Miles Davis

Green Dolphin Street

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Miles Davis and John Coltrane were a highly appealing combination, but an unlikely one. Davis played his trumpet in a subtle, economical fashion, whereas the big-toned Coltrane was often forceful and aggressive on his tenor sax. In terms of how they approached their instruments, the two couldn't have been more different. But those differences made for some interesting, exciting contrasts, and when Coltrane left Davis' employ for good in 1960, it marked the end of an era. Recorded live in Holland on April 6, 1960, Green Dolphin Street contains Coltrane's last documented performance with Davis, after that, Coltrane devoted all of his time to his own combo. Coltrane was believed to have grown bored with Davis' repertoire, but he certainly doesn't sound board on this excellent CD. In fact, Davis and Coltrane both sound inspired on performances of "'Round Midnight," "On Green Dolphin Street," "Walkin'," and "So What" (which lasts 17 minutes). And the rhythm section (Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums) is first-rate. No major surprises occur, but the players are in fine form on a CD that is highly rewarding, if less than essential.