8 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Miles Davis had recently recorded the all-time classics Kind of Blue and Sketches of Spain, but this album, released at the end of 1961, marked a time of change. His rhythm section is still onboard, but the departures of John Coltrane (who guests on two tracks here) and Cannonball Adderley left a hole that softer-toned tenor man Hank Mobley could only partially fill. Even so, this album is very, very good, with the quintet working in the same mode as on Davis’ mid-‘50s Prestige releases that leaned more on standards and conventional arrangements. Regardless of who wrote it or recorded it, any ballad that Miles Davis played in this era sets a new standard: “Someday My Prince Will Come” (with Coltrane) is a stone-cold classic, and “I Thought About You” isn’t far behind. Of the three originals, the waltzing “Teo” features the trumpeter giving a textbook lesson on his less-is-more aesthetic, and Coltrane pours soulful passion into his solo. Also included in this reissue are previously unreleased versions of the title cut and “Blues No. 2.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Miles Davis had recently recorded the all-time classics Kind of Blue and Sketches of Spain, but this album, released at the end of 1961, marked a time of change. His rhythm section is still onboard, but the departures of John Coltrane (who guests on two tracks here) and Cannonball Adderley left a hole that softer-toned tenor man Hank Mobley could only partially fill. Even so, this album is very, very good, with the quintet working in the same mode as on Davis’ mid-‘50s Prestige releases that leaned more on standards and conventional arrangements. Regardless of who wrote it or recorded it, any ballad that Miles Davis played in this era sets a new standard: “Someday My Prince Will Come” (with Coltrane) is a stone-cold classic, and “I Thought About You” isn’t far behind. Of the three originals, the waltzing “Teo” features the trumpeter giving a textbook lesson on his less-is-more aesthetic, and Coltrane pours soulful passion into his solo. Also included in this reissue are previously unreleased versions of the title cut and “Blues No. 2.”

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