch. Davis' vibrato-less sound is taken over seamlessly by John Coltrane – wonderfully demonstrated in the middle of "Bye, Bye Blackbird," while Paul Chambers' showpiece is "Ack Vameland du skona" (aka "Dear Old Stockholm"). In the years 1955-56, bebop was the talk of the day, born witness to by the classics Tadd's Delight by Tadd Dameron and Ah-Leu-Cha by Charlie Parker. Here, however, the improvised melodic strands are more moderate, pointing the way to the style that later became known as modal jazz. Although Round About Midnight as an album does not enjoy the reputation of Kind Of Blue, this Columbia recording contains many gems which are well worth hearing.

1. ‘Round Midnight
2. Ah-Leu-Cha
3. All Of You
4. Bye Bye Blackbird
5. Tadd’s Delight
6. Dear Old Stockholm

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 4 person(s) rated this product.

This is the one to get

posted on 01/29/2015
5 Stars
Compared this disc and the MoFi head-to-head. This one is more detailed and natural-sounding. The clear winner.

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posted on 10/08/2010
5 Stars
Reviewer: Nick
interesting time for miles - you can hear the thinking evolving whis makes this a musical must have

Great Album

posted on 09/03/2010
5 Stars
Reviewer: John
I am a guitarist just getting into modal jazz. My teacher told me to listen to Miles Davis, and mentioned this album. I listened to a few tracks on Youtube first and instantly loved it. The sound quality on the vinyl is full and clear. You cannot go wrong when Coltrane and Davis get together.

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