Someday My Prince Will Come (Miles Davis album)

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Someday My Prince Will Come

The woman on the cover of the album was Davis' wife, Frances.
Studio album by Miles Davis
Released December 11, 1961
Recorded March 7, 20, 21, 1961 at Columbia 30th Street Studio, NYC
Genre Jazz
Length 41:45
Label Columbia
CS-8456
Producer Teo Macero
Miles Davis chronology
Sketches of Spain
(1960)
Someday My Prince Will Come
(1961)
Seven Steps to Heaven
(1963)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
All About Jazz (favorable)[1]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Penguin Guide to Jazz 3/4 stars[3]
Warr.org 4.5/5 stars[4]

Someday My Prince Will Come is the seventh studio album by Miles Davis for Columbia Records, catalogue CL 1656 and CS 8456 in stereo, released in 1961. Recorded at Columbia's 30th Street Studio in Manhattan, it marked the only Miles Davis Quintet studio recording session to feature saxophonist Hank Mobley.

Background[edit]

Keeping to his standard procedure at Columbia to date of alternating small group records and big band studio projects with Gil Evans, Davis followed up Sketches of Spain with an album by his working quintet. In 1960, however, the jazz world had been in flux. Although Davis had garnered acclaim for Kind of Blue, the entrance of Ornette Coleman and free jazz via his fall 1959 residency at the Five Spot Café and his albums for Atlantic Records had created controversy, and turned attention away from Davis.

Similarly, Davis' touring band had been in flux. In 1959, Cannonball Adderley left to form his own group with his brother, reducing the sextet to a quintet.[5] Drummer Jimmy Cobb and pianist Wynton Kelly had been hired in 1958, but most difficult for Davis was the departure of John Coltrane, who stayed on for a spring tour of Europe but left to form his own quartet in the summer of 1960.[6] In 1960, Davis went through saxophonists Jimmy Heath and Sonny Stitt before settling on Hank Mobley in December, the band re-stabilizing for the next two years.[7]

Content[edit]

Unlike Kind of Blue, which featured nothing but group originals, this album paired equal numbers of Miles Davis tunes with pop standards, including the title song resurrected from the 1937 Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The titles to all three Davis originals refer to specific individuals: "Pfrancing" to his wife Frances, featured on the album cover; "Teo" to his producer Teo Macero; and "Drad Dog" to Columbia Records president Goddard Lieberson.[8] While the cover credits the Miles Davis Sextet, only the title track featured six players, Coltrane making two cameo appearances on the album, taking solos on the title track and "Teo," the latter with Mobley laying out.[9] On March 21, ex-Davis drummer Philly Joe Jones made his final contribution to a Davis session, replacing Cobb for the original "Blues No. 2" which was not used on the album.

On June 8, 1999, Legacy Records reissued the album for compact disc with two bonus tracks including the unused "Blues No. 2" and an alternate take of "Someday My Prince Will Come".

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Someday My Prince Will Come"   Frank Churchill, Larry Morey 9:02
2. "Old Folks"   Willard Robison, Dedette Lee Hill 5:14
3. "Pfrancing" (also known as "No Blues") Miles Davis 8:30

Side two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Drad-Dog"   Miles Davis 4:49
2. "Teo"   Miles Davis 9:33
3. "I Thought About You"   Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Mercer 4:52

1999 reissue bonus tracks[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Blues No. 2"   Miles Davis 7:05
8. "Someday My Prince Will Come" (alternate take) Frank Churchill, Larry Morey 5:34

Personnel[edit]

Production personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chell, Samuel (2011). "Miles Davis: Someday My Prince Will Come". allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom (2011). "Someday My Prince Will Come [Bonus Tracks] - Miles Davis Sextet | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Someday My Prince Will Come ratings at AcclaimedMusic.net
  4. ^ "Miles Davis". warr.org. 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Richard Cook. It's About That Time: Miles Davis On and Off Record. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. ISBN 978-0-19-532266-8, p. 123.
  6. ^ Lewis Porter. John Coltrane: His Life and Music. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1999. ISBN 0-472-10161-7, p. 144.
  7. ^ Cook, pp. 128–130.
  8. ^ Cook, pp. 131–132.
  9. ^ Someday My Prince Will Come. Columbia/Legacy CK 65919, 1999, liner notes p. 4.