Miles Davis | The Original Mono Recordings | CD Set

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From the start of the Miles Davis-Columbia relationship, enormous care was taken to record his albums, and no expense was spared to promote the results. The producers and engineers who toiled on Miles' albums between 1955 and 1963 considered mono truer to the original sound and original intent, even after the advent of stereo in 1958.

 

Miles Davis: The Original Mono Recordings offers Miles' nine earliest Columbia albums remastered and complete in one package _ all in impeccable mono mixes for the first time on CD. Seven of these albums _ Round About Midnight, Miles Ahead (both 1957), Milestones (1958), Porgy and Bess, Kind of Blue (both 1959), Sketches Of Spain (1960) and Someday My Prince Will Come (1961) _ are familiar classics which saw Miles rise to prominence as an architect of the –hard bop" style of jazz before revolutionizing the genre with ventures into modal jazz. Of these, Milestones and Kind of Blue remain among the most universally recognized jazz recordings in the world.

 

Miles Davis: The Original Mono Recordings also includes two exciting rare albums:

« 1958's Jazz Track features 10 compositions recorded for a French film, L'Ascenseuer pour l'echafaud, and three selections from an acclaimed session recorded shortly after the release of Milestones (and a prelude to Kind of Blueãstarring Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobbãoffering the only other studio sides we have by Davis's sextet before they would record what became the best-selling jazz album of all time).

« Miles & Monk At Newport, released in 1964, features selections from two separate live performances at the Newport Jazz Festival: Davis' leading the same sextet from Jazz Track in 1958, and a 1963 set from pianist Thelonious Monk, just recently signed to Columbia from the Riverside label.

 

Track Listings:

Disc One:

'Round About Midnight by The Miles Davis Quintet (originally issued March 4, 1957, as Columbia CL 949) Selections: 1. 'Round Midnight (recorded 9/10/56) « 2. Ah-Leu-Cha (10/27/55) « 3. All of You (9/10/56) « 4. Bye Bye Blackbird (6/5/56) « 5. Tadd's Delight (6/5/56) « 6. Dear Old Stockholm (6/5/56).

 

Disc Two:

Miles Ahead by Miles Davis + 19 (originally issued October 14, 1957, as Columbia CL 1041) Selections: 1. Springsville (recorded 5/23/57) « 2. The Maids of Cadiz (5/6/57) « 3. The Duke (5/6/57) « 4. My Ship (5/10/57, from the Broadway musical, Lady in the Dark) « 5. Miles Ahead (5/10/57) « 6. Blues for Pablo (5/23/57) « 7. New Rhumba (5/23/57) « 8. The Meaning of the Blues (5/27/57) « 9. Lament (5/27/57) « 10. I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) (5/27/57).

 

Disc Three:

Milestones by Miles Davis (originally issued December 1, 1958, as Columbia CL 1193) Selections: 1. Dr. Jekyll (recorded 3/4/58) « 2. Sid's Ahead (3/4/58) « 3. Two Bass Hit (2/4/58) « 4. Miles (2/4/58) « 5. Billy Boy (2/4/58) « 6. Straight, No Chaser (2/4/58).

 

Disc Four:

Jazz Track by Miles Davis (originally issued October 19, 1959, as Columbia CL 1268) Selections: 1. G_n_rique « 2. L'assassinat de Carala « 3. Sur l'autoroute « 4. Julien dans l'ascenseur « 5. Florence sur les Champs-Elys_es « 6. Dîner au motel « 7. Evasion de Julien « 8. Visite du vigile « 9. Au bar du Petit-Bac « 10. Chez le photographe du motel « 11. On Green Dolphin Street (recorded 5/26/58) « 12. Fran-Dance (5/26/58) « 13. Stella By Starlight (5/26/58). (Tracks 1-10, music from the Louis Malle film, Ascenseur pour l'_chafaud, recorded in Paris, 12/4 & 5/57.)

 

Disc Five:

Porgy And Bess by Miles Davis (originally issued March 9, 1959, as Columbia CL 1274) Selections: 1. The Buzzard Song (recorded 8/4/58) « 2. Bess You Is My Woman Now (7/29/58) « 3. Gone (7/22/58) « 4. Gone, Gone, Gone (7/22/58) « 5. Summertime (8/18/58) « 6. Bess, Oh Where's My Bess (8/4/58) « 7. Prayer (Oh, Doctor Jesus) (8/4/58) « 8. Fishermen, Strawberry and Devil Crab (7/29/58) « 9. My Man's Gone Now (7/22/58) « 10. It Ain't Necessarily So (7/29/58) « 11. Here Come de Honey Man (7/29/58) « 12. I Loves You, Porgy (8/18/58) « 13. There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon for New York (8/18/58).

 

Disc Six:

Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis (originally issued August 17, 1959, as Columbia CL 1355) Selections: 1. So What (recorded 3/2/59) « 2. Freddie Freeloader (3/2/59) « 3. Blue In Green (3/2/59) « 4. All Blues (3/2/59) « 5. Flamenco Sketches (4/22/59).

 

Disc Seven:

Sketches Of Spain by Miles Davis (originally issued July 18, 1960, as Columbia CL 1480) Selections: 1. Concierto de Aranjuez (recorded 11/20/59) « 2. Will o' the Wisp (3/11/60, from –El amor brujo") « 3. The Pan Piper (3/10/60) « 4. Saeta (3/11/60) « 5. Solea (3/11/60).

 

Disc Eight:

Someday My Prince Will Come by Miles Davis (originally issued December 11, 1961, as Columbia CL 1656) Selections: 1. Someday My Prince Will Come (recorded 3/20/61, from the Walt Disney film, Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs) « 2. Old Folks (3/20/61) « 3. PfrancŒing (3/7/61) « 4. Drad-Dog (3/7/61) « 5. Teo (3/21/61) « 6. I Thought About You (3/21/61).

 

Disc Nine:

Miles And Monk At Newport (originally issued May 11, 1964, as Columbia CL 2178) Selections: 1. Ah-Leu-Cha « 2. Straight, No Chaser « 3. Fran-Dance « 4. Two Bass Hit (tracks 1-4 by the Miles Davis Sextet, recorded 7/4/58) « 5. Nutty « 6. Blue Monk (tracks 5-6 by the Thelonious Monk Quartet, recorded 7/4/63).