|Studio album by Miles Davis|
|Recorded||April 3, 1954 (#3-5)
April 29, 1954 (#1-2)
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack
|Genre||Jazz, hard bop|
|Miles Davis chronology|
Walkin' (PRLP 7076) is a Miles Davis album released in 1957 by Prestige Records. The album compiles material previously released on two 10 inch LPs in 1954, along with one previously unreleased tune. Here credited to the "Miles Davis All-Stars", the songs were recorded on 3 April and 29 April 1954 by two slightly different groups led by Davis. Both sessions were recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's home studio.
The earlier session was a quintet with David Schildkraut on alto saxophone, and produced the three tracks on side one. Schildkraut is the only musician not credited on the cover, and is otherwise almost unknown. Two of these tracks were originally released on the 10" LP Miles Davis Quintet, Prestige PRLP 185. The earlier release also included "I'll Remember April", recorded at the same time, now found on the Prestige album Blue Haze (PRLP 7054). Another tune from this session, "Love Me or Leave Me," was previously unreleased and substituted here for "I'll Remember April."
The second session, which makes up all of side one, was a sextet with J. J. Johnson on trombone and Lucky Thompson on tenor saxophone. The rhythm section was the same as the earlier session. These two tracks were originally issued on the 10"LP Miles Davis All-Star Sextet PRLP 182. The album's title track, a staple of Davis's live set for many years, was key to the emerging hard bop approach developed in the mid-1950s, Davis providing it with an anthem. Written by Davis, the composition royalties for "Walkin'" were credited to his friend Richard Carpenter. The song was also covered by Bobby McFerrin on his 1987 album Spontaneous Inventions.
|2.||"Blue 'n' Boogie"||Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli||8:16|
|2.||"You Don't Know What Love Is"||Don Raye, Gene de Paul||4:23|
|3.||"Love Me or Leave Me"||Gus Kahn, Walter Donaldson||6:54|
- Miles Davis — trumpet
- Lucky Thompson — tenor saxophone on side one
- J. J. Johnson — trombone on side one
- David Schildkraut — alto saxophone on side two
- Horace Silver — piano
- Percy Heath — bass
- Kenny Clarke — drums
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