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|Miles Davis Quintet|
Cookin: Rudy Van Gelder Remasters Series
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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Samuel Chell | Kenosha,, WI United States | 02/28/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's difficult to rate this one by itself, since it's merely one chapter in a 4-part novel. Even though I would put the Columbia recordings of the same quintet ahead of the hastily assembled and recorded four Prestige dates, this is still timeless and essential music. The RVG remaster captures Miles' vocal asides more clearly than ever, the bass is boosted but not overly much, the horns sparkle with clarity and presence--definitely one of the more impressive RVG remasters I've heard, one of the few, even, that might justify purchase of the new edition. At the same time, the depth and spaciousness, the natural piano sound, the attention to ambiance and room acoustics are simply not to be heard on Van Gelder's flat aural canvas. The sound is intimate and up-close (insuring that this version of "My Valentine," even more than Chet Baker's, made the tune as popular among instrumentalists as vocalists), but the session still falls short of the sheer magic and magnitude, the poignancy and inexhaustible depth and poetry of the Columbia dates, beginning with "'Round Midnight."
Why is "Cookin'" better known than the other three? Beats me. Coltrane's playing is at times even a bit restrained compared to the other sessions. If you're going to go with just one and don't feel obligated to own the original Miles' "Funny Valentine," "Steamin'" is probably the one that has the edge on all counts--programming, solos, ensemble cohesion."
"I'll play it, then tell you what it is later."
J. Rich | 12/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The title of this short and sweet review refers to Miles talking to Bob Weinstock, owner/producer of Prestige Records, who was asking Miles what was the name of a tune he was about to play. "Cookin' With The Miles Davis Quintet" is exactly what this recording does from start to finish. Miles was joined by his then, classic quintet: John Coltrane on tenor saxophone, Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. When you hear "Cookin" you're going to want everything Miles did on Prestige, because it's that good. Highly recommended."