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Format: CD
Sku: 60480402
UPC: 696998547520
UPC 14: 00696998547520
Release Date: 5/15/2001
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Now's The Time ~ Miles Davis
2. Jeru ~ Miles Davis
3. Compulsion ~ Miles Davis
4. Tempus Fugit ~ Miles Davis
5. Walkin' ~ Miles Davis
6. 'Round Midnight ~ Miles Davis
6. 'Round Midnight ~ Miles Davis
7. Bye Bye Blackbird ~ Miles Davis
8. New Rhumba ~ Miles Davis
9. Generique ~ Miles Davis
10. Summertime ~ Miles Davis
10. Summertime ~ Miles Davis
10. Summertime ~ Miles Davis
11. So What ~ Miles Davis
12. Pan Piper, The ~ Miles Davis
13. Someday My Prince Will Come ~ Miles Davis
Disc 2
Song Title
1. My Funny Valentine ~ Miles Davis
2. E.S.P. ~ Miles Davis
3. Nefertiti ~ Miles Davis
4. Petits Machins (Little Stuff) ~ Miles Davis
5. Miles Runs The Voodoo Down ~ Miles Davis
6. Little Church ~ Miles Davis
7. Black Satin ~ Miles Davis
8. Jean Pierre ~ Miles Davis
8. Jean Pierre ~ Miles Davis
9. Time After Time ~ Miles Davis
9. Time After Time ~ Miles Davis
10. Portia ~ Miles Davis

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Originally released as a 2 LP set.
Muze PNote Personnel: Miles Davis (trumpet); Lee Konitz, Cannonball Adderley, Jackie McLean (alto saxophone); Jimmy Heath (tenor saxophone); Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone); J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding (trombone); Junior Collins (French horn); John Barber (tuba); Horace Silver, Al Haig, Hank Jones, Gil Coggins (piano); Joe Shulman, Oscar Pettiford, Percy Heath, Sam Jones (bass); Art Blakey, Max Roach, Kenny Clarke (drums).
Muze PNote Producer: Pete Rugolo, Alfred Lion.
Muze PNote Compilation producer: Michael Cuscuna.
Muze PNote Engineers include: Doug Hawkins, Rudy Van Gelder.
Muze PNote Recorded in New York, New York on January 21, 1949; WOR Studios, New York, New York on May 9, 1952 and April 20, 1953; the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on March 6, 1954 and March 9, 1958.
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Miles Davis (trumpet); Bill Evans (soprano saxophone); Charlie Parker (alto & tenor saxophones); Lee Konitz, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley (alto saxophone); John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Jimmy Heath, Hank Mobley, Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone); Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone); Ernie Royal (trumpet); Kai Winding, J.J. Johnson, Jimmy Clevelnd (trombone); Jerome Richardson (flute, clarinet); Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Red Garland (piano); Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, Dave Holland (keyboards); Keith Jarrett (organ); John Scofield (guitar); Paul Chambers, Ron Taylor (bass); Max Roach, Philly Joe Jones, Kenny Clarke, Art Taylor, Jack DeJohnette (drums); Airto Moreira, Paulinho Da Costa (percussion).
Muze PNote Producers include: Teo Macero, Pete Rugolo, Bob Weinstock, Alfred Lion, George Avakian.
Muze PNote Compilation producers: Michael Cuscuna, Bob Belden, Steve Berkowitz, Seth Rothstein.
Muze PNote Engineers include: Doug Hawkins, Rudy Van Gelder, Fred Plaut.
Muze PNote Recorded between 1945 & 1986. Includes liner notes by Bob Blumenthal.
Muze PNote Personnel: Miles Davis (trumpet, organ); Hermeto Pascoal (whistling); Reggie Lucas, John McLaughlin, Mike Stern , John Scofield (guitar); Khalil Balakrishna (electric sitar); Jerome Richardson (flute, alto flute, clarinet); Romeo Penque, Harold Feldman (flute); Danny Bank (alto flute, bass clarinet); Sid Cooper (clarinet); Bennie Maupin (bass clarinet); Jack Knitzer (bassoon); Lee Konitz, Charlie Parker (alto saxophone); Hank Mobley, Lucky Thompson, Sonny Rollins, Barney Wilen, Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone); Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone); Louis Mucci, Ernie Royal, Johnny Carisi, Johnny Coles, Taft Jordan, Bernie Glow (trumpet); Junior Collins (flugelhorn); Tony Miranda, Gunther Schuller , Willie Ruff, James Buffington (French horn); Dick Hixon, Frank Rehak, Jimmy Cleveland, Joe Bennett (trombone); Billy Barber (tuba); Dizzy Gillespie, Gil Coggins, Herbie Hancock, Walter Bishop, Sr., Al Haig, Red Garland, Ren? Urtreger, Wynton Kelly (piano); Chick Corea (electric piano); Keith Jarrett (organ); Cedric Lawson, Robert Irving III (keyboards); Darryl Jones, Marcus Miller (electric bass); Don Alias, Jack DeJohnette, Jimmy Cobb , Kenny Clarke, Al Foster, Max Roach, Philly Joe Jones, Art Blakey, Billy Hart (drums); Elvin Jones, Mino Cinelu, Paulinho Da Costa, Steve Thornton, Jumma Santos, Jose Mangual (percussion).
Muze PNote Recording information: 1945-1986.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Gerry Mulligan; Gil Evans.
Muze PNote Davis spent the most groundbreaking years of his career on Columbia; volume eight of that label's "This Is Jazz" series offers a survey, however inherently limited, of his work from 1955 to 1965, a period that covers his two classic quintets, the recording of KIND OF BLUE and his first work with Gil Evans. What THE BEST OF MILES DAVIS includes is material from BIRTH OF THE COOL, represented by three cuts from that LP, and from sessions done between 1952 and 1954 that featured musicians like J.J. Johnson, Jackie McLean, Jimmy Heath, Percy Heath and Art Blakey. It's an interesting period, in that neither Blue Note nor Davis had quite developed into the icons they were about to become. Ironically, with the final two cuts on this collection (from 1959's SOMETHING ELSE), both the label and Miles can be heard doing precisely what they became best known for: the album, released under Cannonball Adderly's name, imparts the smoky, noir atmosphere that characterized Blue Note's reputation as the home of hard bop, while Davis, radically reinterpreting standards like "Autumn Leaves," sounds at once pointillistic, introspective and decidedly badass.

