Monday, July 30, 2007
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Miles Davis
Album:Complete Miles Davis In Person Friday and Saturday Nights At The Blackhawk
This early 60s version of the Miles Davis band isn't as well known as his other bands and these famous 1961 concerts have been released in various forms over the years. This will solve that puzzle. Basically John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley & Bill Evans left the group in 1960. After bringing in sax player Sonny Stitt for a short time, Miles brought in sax player Hank Mobley and pianist Wynton Kelly. Paul Chambers is on bass and Jimmy Cobb is on drums. This 4CD set chronicles Miles' complete date at San Francisco's Blackhawk Club Apr. 21-22, 1961. For years Columbia issued the two nights on seperate CDs and in edited form. But as part of Columbia's ongoing program of releasing Davis' recordings in comprehensive box sets, they gave this concert the appropriate treatment. This band was around until 1963 and then Miles formed his better known band with Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter. These recordings are essential for jazz fans. It's OK to compare his various bands but this is great music and stands on its own merits. So this box set is highly recommended to Davis fans. There doesn't appear to be any video footage of this band so you'll have to settle for this 1959 performance of So What.