Miles Davis

Live [Unique Jazz]

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Miles Davis altered the course of jazz history several times during his career, but one of his most important groups--not to mention the best-known and -loved--was his 1950s quintet with the great John Coltrane. Miles, Coltrane, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb had a sound that was simultaneously light, startling, tender, and mercurial. (With these qualities, a variation on this group crafted 1959's seminal KIND OF BLUE.)

This live date features Davis's great quintet performing in 1958, shortly before the recording of KIND OF BLUE. That album's sense of economy balanced with unbridled invention is on display here, especially in the contrast between Miles's minimal trumpet playing and Coltrane's athletic tenor sax explorations. The repertoire includes "So What," "On Green Dolphin Street," and "Round Midnight."

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