Miles Davis starts the recording of ‘Miles Ahead’ with Gil Evans (1957)

Miles Davis’ ‘Miles Ahead’ is his first collaboration with Gil Evans after the’ Birth of the Cool’ sessions, recorded on May 6, 10, 23, 27 and August 22, 1957 and released In November 1957 by Columbia.

Track Listing : 1.Springsville (John Carisi) – 03:27 . 2.The Maids Of Cadiz (Léo Delibes) – 03:53 . 3.The Duke (Dave Brubeck) – 03:35 . 4.My Ship (Kurt Weill) – 04:28 . 5.Miles Ahead (Miles Davis, Gil Evans) – 03:29 . 6.Blues For Pablo (Evans) – 05:18 . 7.New Rhumba (Ahmad Jamal) – 04:37 . 8.The Meaning Of The Blues (Bobby Troup, Leah Worth) – 02:48 . 9.Lament (J. J. Johnson) – 02:14 . 10.I Don’T Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) (Jack Elliot, Harold Spina) – 03:05

Musicians : Miles Davis – Flugelhorn . Bernie Glow – Lead Trumpet . Ernie Royal – Trumpet . Louis Mucci – Trumpet . Taft Jordan – Trumpet . John Carisi – Trumpet . Frank Rehak – Trombone . Jimmy Cleveland – Trombone . Joe Bennett – Trombone . Tom Mitchell – Bass Trombone . Willie Ruff – French Horn . Tony Miranda – French Horn . Bill Barber – Tuba . Lee Konitz – Alto Sax . Danny Bank – Bass Clarinet . Romeo Penque – Flute And Clarinet . Sid Cooper – Flute And Clarinet . Paul Chambers – Bass . Art Taylor – Drums . Gil Evans – Conductor

Production : Produced By George Avakian, Cal Lampley . Tom “Curly” Ruff – Engineer . Fred Plaut – Engineer . Harold Chapman – Engineer

Package : Allen Weinberg – Art Direction . Paul M. Martin – Art Direction . Randall Martin – Design . Andre Hodeir – Liner Notes . Howard Fritzson – Art Direction . George Avakian – Liner Notes . Don Hunstein – Photography

Recorded On May 6, 10, 23, 27 And August 22, 1957 At Columbia 30Th Street Studio, New York City.

Released In November 1957 By Columbia.

(Source Miles Davis‘ ‘Miles Ahead’ | Official Site)

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For an entire semester in college in the late 1970s, I listened to the LP every afternoon and heard something new each time. Ultimately what I heard were two artists working together and competing for dominance. […]

In fact, Miles Ahead — an underappreciated gem which I guess should really be labeled as part of the Forgotten Series — marks the beginning of a striking period of collaborative vitality for both Miles and Gil Evans: Next from these two came Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain, both also on Columbia […]

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Sketches of Miles Davis and Gil Evans With tubas and oboes, tympani and castanets, quartets of flute-clarinet-french horn-bass trombone in the background or trios of bassoon-bass trombone-string bass playing counter-melodies to the harmon-muted trumpet in the foreground, this music is suffused with range, shadings and contrasts rare in jazz or any other music. The digital technology happens to be adequate to capture what was there from the beginning. […]


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