Collectors' Items

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Collectors' Items
CollectorsItems MilesDavis.jpg
Studio album by Miles Davis
Released December 1956[1]
Recorded January 30, 1953 (1-4)
WOR Studios, New York City
March 16, 1956 (5-7)
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack
Genre Jazz
Length 44:05, 79:38 (CD Reissue)
Label Prestige
PRLP 7044
Producer Ira Gitler (1-4)
Bob Weinstock (5-7)
Miles Davis chronology
Collectors' Items
Blue Haze
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[3]

Collectors' Items is a 1956 studio album by Miles Davis. There are two sessions collected on the album with largely different musicians. The first 1953 session is "Compulsion", "The Serpent's Tooth" (two takes) and "'Round About Midnight".[4] The second 1956 session is "In Your Own Sweet Way", "Vierd Blues" and "No Line".[5] The personnel for the first session were Davis, Sonny Rollins and Charlie Parker (credited under the pseudonym "Charlie Chan" due to his contractual obligations to a rival label) on tenor saxes, Walter Bishop on piano, Percy Heath on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums. For the second session, the tenor sax was Rollins alone, the piano was Tommy Flanagan, the bass Paul Chambers and Art Taylor on drums.

According to Ira Gitler's liner notes, the 1953 session was only the second time Parker had recorded on a tenor sax. According to the CD edition's liner notes, that session was the only time Parker and Rollins recorded together.

Davis describes the session with Parker in his autobiography as having been very chaotic. It was Davis' first session of 1953 and his heroin habit had gotten very bad. Parker had quit his own heroin habit following the arrest of his trumpet player Red Rodney, instead drinking enormous quantities of alcohol. He consumed a quart of vodka at the rehearsal, then spoke condescendingly to Davis as if it were his session and Davis an employee or a child. After arguing, Parker fell asleep and Davis was so mad he played poorly, which in turn angered Gitler who was producing.[6]

The 1953 session was considered incomplete and remained unreleased. After having signed to Columbia Records in 1956, part of Davis' contractual obligation to Prestige was to complete another half session considered owed, which resulted in the second half of this album.[7]

Parker was also billed as "Charlie Chan" on the 1953 album Jazz at Massey Hall. Also for Parker, this album represented a posthumous release, since it was released a year after his death, in New York City in March 1955.

Track listing[edit]

Prestige – PRLP7044:[8]

Side one
1."The Serpent's Tooth" (Take 1)Miles Davis7:08
2."The Serpent's Tooth" (Take 2)Miles Davis6:24
3."'Round About Midnight"Thelonious Monk7:12
4."Compulsion"Miles Davis5:53
Side two
1."No Line"Miles Davis5:48
2."Vierd Blues"Miles Davis7:00
3."In Your Own Sweet Way"Dave Brubeck4:40
Total length:44:05


January 30, 1953 session[edit]

  • Miles Davis – Trumpet
  • Sonny Rollins – Tenor Saxophone
  • Charlie Parker ("Charlie Chan") – Tenor Saxophone
  • Walter Bishop – Piano
  • Percy Heath – Bass
  • Philly Joe Jones – Drums

March 16, 1956 session[edit]

  • Miles Davis – Trumpet
  • Sonny Rollins – Tenor Saxophone
  • Tommy Flanagan – Piano
  • Paul Chambers – Bass
  • Art Taylor – Drums


  1. ^ Miles' Diary: The Life of Miles Davis 1947-61, p. 93
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott (2011). "Collectors' Items – Miles Davis | AllMusic". 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. ^ January 30, 1953 Session Details, Miles Ahead: A Miles Davis Website, accessed July 4, 2014
  5. ^ March 16, 1956 Session Details, Miles Ahead: A Miles Davis Website, accessed July 4, 2014
  6. ^ "Miles: the Autobiography", Miles Davis with Quincy Troupe, 1989, pg.161
  7. ^ "Miles: the Autobiography", Miles Davis with Quincy Troupe, 1989, pg.203
  8. ^ "Miles Davis – Collectors' Items". Discogs. Retrieved October 22, 2016.