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This fast-moving compilation gives you the crash course in Miles. The coiled energy of "Now's the Time," with quick and intense solos by Davis and Charlie Parker, hints at all the innovations to come. Gil Evans' ghostly strings on "The Pan Piper," the '60s quintet in fearless full flight on the hyperkinetic "E.S.P.," and the funky jazz-rock free-for-all on the clattering "Black Satin" fit perfectly together thanks to Davis' relentlessly questing spirit and detached, economical tone.

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Great collection!

If you are relatively new to Miles Davis then this is an outstanding collection representing everything from his early bop years through cool jazz and fusion and finally his cover of a Cindi Lauper song in the 80s. I am not hugely knowledgable about Miles Davis and only have a handful of his CDs, but I think this collection does a good job of capturing the essential output of a musician who released more music than I can count. You've gotta listen to his version of Gershwin's "Summertime" as well as the classics "Round Midnight" and "So What".

Great music!

The musicianship featured on this CD is world-class. This is my first Miles Davis CD, but it will definitely not be my last.


What a great album for your collection. It has everything. Miles Davis along with a plethora of other fabulous musicians. This was my first Miles Davis experience that pushed me into his world, so to speak. This album got me "there".


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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