Here we have yet another collection of music from Miles Davis out of the archives in his bop and hard bop days of the late '40s through the '50s. They seem to be tumbling out in the marketplace these days, and likely will be forever. Throw a bunch of his tunes in a shuffle and come up with yet another piece of product than only completists or newbies might buy. Don't misunderstand, the music is not at all bad, as there are several cuts of the great band he co-led with Charlie Parker, some with John Coltrane, and one with Coleman Hawkins. It's all straight-ahead, swinging, and great to listen to. It just seems like trying to do a knock-off of the little black dress -- classic in its own inimitable way, but still clearly a copy of the original is, at best, a rearrangement or repositioning of what once was.
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AllMusic Review by Michael G. Nastos
feat: Charlie Parker Quintet
feat: John Coltrane
feat: Coleman Hawkins