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The Complete Columbia Recordings: Miles Davis & John Coltrane

Miles Davis & John Coltrane

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Album Review

As the fourth (fifth, if you count the Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel) entry in Columbia's celebrated series of Miles Davis box sets, The Complete Columbia Recordings: Miles Davis & John Coltrane was perhaps the most anticipated set, and it's easy to see why. The push and pull between Miles and Coltrane resulted in dynamic recordings that set the standard for modern jazz — and this was for their Prestige recordings, before they even moved to Columbia. Once Miles relocated to Columbia, he began to push the boundaries of his music. The progression from the sublime, after-hours 'Round About Midnight to the modal Milestones is remarkable — all the more so when Kind of Blue, the culmination of Davis' modal direction, is taken into the equation. Over the course of six discs, The Complete Columbia Recordings traces this progression, including the entirety of 'Round About Midnight, Milestones, and Kind of Blue, plus selections from Someday My Prince Will Come, live album cuts, and 18 unreleased tracks, all alternate takes. Even if you're familiar with this music — and any jazz fan will be — the chronological, session-order sequencing keeps it fresh, and it's possible to marvel at how quickly their talents deepened. For neophytes, this isn't really an ideal way to dive into these remarkable recordings, since there's not only too much, but it's arranged in a way that doesn't ease the listener into the music. It's designed to be a library piece for collectors, fans, and historians that have already absorbed the music fully. After all, the original album covers are not reproduced anywhere in the notes, and the discs themselves are cryptically identified with dots that parallel the numbers on a clock. For anyone who knows and loves this music though, this is an essential addition to a comprehensive jazz library.

Customer Reviews

Too good for words...but I'll make an attempt...

Miles Davis & John Coltrane, being two of the most respected jazz artists who will ever live, come together in 50+ wonderful recordings, that grace the speakers of restaurants and the speakers of home. The album is full of fantastic jazz including some of my favorites like "'Round Midnight," "Ah-Leu-Cha," and "Bye Bye Blackbird."

They don't make them like this anymore

This is a FANTASTIC collection.

I absolutely love it, it opened the doors for me to search out more Coltrane, more Miles (get Kind of Blue),and Ella. And "with a voice like Ella's ringing out there's no way the band can lose..."
This is not "Kenny G" jazz, try Kind of Blue first, if that does it for you, you need this album!
I bought this album oniTunes last year for 44.99 so this is a great buy, don't pass it up!

The Two

Miles and Trane...there is nothing else to say! Just buy it and groove endlessly.

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Biography

Born: May 26, 1926 in Alton, IL

Genre: Jazz

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

Throughout a professional career lasting 50 years, Miles Davis played the trumpet in a lyrical, introspective, and melodic style, often employing a stemless Harmon mute to make his sound more personal and intimate. But if his approach to his instrument was constant, his approach to jazz was dazzlingly protean. To examine his career is to examine the history of jazz from the mid-'40s to the early '90s, since he was in the thick of almost every important innovation and stylistic development in the...
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  • $39.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop, Hard Bop
  • Released: Mar 24, 2000

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