Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet

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Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1958 (1958-03)[1][2]
RecordedMay 11 and October 26, 1956
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey
GenreJazz, hard bop
PRLP 7129
ProducerBob Weinstock
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The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[4]
Tom HullA[6]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[7]

Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet is a studio album by the Miles Davis quintet recorded in 1956 and released in March 1958.[1][2] Two sessions on 11 May 1956 and 26 October in the same year resulted in four albums—this one, Steamin' with the Miles Davis Quintet, Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet and Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet. These four albums are considered to be among the best performances in the whole hard bop subgenre.[3] The album was remastered by Rudy Van Gelder in 2005 for Prestige Records. This album includes dialogue snippets taken from the original master reel. As the title suggests, it also emphasizes Miles Davis' concentrated medium-register ballad playing.

Track listing[edit]

Prestige – LP 7129:

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording sessionLength
1."If I Were a Bell"Frank LoesserOctober 26, 19568:15
2."You're My Everything"Harry WarrenOctober 26, 19565:18
3."I Could Write a Book"Richard RodgersOctober 26, 19565:09
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording sessionLength
1."Oleo"Sonny RollinsOctober 26, 19566:18
2."It Could Happen to You"Jimmy Van HeusenMay 11, 19566:37
3."Woody 'n' You"Dizzy GillespieMay 11, 19565:02
Total length:36:13



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  2. ^ a b "Prestige's March Release" (PDF). The Cash Box. New York: The Cash Box Publishing Co. 15 March 1958. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Miles Davis – Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet". AllMusic. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  5. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 342. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  6. ^ Hull, Tom (n.d.). "Jazz (1940s-50s)". Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  7. ^ The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. pp. 179, 181.