Dig (Miles Davis album)

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Dig
Dig MilesDavis.jpg
Compilation album by
ReleasedJanuary 1956[1]
RecordedOctober 5, 1951 at Apex Studio, New York City
GenreJazz
Length34:45 (Original LP Format)
44:00 (CD Reissue)
LabelPrestige
ProducerBob Weinstock
Miles Davis chronology
Blue Moods
(1955)
Dig
(1956)
Miles
(1956)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[2]
PopMatters7/10[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[4]

Dig is an album by Miles Davis on Prestige Records, catalogue number 7012. It features tracks from a 1951 session at Apex Studios, remastered in 1956 by Rudy Van Gelder. First released in the twelve-inch format in 1956, Dig was later reissued as a compact disc with additional tracks. The original album was later released as Diggin' with the catalogue number PR 7281 and a different cover. That later version is the one currently widely available on vinyl although the expanded version of Dig is the one available on CD.

After inaugurating the school of cool jazz with the Birth of the Cool recording sessions in 1949 and 1950, Davis almost immediately turned away from that sound in the early 1950s, instead exploring hard bop. Dig was also the jazz recording debut of saxophonist Jackie McLean, and was one of Sonny Rollins's earliest recordings; both men would go on to become major voices in jazz.

Release history[edit]

The material was originally released on two 10-inch LPs, except for "Denial", released on a 1954 7" (Prestige PREP 1361). "Dig" and "It's Only a Paper Moon" first appeared on The New Sounds (PRLP 124), as did "Conception" and "My Old Flame". "Bluing" and "Out of the Blue" were originally released on Blue Period (PRLP 140). When the material was reconfigured for the new 12-inch format, "Conception" and "My Old Flame" were included on the Prestige various artists collection Conception (PRLP 7013).

Track listing[edit]

12" LP[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Dig"George Shearing7:33
2."It's Only a Paper Moon"Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg, Billy Rose5:23
3."Denial"Miles Davis5:39
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Bluing"Miles Davis9:55
2."Out of the Blue"Miles Davis6:15
Total length:34:45

CD[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Dig"Jackie McLean7:33
2."It's Only a Paper Moon"Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg, Billy Rose5:23
3."Denial"Miles Davis5:39
4."Bluing"Miles Davis9:55
5."Out of the Blue"Miles Davis6:15
6."Conception"George Shearing4:01
7."My Old Flame"Sam Coslow6:34
Total length:44:00

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard Feb 4, 1956
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott (2011). "Dig [Bonus Tracks] – Sonny Rollins | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  3. ^ PopMatters review
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 57. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.