Miles Davis Volume 1

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Miles Davis Volume 1
Compilation album by Miles Davis
Released 1956, 2001
Recorded May 9, 1952 (#1-9)
WOR Studios, New York City
March 6, 1954 (#10-15)
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Genre Jazz
Length 58:18 CD reissue
Label Blue Note
BLP 1501
Producer Alfred Lion
Michael Cuscuna (2001)
Miles Davis chronology
Dig
(1956)
Miles Davis Volume 1
(1956)
Miles Davis Volume 2
(1956)
12" LP cover
BLP 1501[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Miles Davis Volume 1 is a compilation album with recordings by Miles Davis of 1952–1954 for the Blue Note Record label that were previously issued as singles and 10 inch LPs. Originally released in 1956 (followed by Volume 2) after Davis won the Down Beat readers poll as best trumpeter.[3][4] It contained takes of the 1952 (May 9) and 1953 (April 20) sessions for the lable.

For the CD release remastered by Rudy Van Gelder producer Michael Cuscuna had to compromise, so that the "RVG edition" Miles Davis Volume 1 of 2001 compiled the entire tracks recorded on May 9, 1952, and March 6, 1954, whereas the complete 1953 session is assorted on Miles Davis Volume 2. By appending the alternate takes to the otherwise chronologically ordered master takes of the initial 10 inch release Young Man with a Horn, he did not maintain the original order of the historic record.

The album was identified by Scott Yanow in his Allmusic essay "Hard Bop" in 2010 as one of the 17 Essential Hard Bop Recordings.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Track Song Title Time
1. Dear Old Stockholm 4:13
2. Chance It 3:04
3. Donna (a.k.a. Dig) 3:14
4. Woody 'n' You 3:26
5. Yesterdays 3:46
6. How Deep Is the Ocean? 4:40
7. Chance It (alternate take) 2:54
8. Donna (alternate take) 3:12
9. Woody 'n' You (alternate take) 3:23
10. Take Off 3:41
11. Lazy Susan 4:03
12. The Leap 4:32
13. Well, You Needn't 5:24
14. Weirdo 4:45
15. It Never Entered My Mind 4:01

Musicians[edit]

Tracks 1-9[edit]

Tracks 10-15[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ This is the original cover for the 1956 12" LP and earlier CD releases. The 2001 RVG edition of the album (above) is a slightly altered version of the cover for Miles Davis Volume 3, Blue Note 5040 (10" LP).
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Leonard Feather in the original liner notes to Miles Davis Volume 1 (1956)
  4. ^ Down Beat Readers Poll 1955 on Down Beat homepage. Retrieved on April 6, 2014
  5. ^ Scott Yanow: "Hard Bop" accessed September 21, 2012