Miles Davis

The Essential Miles Davis [CBS/Tristar]

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Deciding which Miles Davis tracks are "essential" is a controversial and invariably subjective process, but this two-disc Columbia/Legacy compilation benefits from the input of reputable authorities such as Michael Cuscuna and Bob Belden. With over twice as many selections as the Ken Burns Jazz title devoted to Davis (all but four tracks overlap), this one provides a more thorough survey of the protean trumpeter's career. It's nearly two and a half hours of music, and worth the additional bucks. That said, no compilation will ever deliver the aesthetic satisfaction of listening to one of Davis' album masterworks in its entirety. (The original album release of Filles de Kilimanjaro, from which "Petits Machins is taken, wrongly lists Chick Corea as the pianist; it's actually Herbie Hancock. The mistake is corrected on this compilation.)

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