Producer: Seth Rothstein; Michael Cuscuna; Pete Rugolo; Steve Berkowitz; Teddy Reig; Teo Macero; Bob Belden; Bob Weinstock

Engineer: Doug Hawkins; Rudy VanGelder

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Lee Konitz
Muze Guest Artist Charlie Parker
Muze Guest Artist Dizzy Gillespie
Muze Guest Artist John Coltrane
Muze Guest Artist Max Roach
Muze Guest Artist Gil Evans
Muze Guest Artist J.J. Johnson
Muze Guest Artist Sonny Rollins
Muze Guest Artist Jackie McLean
Muze Guest Artist Wayne Shorter
Muze Guest Artist Cannonball Adderley
Muze Guest Artist Kenny Clarke
Muze Guest Artist Bill Evans
Muze Guest Artist Herbie Hancock
Muze Guest Artist Jimmy Heath
Muze Guest Artist Ron Carter
Muze Guest Artist Gerry Mulligan
Muze Guest Artist Art Blakey

Artist Overview

Few musicians have managed to change the course of music--trumpeter Miles Davis did it several times. An early disciple of Charlie Parker, Davis created an austere, understated approach that became the model for cool. His superb albums in the 1950s made him a star, and in the following decade, he brought small-group jazz to the limit before he unapologetically (and, for some, unforgivably) took on jazz-rock. After a break, he re-emerged in the '80s with a mixture of pop and dense, bristling funk. All the while, his refusal to follow anyone but his own muse made him both a hero and an enigma--either way, he was one of the most magnetic, influential figures in American music.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Kind Of Blue
Muze Music Compilations Play Duke Ellington-Caravans
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Ken Burns Jazz
Muze Music Compilations Classic Jazz
Muze Music Compilations Essential George Gershwin (Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Collection
Muze Music Compilations Collateral
Muze Music Compilations Prestige Profiles
Muze Music Compilations Prestige Profiles
Muze Music Compilations Prestige Profiles
Muze Music Compilations Essential (Rmst)
Muze Music Compilations Re-bop: The Savoy Remixes
Muze Music Compilations Cookin
Muze Music Compilations Jazz After Dark
Muze Music Compilations Roy Haynes:jazz
Muze Music Compilations Roy Haynes:jazz
Muze Music Compilations All The Best
Muze Music Compilations Jimi Hendrix Jukebox
Muze Music Compilations Piano Player
Muze Music Compilations Nick Drake's Jukebox
Muze Music Compilations Jazz:smithsonian Anthology
Muze Music Compilations Icon:best Of Blue Note
Muze Music Compilations Smooth Jazz
Muze Music Compilations Duane Allman's Jukebox
Muze Music Compilations Box Set Series:jazz

Associated Artists and Works

Allen, Carl
Armstrong, Louis
Baker, Chet
Baker, Chet (Trumpet/Vocals/Com
Barry, Dave (Drums)
Brubeck, Dave
Coltrane, John
The Best of Miles Davis & John Coltrane: 1955-1961 ~ Coltrane, John
All of You: The Last Tour 1960 [Box] ~ Coltrane, John
Davis, Miles Septet
Evans, Gil
Porgy and Bess [Remaster] ~ Evans, Gil
At Carnegie Hall (Legacy) [Remaster] ~ Evans, Gil
The Miles Davis and Gil Evans: Complete Columbia S ~ Evans, Gil
Miles Davis at Carnegie Hall: Complete ~ Evans, Gil
Golson, Benny
Henderson, Joe
Henderson, Joe (Saxophone)
Hubbard, Freddie
Jacquet, Illinois
Jarrett, Keith
Kaiser, Henry
Konitz, Lee
Legrand, Michel
Miles Davis & Michel Legrand
Miller, Marcus
Mobley, Hank
Mulligan, Gerry
Olson, Byron
Original Soundtrack
Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud: Lift To The Scaffold ~ Original Soundtrack
The Hot Spot [Original Soundtrack] ~ Original Soundtrack
Parker, Charlie
Parker, Charlie (Sax)
Ramirez, Humberto
Rowland, Dennis
Silver, Horace
The Modern Jazz Giants
Traveling Miles ~ Wilson, Cassandra

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/15/2001
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2001
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 85475
Music Label Name Label : Columbia/Legacy
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00696998547520

Professional Reviews

Q (9/01, p.130)
- 5 stars out of 5 - "...Mind-blowing..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Davis,Miles
Product attributeLabel:   Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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