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 the first in a pair of compilation albums of recordings made by Miles Davis over 1952–1954, released by the Blue Note Record label.

The twelve inch LP (BLP 1501) was originally released in 1956 (followed by Volume 2 (BLP 1502)) after Davis won the Down Beat readers poll as best trumpeter.[3][4] The two volumes of rereleased Miles Davis material were the first releases in Blue Note's new 1500 series of 12"LPs.[5] The music compiled on the two volumes was from three separate recording sessions made over 1952–1954, some of which had been previously issued as singles, and as three now discontinued 10 inch LPs. Volume 1 contained takes of the May 9, 1952 and April 20, 1953 sessions for the label, including alternate takes of some songs. The master takes had originally been issued in 10"LP format under the titles Young Man with a Horn (BLP 5013), and Miles Davis Volume 2 (BLP 5022).

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 now 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.[6]

12"LP Track listing[edit]

Track Song Title Composer Time Session
Side 1
1. Tempus Fugit Bud Powell 3:53 April 20, 1953
2. Kelo Jay Jay Johnson 3:20 April 20, 1953
3. Enigma Jay Jay Johnson 3:25 April 20, 1953
4. Ray's Idea Gil Fuller, Ray Brown 3:46 April 20, 1953
5. How Deep Is the Ocean? Irving Berlin 4:40 May 9, 1952
6. C.T.A. (alt. take) Jimmy Heath 3:18 April 20, 1953
Side 2
1. Dear Old Stockholm (traditional) 4:13 May 9, 1952
2. Chance It Oscar Pettiford 3:04 May 9, 1952
3. Yesterdays Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach 3:46 May 9, 1952
4. Donna (alt. take) Jackie McLean 3:12 May 9, 1952
5. C.T.A. Jimmy Heath 3:36 April 20, 1953
6. Woody 'n' You (alt. take) Dizzy Gillespie 3:23 May 9, 1952

CD Track listing[edit]

Track Song Title Composer Time Session
1. Dear Old Stockholm (traditional) 4:13 May 9, 1952
2. Chance It Oscar Pettiford 3:04 May 9, 1952
3. Donna (a.k.a. Dig) Jackie McLean 3:14 May 9, 1952
4. Woody 'n' You Dizzy Gillespie 3:26 May 9, 1952
5. Yesterdays Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach 3:46 May 9, 1952
6. How Deep Is the Ocean? Irving Berlin 4:40 May 9, 1952
7. Chance It (alternate take) Oscar Pettiford 2:54 May 9, 1952
8. Donna (alternate take) Jackie McLean 3:12 May 9, 1952
9. Woody 'n' You (alternate take) Dizzy Gillespie 3:23 May 9, 1952
10. Take Off Miles Davis 3:41 March 6, 1954
11. Lazy Susan Miles Davis 4:03 March 6, 1954
12. The Leap Miles Davis 4:32 March 6, 1954
13. Well, You Needn't Thelonious Monk 5:24 March 6, 1954
14. Weirdo Miles Davis 4:45 March 6, 1954
15. It Never Entered My Mind Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart 4:01 March 6, 1954

Musicians[edit]

May 9, 1952 [7]
April 20, 1953 [8]
March 6, 1954 [9]
  • Miles Davis - trumpet
  • Horace Silver - piano
  • Percy Heath - bass
  • Art Blakey - drums

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. ^ Miles Davis – Volume 1, Discogs.com, accessed July 4, 2014
  6. ^ Scott Yanow: "Hard Bop" accessed September 21, 2012
  7. ^ May 9, 1952 Session Details, Miles Ahead: A Miles Davis Website, accessed July 13, 2014
  8. ^ April 20, 1953 Session Details, Miles Ahead: A Miles Davis Website, accessed July 13, 2014
  9. ^ March 6, 1954 Session Details, Miles Ahead: A Miles Davis Website, accessed July 13, 2014