Milestones (Miles Davis album)
|Studio album by|
|Released||September 2, 1958|
|Recorded||February 4 and March 4, 1958|
|Studio||Columbia 30th Street Studio|
New York City
|Miles Davis chronology|
(Original Lp release)
Milestones (CL 1193) is a studio album by American jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis, recorded with his "first great quintet" augmented as a sextet. It was released in 1958 by Columbia Records.
Tenor saxophonist John Coltrane's return to Davis' group in 1958 coincided with the "modal phase" albums: Milestones and Kind of Blue (1959) are both considered essential examples of 1950s modern jazz. Davis at this point was experimenting with modes – scale patterns other than major and minor.
"Sid's Ahead" sounds at first like a re-working of the highly successful "Walkin'" (previously released on the Prestige label), minus the opening passage (and the trombone) but here is interpreted (by different musicians) with much greater musical freedom in the solos. Davis plays both trumpet and piano on "Sid's Ahead". He plays trumpet in the ensemble passages and solos on trumpet but switches to piano to accompany the saxophonists in Garland's absence. "Billy Boy" is a solo feature for Garland and the rhythm section.
In a five-star review, Allmusic's Thom Jurek called Milestones a classic album with blues material in both bebop and post-bop veins, as well as the "memorable" title track, which introduced modalism in jazz and defined Davis' subsequent music in the years to follow. Andy Hermann of PopMatters felt that the album offers more aggressive swinging than Kind of Blue and showcases the first session between saxophonists Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley, whose different styles "feed off each other and push each musician to greater heights." Jim Santella of All About Jazz said that the quality of the personnel Davis enlisted was "the very best", even though the sextet was short-lived, and that Milestones is "a seminal album that helped shape jazz history."
Stereo remix and remaster
Milestones was originally released in mono, as well as in electronically re-channeled stereo (also called pseudo-stereo). The album was remixed and remastered in stereo for The Complete Columbia Recordings of Miles Davis with John Coltrane and, in 2009, reissued in stereo on the Columbia/Legacy label.
- Side one
- "Dr. Jekyll" (titled "Dr. Jackle" on later LP and CD releases) – 5:55 (Jackie McLean)
- "Sid's Ahead" – 13:13 (Miles Davis)
- "Two Bass Hit" – 5:19 (John Lewis, Dizzy Gillespie)
- Side two
- "Miles" (titled "Milestones" on later LP and CD releases) – 5:49 (Davis)
- "Billy Boy" – 7:19 (Traditional; arranged by Ahmad Jamal)
- "Straight, No Chaser" – 10:41 (Thelonious Monk)
- Sides one and two were combined as tracks 1–6 on CD reissues.
- CD reissue bonus tracks
- "Two Bass Hit" (alternate take) – 4:29
- "Milestones" (alternate take) – 5:58
- "Straight, No Chaser" (alternate take) – 10:28
Tracks 3–9 recorded on February 4, 1958; tracks 1–2 recorded on March 4, 1958.
- Miles Davis – trumpet, piano (on "Sid's Ahead")
- Julian "Cannonball" Adderley – alto saxophone
- John Coltrane – tenor saxophone
- Red Garland – piano
- Paul Chambers – double bass
- Philly Joe Jones – drums
- Miles Davis.com
- Down Beat: November 13, 1958 Vol. 25, No. 23
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- Miles Davis (1990). Miles. Simon & Schuster. p. 422. ISBN 0671725823. Retrieved November 29, 2013.
- Milestones – Encyclopædia Britannica Online
- Blumenthal, Bob (Oct. 2000). From the booklet for the 2001 CD release.
- Hermann, Andy (April 16, 2001). "Miles Davis: Milestones". PopMatters. Retrieved November 29, 2013.
- Santella, Jim (April 1, 2001). "Miles Davis: Milestones". All About Jazz. Retrieved November 29, 2013.
- Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006) . "Miles Davis". The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th. ed.). New York: Penguin. pp. 321–2. ISBN 0-14-102327-9.
- The Complete Miles & Trane Columbia Sessions
- Referred to as "Milestones" on Davis' later recordings, and is not to be confused with the earlier "Milestones", a bebop melody written by John Lewis, credited to Davis, first recorded in 1947.