Monday, August 20, 2007
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Miles Davis
Song:Well You Needn't
Album: Miles Davis Vol. 1
This is a look at lesser known Miles Davis recordings from the early 50s that helped to shape what followed. Miles Davis first attracted attention with his 1949 Birth Of The Cool recordings for Capitol. He started recording for Prestige in the early 50s but he also recorded for Blue Note. These were barely released at the time but are now widely available on CD. Miles was addicted to heroin at the time and though he did kick the habit by the mid 50s, it did curtail his activities. Miles Davis Vol. 1 consists of two sessions from 1952 and 1954. Well You Needn't is from the 1954 session. Musicians are Horace Silver on piano, Percy Heath on bass and Art Blakey on drums. So yeah, it's kind of like a Jazz Messengers recording but with Miles on trumpet. The CD release includes three alternate takes from the 1952 session. Though these recordings are lesser known, jazz fans will enjoy them. Obviously there is no Miles Davis video footage from this period but I'm sure you'll enjoy this video of So What from 1959.