Miles Davis

'Round About Midnight/Milestones

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There is little new to report on this Miles Davis entry in the Sony BMG X2 series. These two albums by Miles' tremendous early Columbia Records sextet with Red Garland, John Coltrane, Paul Chambers, Cannonball Adderley, and Philly Joe Jones are bona fide classics, with killer lineups, fantastic material, and amazing performances. These titles are overstock that the imprint needs to get off its shelves, so they are packaged together. Still, if you don't have them, and are looking for the real roots of the band that gave listeners Kind of Blue, you can hardly go wrong since these are utterly breathtaking entries in Miles' catalog. This is particularly true of Milestones, which includes three bonus tracks in the form of alternate takes. The sound is fantastic, the presentation is elegant, and the price is most assuredly right.

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