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The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions

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Incredibly, five of Miles Davis' most exciting albums—Miles, Cookin', Relaxin', Workin', and Steamin'—were recorded over just three days in 1955 and '56, capturing Miles' first great quintet in full bloom. The simmering stroll "Just Squeeze Me," propelled by Paul Chambers' booming ballast, shows the band's light-swinging mastery. John Coltrane's questing sax lines on the breakneck bebop "Half Nelson" reveal the power under the hood. A muted, melancholy solo on a moody "'Round Midnight" shows off the elegant grace of Davis' beautifully restrained tone.

Biography

Born: May 26, 1926 in Alton, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Although Miles Davis' 1955-1957 quintet had a relatively short life, it went down in history as one of the finest and most interesting bebop combos of the 1950s. It was a group in which different musical personalities did more than coexist -- they complimented and inspired each other. The quintet's front line had two unlikely allies in Davis and the distinctive John Coltrane, whose aggressive, passionate tenor saxophone was quite a contrast to Davis' subtle, understated, cool-toned trumpet. Davis,...
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