Miles Davis

Evolution of a Genius

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Evolution of a Genius Review

by Thom Jurek

This is a nice sounding comp from the very reliable Giants of Jazz imprint, covering Miles' earliest years in the groups of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie's Orchestra, Bud Powell, and leading his own early ensembles between 1945 and 1953. Clocking in at just over 70 minutes, this disc may be a little light on notes, but the material is all top-notch and the sound is shockingly good. The program includes some real bop standards such as "Donna Lee," "Milestones," "Boplicity," and "Tempus -Fugit," just to name a few. There are also some surprises including the original version of George Russell's "Ezz-Thetic," and Gerry Mulligan's "Jeru." As a starter comp, this one is quite nice -- especially for the light price tag.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Miles Davis feat: Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker / Max Roach / Curly Russell 03:15 Amazon
2 Miles Davis feat: Charlie Parker / Tommy Potter / Bud Powell / Max Roach 02:32 Amazon
3 Miles Davis feat: Nelson Boyd / John Lewis / Charlie Parker / Max Roach 02:34 Amazon
4 Miles Davis feat: Junior Collins / Al Haig / Lee Konitz / Gerry Mulligan / Miles Davis & His Orchestra / Max Roach / Joe Shulman / Kai Winding 03:10 Amazon
5 Miles Davis feat: Billy Barber / Nelson Boyd / J.J. Johnson / Lee Konitz / John Lewis / Gerry Mulligan / Sandy Siegelstein 03:01 Amazon
6 Miles Davis feat: Billy Barber / J.J. Johnson / Lee Konitz / John Lewis / Al McKibbon / Gerry Mulligan / Miles Davis & His Orchestra / Max Roach / Gunther Schuller 03:03 Amazon
7 Miles Davis feat: Billy Bauer / Arnold Fishkind / Lee Konitz / Sal Mosca / Max Roach 02:53 Amazon
8 Miles Davis feat: Kenny Clarke / Gil Coggins / Oscar Pettiford 03:44 Amazon
9 Miles Davis feat: Percy Heath / Philly Joe Jones / Charlie Parker / Sonny Rollins / Walter Bishop, Sr. 05:47 Amazon
10 Miles Davis feat: Art Blakey / Gil Coggins / Jimmy Heath / Percy Heath / J.J. Johnson 03:53 Amazon
11 Miles Davis feat: Percy Heath / John Lewis / Max Roach 03:50 Amazon
12 Miles Davis feat: Art Blakey / Percy Heath / Horace Silver 04:02 Amazon
13 Miles Davis feat: Art Blakey / Percy Heath / Horace Silver 03:22 Amazon
14 Miles Davis feat: Kenny Clarke / Percy Heath / Dave Schildkraut / Horace Silver 07:50 Amazon
15 Miles Davis feat: Kenny Clarke / Percy Heath / J.J. Johnson / Horace Silver / Lucky Thompson 13:29 Amazon
16 Miles Davis feat: Kenny Clarke / Percy Heath / Sonny Rollins / Horace Silver 04:39 Amazon
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