Miles: The New Miles Davis Quintet

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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1956[1]
RecordedNovember 16, 1955
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey
PRLP 7014
ProducerBob Weinstock
Miles Davis chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[3]

Miles: The New Miles Davis Quintet is an album by jazz musician Miles Davis released in 1956 on Prestige Records, catalogue 7014. It is the debut record by the Miles Davis Quintet, and generally known by the original title Miles as indicated on the cover.


In the summer of 1955, Davis performed a noted set at the Newport Jazz Festival, and had been approached by Columbia Records executive George Avakian, offering a contract with the label if he could form a regular band.[4] Davis assembled his first regular quintet to meet a commitment at the Café Bohemia in July, by September the line-up stabilizing to John Coltrane on tenor saxophone, Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums.[5]

Still under contract to Prestige, an arrangement dating back to January 1951,[6] Davis convinced Avakian to buy out his contract with Prestige.[7] The terms of the deal between Avakian and Weinstock allowed Davis to record for Columbia but not release any of the material until Davis fulfilled his remaining duty to Prestige.[8] Davis took the quintet into the Columbia's studio first, on October 26, to record titles that would be issued on Round About Midnight.[9] Three weeks later the quintet entered the studio of Rudy Van Gelder in Hackensack, New Jersey, yielding the six titles for this album. During the following year, Davis and his quintet would record enough material over two Van Gelder sessions to yield Cookin', Relaxin', Workin', and Steamin' and fulfill their contractual obligation to Prestige.


The songs were a mix of pop and jazz standards, items familiar enough to present few problems to the fledgling band, given the Prestige policy of offering no compensation for rehearsal time.[10] "The Theme" would continue to be Davis' standard set closer, and Coltrane does not play on "There Is No Greater Love."

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

1."Just Squeeze Me"Duke Ellington, Lee Gaines7:27
2."There Is No Greater Love"Isham Jones, Marty Symes5:19
3."How Am I to Know?"Dorothy Parker, Jack King4:39

Side two[edit]

1."S'posin'"Paul Denniker, Andy Razaf5:15
2."The Theme"Miles Davis5:49
3."Stablemates"Benny Golson5:18


See also[edit]

Albums recorded by the same personnel:


  1. ^ Billboard May 5, 1956
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott (2011). "The New Miles Davis Quintet – Miles Davis Quintet | AllMusic". Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 58. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. ^ Richard Cook. It's About That Time: Miles Davis On and Off Record. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. ISBN 978-0-19-532266-8, pp. 44-45.
  5. ^ Cook, p. 45.
  6. ^ Cook, p. 25.
  7. ^ Farah Jasmine Griffin and Salim Washington. Clawing at the Limits of Cool: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and the Greatest Jazz Collaboration Ever. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2008. ISBN 978-0-312-32785-9, p. 86.
  8. ^ Cook, p. 47.
  9. ^ Miles Davis retrieved 10 August 2011.
  10. ^ Griffin and Washington, p. 160.