Miles Davis Volume 1

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Miles Davis Volume 1
Miles Davis Volume 1.jpg
Compilation album by Miles Davis
Released January 1956[1]
Recorded May 9, 1952 & April 20, 1953 WOR Studios, New York City
March 6, 1954 Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Genre Jazz
Length 43:36 LP
58:18 CD reissue
Label Blue Note
Producer Alfred Lion
Michael Cuscuna (2001)
Miles Davis chronology
Dig
(1956)Dig1956
Miles Davis Volume 1
(1956)
Miles Davis Volume 2
(1956)Miles Davis Volume 21956
12" LP cover
BLP 1501[2]
BLP 1501[2]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
All Music 4/5 stars[3]

Miles Davis Volume 1 refers to two separate but related entities. The title was originally used for the first in a pair of compilation albums of recordings made by Miles Davis in 1952, 1953 and 1954, released in 1956 (and reissued many times) as BLP 1501 on the Blue Note Records label.

Miles Davis Volume 1 also refers to a CD compilation that contains the entirety of Young Man with a Horn (BLP 5013, 1951) plus three alternate takes, plus the entirety of Miles Davis, Vol. 3 (BLP 5040, 1954), both released on 10-inch LP.

The album was identified by Scott Yanow in his Allmusic essay "Hard Bop" in 2010 as one of the 17 Essential Hard Bop Recordings.[4]

Release history[edit]

The 12-inch LP (BLP 1501) was originally released in January 1956, followed by Volume 2 (BLP 1502), after Davis won the Down Beat readers poll as best trumpeter.[5] The two volumes of rereleased Miles Davis material were the first releases in Blue Note's new 1500 series of 12"LPs.[6] The music compiled on the two volumes was from three separate recording sessions made over 1952–54, some of which had been previously issued as singles, and as three now discontinued 10-inch LPs. Volume 1 contained takes of the May 9, 1952 and April 20, 1953 sessions for the label, including alternate takes of some songs. The master takes had originally been issued in 10"LP format under the titles Young Man with a Horn (BLP 5013), and Miles Davis Volume 2 (BLP 5022). The original BLP 1501 running order is available on some Japanese CD versions and from HDTracks.

The 1988 CD edition (Blue Note CDP 7 81501 2) reused the cover from BLP 1501, but had different content. The CD compiled the entire tracks recorded on May 9, 1952, and March 6, 1954, whereas the complete 1953 session is now on Miles Davis Volume 2. By appending the alternate takes directly after master takes, of the initial 10-inch release Young Man with a Horn, it did not maintain the original order of the historic record.

The 2001 CD edition (7243 5 32610 2 3) used new cover art based on 1954's Volume 3, and was remastered by Rudy Van Gelder. Like the 1988 version, it contained the entire 1952 and 1954 sessions, but with alternates following the original running order of BLP 5013.

Track listing[edit]

12" LP[edit]

Blue Note – BLP 1501[6]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Session Length
1. "Tempus Fugit" Bud Powell April 20, 1953 3:53
2. "Kelo" Jay Jay Johnson April 20, 1953 3:30
3. "Enigma" Jay Jay Johnson April 20, 1953 3:25
4. "Ray's Idea" Gil Fuller & Ray Brown April 20, 1953 3:46
5. "How Deep Is the Ocean?" Irving Berlin May 9, 1952 4:40
6. "C.T.A" (Alternate Take) Jimmy Heath April 20, 1953 3:18
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Session Length
1. "Dear Old Stockholm" Traditional May 9, 1952 4:13
2. "Chance It" Oscar Pettiford May 9, 1952 3:04
3. "Yesterdays" Jerome Kern & Otto Harbach May 9, 1952 3:46
4. "Donna" (Alternate Take) Jackie McLean May 9, 1952 3:12
5. "C.T.A" Jimmy Heath April 20, 1953 3:36
6. "Woody 'n' You" (Alternate Take) Dizzy Gillespie May 9, 1952 3:23
Total length: 43:36

CD[edit]

Blue Note – 7243 5 32610 2 3[7]

No. Title Writer(s) Session Length
1. "Dear Old Stockholm" Traditional May 9, 1952 4:13
2. "Chance It" Oscar Pettiford May 9, 1952 3:04
3. "Donna" (a.k.a Dig) Jackie McLean May 9, 1952 3:14
4. "Woody 'n' You" Dizzy Gillespie May 9, 1952 3:26
5. "Yesterdays" Jerome Kern & Otto Harbach May 9, 1952 3:46
6. "How Deep Is the Ocean?" Irving Berlin May 9, 1952 4:40
7. "Chance It" (Alternate Take) Oscar Pettiford May 9, 1952 2:54
8. "Donna" (Alternate Take) Jackie McLean May 9, 1952 3:12
9. "Woody 'n' You" (Alternate Take) Dizzy Gillespie May 9, 1952 3:23
10. "Take Off" Miles Davis March 6, 1954 3:41
11. "Lazy Susan" Miles Davis March 6, 1954 4:03
12. "The Leap" Miles Davis March 6, 1954 4:32
13. "Well, You Needn't" Thelonious Monk March 6, 1954 5:24
14. "Weirdo" Miles Davis March 6, 1954 4:45
15. "It Never Entered My Mind" Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart March 6, 1954 4:01
Total length: 43:36

Musicians[edit]

May 9, 1952 [8]
April 20, 1953[9]
March 6, 1954[10]
  • Miles Davis - trumpet
  • Horace Silver - piano
  • Percy Heath - bass
  • Art Blakey - drums

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Billboard, February 4, 1956". Billboard. Retrieved April 17, 2017. 
  2. ^ This is the original cover for the 1956 12" LP and earlier CD releases. The 2001 RVG edition of the album (above) is a slightly altered version of the cover for Miles Davis Volume 3, Blue Note 5040 (10" LP).
  3. ^ "Miles Davis Volume 1 (All Music review)". All Music. Retrieved April 17, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Hard Bop (Essay) by Scott Yanow". All Music. Retrieved April 17, 2017. 
  5. ^ Leonard Feather in the original liner notes to Miles Davis Volume 1 (1956).
  6. ^ a b "Miles Davis Volume 1". Discogs. Retrieved April 17, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Miles Davis Volume 1 (CD Reissue)". Discogs. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Session details: May 9, 1952". Miles Ahead: A Miles Davis Website. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Session details: April 20, 1953". Miles Ahead: A Miles Davis Website. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Session details: March 6, 1954". Miles Ahead: A Miles Davis Website. Retrieved April 20, 2017.