Walkin'

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Walkin'
Studio album by Miles Davis
Released 1957
Recorded April 3, 1954 (#3-5)
April 29, 1954 (#1-2)
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack
Genre Jazz, hard bop
Length 37:43
Label Prestige
PRLP 7076
Producer Bob Weinstock
Miles Davis chronology
Blue Haze
(1954)
Walkin'
(1954)
Collectors' Items
(1956)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

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).[2] 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.[3] 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.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Walkin'"   Richard Carpenter 13:26
2. "Blue 'n' Boogie"   Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli 8:16

Side two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Solar"   Miles Davis 4:44
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

Performers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Walkin' – Miles Davis All-Stars | AllMusic". allmusic.com. 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  2. ^ April 3, 1954 Session Details, Miles Ahead: A Miles Davis Website, accessed May 26, 2014
  3. ^ April 29, 1954 Session Details, Miles Ahead: A Miles Davis Website, accessed May 22, 2014