Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet

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Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet
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Studio album by Miles Davis
ReleasedDecember 1959[1]
RecordedMay 11 and October 26, 1956
StudioRudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey
GenreJazz
Length41:59
LabelPrestige
PRLP 7166
ProducerBob Weinstock
Miles Davis chronology
Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants
(1959)
Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet
(1959)
Steamin' with the Miles Davis Quintet
(1961)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
All About Jazzfavorable[2]
Allmusic5/5 stars[3]
Down Beat5/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide5/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[6]

Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet is an album recorded in 1956 by Miles Davis. Two sessions on May 11, 1956 and October 26 in the same year resulted in four albums—this one, Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet, Steamin' with the Miles Davis Quintet and Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet. Track 2 is a composition written for Davis by Eddie Vinson (see Blue Haze for more details). "Trane's Blues" (also known as "Vierd Blues", a tongue-in-cheek reference to Blue Note founder Francis Wolff's heavily accented verdict on it), also credited to Davis, is in fact a John Coltrane composition (originally titled "John Paul Jones", and from an earlier session led by bassist Paul Chambers; before the closing statement of theme, Coltrane and Davis play a bit of Charlie Parker's "The Hymn").

Background[edit]

As his star rose in 1955, Davis formed a new quintet, featuring saxophonist John Coltrane, pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones. In order to fulfill contractual obligations, he recorded lengthy, spontaneous songs with the quintet, which were released over four albums—Workin', Cookin', Relaxin', and Steamin' with the Miles Davis Quintet.

Track listing[edit]

Prestige – LP 7166:[7]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."It Never Entered My Mind"Richard Rodgers5:26
2."Four"Eddie Vinson7:15
3."In Your Own Sweet Way"Dave Brubeck5:45
4."The Theme" (Take 1)Miles Davis2:01
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Trane's Blues" (a.k.a. "Vierd Blues")John Coltrane8:35
2."Ahmad's Blues"Ahmad Jamal7:26
3."Half Nelson"Miles Davis4:48
4."The Theme" (Take 2)Miles Davis1:03
Total length:41:59

All tracks recorded on May 11, 1956, except "Half Nelson", recorded on October 26.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Billboard - December 7, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  2. ^ "Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet". All About Jazz. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  3. ^ "Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet". All Music. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  4. ^ "Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet". CD Universe. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  5. ^ DeCurtis, Anthony; