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Cookin' With the Miles Davis Quintet (20 Bit Mastering)
Genres: Jazz, Pop
The famed extended recording sessions of the Miles Davis Quintet, wherein they taped the band's basic repertoire (and what a marvelous mixture of jazz originals and standards) in the manner of nightclub sets rather than th... more »
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The famed extended recording sessions of the Miles Davis Quintet, wherein they taped the band's basic repertoire (and what a marvelous mixture of jazz originals and standards) in the manner of nightclub sets rather than the repetition of the usual studio takes. Cookin' was the first to be released and it excited listeners not only with its contents but with its promise of more to come. Davis, Coltrane, Garland, Chambers, and Philly Joe: one of the classic groups in the history of jazz. It established a level of excellence that was to foster a long, successive line of outstanding Davis quintets and sextets through the Fifties and Sixties. From the muted eloquence of "My Funny Valentine," through the fingerpoppin' "Blues by Five," to the urgent swing of "Airegin" and "Tune-Up," Cookin' has the ability to thrill the listener no matter how many times it is played-the mark of an all-time great performance.
Classic Small-Group Jazz
G B | Connecticut | 09/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When Miles Davis formed his classic 1st Quintet, he negotiated a record deal with Columbia records. Before he could release anything through Columbia, however, he had to fulfill recording obligations for the indie label Prestige. In two marathon sessions (May and October '56), the Quintet recorded enough material for four albums: Cookin', Relaxin', Workin' and Steamin'. Cookin' was the first to be released and despite its brief running time (33 minutes), features the strongest material and the best song selection. The two bop tunes, two blues and one ballad provide a balance that isn't really present on the other three albums. "My Funny Valentine" is a quintessential Davis ballad performance, with the mute trumpet and gently swinging rhythm section. "Airegin" and "Tune Up", on the other hand, feature the Quintet at its tightest and most intense - none of the other bop tunes from these sessions come close. Since live recordings of this group aren't easy to come by, Cookin' and the other 3 may be the best taste of what this great group sounded like in person."
A one two three four (five) punch!
B | houston, tx | 09/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the punchiest of the last recordings of this quintet, which were all named with verbs. This one is the most fun to listen to and also has the coolest picture on the front. There isn't too much to explain, except you probably won't be disappointed if you know anything about these musicians. There's a ballad, a blues, and two burners. Oh yeah WHY COULDN'T "WHEN LIGHTS ARE LOW" BE A SEPARATE TRACK? That doesn't make any sense because there's a clean break between tune up and the last song, and the two are entirely distinct, but they are one track.
Oh well i guess i could stop complaining and split the track myself because otherwise this is a fine and finely balanced performance by miles and trane and those other guys"