Blue Haze

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Blue Haze
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Compilation album by
ReleasedEarly October 1956[1]
RecordedMay 19, 1953, March 15 and April 3, 1954
StudioWOR Studios, New York City, Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
GenreJazz, bebop, hard bop
Length36:33
LabelPrestige PRLP 7054
ProducerBob Weinstock, Ira Gitler
Miles Davis chronology
Quintet/Sextet
(1956)
Blue Haze
(1956)
Collectors' Items
(1956)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings3/4 stars [4]

Blue Haze is a compilation album of tracks recorded in 1953 and 1954 by Miles Davis for Prestige Records.[5]

Overview[edit]

The album 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 "I'll Remember April" is from the 3 April 1954 session 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 were 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 expressed opposition to the false crediting until decades later.[6]

The album's last track, "Miles Ahead" is not the same composition as featured on the album of the same name, but is the changes to John Lewis' tune "Milestones".

Track listing[edit]

Prestige – LP 7054[7]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."I'll Remember April"Don Raye, Gene de Paul, Patricia Johnston7:55
2."Four"Miles Davis4:03
3."Old Devil Moon"Burton Lane, E.Y. Harburg3:24
4."Smooch"Miles Davis, Charles Mingus3:06
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Blue Haze"Miles Davis6:12
2."When Lights are Low"Benny Carter, Spencer Williams3:29
3."Tune Up"Miles Davis3:56
4."Miles Ahead"Miles Davis4:28
Total length:36:33

Personnel[edit]

Track #1 (April 3, 1954)

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

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., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 57. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 341. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  5. ^ http://www.jazzdisco.org/prestige-records/discography-1953-1954/
  6. ^ Jack Chamber: Milestones: The Music in Times of Miles Davis. Da Capo Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1998 (unabr. paperback ed.): Pt. 1, p. 184
  7. ^ "Miles Davis – Blue Haze". Discogs. Retrieved October 22, 2016.