Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants

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Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants
Studio album by Miles Davis
Released 1959
Recorded December 24, 1954 and October 26, 1956
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack
Genre Jazz
Length 42:12
Label Prestige
PRLP 7150
Producer Bob Weinstock
Miles Davis chronology
Bags' Groove
Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants
The Musings of Miles
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
All About Jazz (favorable)[1]
Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]

Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants (PRLP 7150) is an album by Miles Davis, released on Prestige Records in 1959. Most of the material comes from a session on December 24, 1954, featuring Thelonious Monk and Milt Jackson, and had been previously released in the discontinued ten inch LP format. "Swing Spring" was originally released on the 10"LP Miles Davis All Stars, Volume 1 (PRLP 196), and "Bemsha Swing" and "The Man I Love" (take 2) had been previously released on Volume 2 (PRLP 200).[3] "'Round Midnight" is newly released, and comes from the same sessions by Davis's new quintet in 1956 which resulted in Steamin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (PRLP 7200) and three other albums to fulfill Davis's contract with Prestige.[4]

The 1954 session[edit]

The 1954 session is notable as the only time Thelonious Monk made a studio recording with Davis – the two men did not get on well, as Davis felt Monk ought to be "laying out" (refraining from playing) during the trumpeter's solos. Ira Gitler, who was present at the session and wrote the sleevenotes for the album, dispels the myth that the two men confronted each other physically, but there was argument throughout the session. The first take of "The Man I Love" has a false start caused by Monk asking when he should start playing, and an exasperated Davis telling engineer Rudy Van Gelder, "Hey Rudy, put this on the record, man – all of it!". In his autobiography, Davis recalls "When I heard stories later saying that me and him was almost about to fight after I had him lay out while I was playing on 'Bags' Groove,' I was shocked, because Monk and I were, first, very close, and second, he was too big and strong for me to even be thinking about fighting [...] All I did was tell him to lay out when I was playing. My asking him to lay out had something to do with music, not friendship. He used to tell cats to lay out himself."[5]

"Bags' Groove", also recorded at the 1954 session, can be found on the album Bags' Groove.

Track listing[edit]

Track Song Title Originally By Time
1. "The Man I Love" [Take 2] George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin 7:59
2. "Swing Spring" Miles Davis 10:46
3. "'Round Midnight" Bernie Hanighen, Cootie Williams, Thelonious Monk 5:25
4. "Bemsha Swing" Thelonious Monk, Denzil Best 9:33
5. "The Man I Love" [Take 1] George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin 8:29


On "'Round Midnight":


  1. ^ All About Jazz review
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Prestige 100/200 series 10" discography, the Jazz Discography Project, accessed June 10, 2014
  4. ^ October 26, 1956 Session Details, Miles Ahead: A Miles Davis Website, accessed June 10, 2014
  5. ^ Davis, Miles; Troupe, Quincy (1990). Miles, the Autobiography. New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 80. ISBN 978-0-671-72582-2. Retrieved 2011-02-04.