Miles Davis

All Stars Live in 1958-1959

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In 1988 and 1990 the British Jazz Band label came out with two LPs of material featuring trumpeter Miles Davis' band on radio broadcasts from 1958-59. This single CD from 1990 has all of the material from the LPs except for two selections that were actually cut in September 1957 when Davis was temporarily using Bobby Jaspar on tenor. The CD is quite valuable, as its three broadcasts also include tenor-saxophonist John Coltrane, altoist Cannonball Adderley (on two of the occasions), Red Garland or Bill Evans on piano, bassist Paul Chambers, and either Philly Joe Jones or Jimmy Cobb on drums. The eight selections are highlighted by versions of "Walkin'," "Straight No Chaser" and two of "Bye Bye Blackbird." Obviously every scrap of music by these groups is valuable and, although a couple selections are cut off by the radio announcer due to lack of time, the recording quality is excellent and there are some strong solos taken. The final selection, a version of "What Is this Thing Called Love" from an Art Ford Jazz Party TV show, allegedly includes Davis and Cannonball Adderley, but that listing is quite inaccurate. The lineup really has cornetist Nat Adderley, trombonist Bennie Green, baritonist Gerry Mulligan, pianist Red Garland, percussionist Candido and a very young Barry Miles on drums among others. Recommended.

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