Blue Haze

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Blue Haze
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Compilation album by Miles Davis
Released Early October 1956[1]
Recorded May 19, 1953
WOR Studios, New York City
March 15 and April 3, 1954
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Genre Jazz, bebop, hard bop
Length 36:33
Label Prestige PRLP 7054
Producer Bob Weinstock, Ira Gitler
Miles Davis chronology
Collectors' Items
(1956)
Blue Haze
(1956)
Walkin'
(1957)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[3]

Blue Haze is a compilation of tracks recorded in 1953 and 1954 by Miles Davis for Prestige Records.[4] It is a reissue in 12" format of the 10" LP Miles Davis Quartet (PRLP 161), with "I'll Remember April" added. Tracks 4,6, 7, and 8 come from Prestige PREP 1326, The Miles Davis Quartet, recorded 19 May 1953. It features a quartet with John Lewis on piano —replaced on "Smooch" by its co-composer Charles MingusPercy Heath, the bassist throughout the album, and Max Roach on drums. Tracks 2, 3, and 5, from March 15, 1954, with Horace Silver on piano and Art Blakey on drums, were first released on PREP 1360, titled Miles Davis Quartet. The first track on the album is from the 3 April 1954 session which resulted in half of the album Walkin' (and was originally included on the 10" LP Miles Davis Quintet (PRLP 185)).

The compositions "Four" and "Tune Up" were always credited to Davis, although both are claimed by Eddie Vinson to be his compositions. Vinson was a known blues singer at that time and had no use for them and gave Davis permission to record them. No one was opposed to the false crediting until "recently", as Jack Chambers wrote in Milestones 1983.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Track Song Title Written by Time
1. I'll Remember April Don Raye, Gene de Paul, Patricia Johnston 7:55
2. Four Miles Davis or Eddie Vinson 4:03
3. Old Devil Moon Burton Lane, E.Y. Harburg 3:24
4. Smooch Miles Davis, Charles Mingus 3:06
5. Blue Haze Miles Davis 6:12
6. When Lights are Low Benny Carter, Spencer Williams 3:29
7. Tune Up Miles Davis or Eddie Vinson 3:56
8. Miles Ahead Miles Davis, Gil Evans 4:28

Personnel[edit]

Track #1 (April 3, 1954):

Track #2, 3 and 5 (March 15, 1954):

  • Miles Davis - trumpet
  • Horace Silver - piano
  • Percy Heath - bass
  • Art Blakey - drums

Track #4, 6, 7 and 8 (May 19, 1953):

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard Oct 13, 1956
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott (2011). "Blue Haze - Miles Davis | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 57. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  4. ^ http://www.jazzdisco.org/prestige-records/discography-1953-1954/
  5. ^ Jack Chamber: Milestones: The Music in Times of Miles Davis. Da Capo Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1998 (unabr. paperback ed.): Pt. 1, p. 184