Blue Haze

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Blue Haze
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Studio album by Miles Davis
Released 1954
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
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Blue Haze
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Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[2]

Blue Haze is an album recorded in 1953 and 1954 by Miles Davis for Prestige Records. 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 remainder is the result of two sessions on May 19, 1953 and March 15, 1954, the first being a quartet with John Lewis on piano —curiously replaced on "Smootch" by its co-composer Charles MingusPercy Heath, the bassist throughout the album, and Max Roach on drums. On the second session in March 1954 Horace Silver was on piano and Art Blakey on drums. These seven tracks were all originally released on the 10" LP Miles Davis Quartet (PRLP 161).

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 opposed to the false crediting until "recently", as Jack Chambers wrote in Milestones 1983.[3]

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


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):


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott (2011). "Blue Haze - Miles Davis | AllMusic". Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 57. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  3. ^ Jack Chamber: Milestones: The Music in Times of Miles Davis. Da Capo Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1998 (unabr. paperback ed.): Pt. 1, p. 184