5th Blogiversary & Miles & Quintet & ‘Round Midnight

I was notified the other day that it was my fifth blogiversery, and being the active, committed blogger that I am, I only discovered this today. Erhem.

Well, the number 5, late to the game, midnight hour, what could be more appropriate than the Miles David Quintet Playing “‘Round Midnight” from the same titled album (1956).

Miles Davis (trumpet), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums). “‘Round Midnight” was written by Thelonious Monk in 1944.

On Green Dolphin Street & Miles Davis Sextet


“On Green Dolphin Street,” from 58′ sessions featuring Stella by Starlight. Miles Davis (trumpet), Bill Evans (piano), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Julian “Cannonball” Adderly (contralto sax), Paul Chambers (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums). (Coltrane and Cannonball’s photos should be reversed for their respective solos.)

Consecration Day 30 & Miles Davis Quintet & All Blues


“All Blues,” from My Funny Valentine, live performance at Lincoln Center (1964), New York City. Miles Davis (trumpet), George Coleman (sax), Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Tony Williams (drums).

Text for Consecration here. Video here:

Bitches Brew & Miles Davis

From the eponymous album (1970).

Miles Davis (trumpet), Wayne Shorter (soprano saxophone), Bennie Maupin (bass clarinet), Joe Zawinul (electric piano-left), Chick Corea (electric piano-right), John McLaughlin (guitar), Dave Holland (bass), Harvey Brooks (electric bass), Lenny White (drums-left), Jack DeJohnette (drums-right), Don Alias (congas), Jumma Santos (shaker).

From All Music‘s review by Thom Jurek:

Thought by many to be among the most revolutionary albums in jazz history, Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew solidified the genre known as jazz-rock fusion. The original double LP included only six cuts and featured up to 12 musicians at any given time, some of whom were already established while others would become high-profile players later, Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Airto, John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Don Alias, Bennie Maupin, Larry Young, and Lenny White among them. Originally thought to be a series of long jams locked into grooves around keyboard, bass, or guitar vamps, Bitches Brew is actually a recording that producer Teo Macero assembled from various jams and takes by razor blade, splice to splice, section to section. . . . Bitches Brew is so forward-thinking that it retains its freshness and mystery in the 21st century.

I reacquired this on CD recently. It holds up real well . . . if you like this kind of stuff! Album art by Mati Klarwein:
375px-BitchesBrewGatefold

Blue Xmas & Miles Davis & Bob Dorough

Probably not what you think it’s going to be. An alternate take on our cherished holiday season, “Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern)” from Jingle Bell Jazz (1962).

Bob Dorough (vocals, piano, lyrics), Miles Davis (trumpet), Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Frank Rehak (trombone), Paul Chambers (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums), Willie Bobo (bongos), Gil Evans (arrangement).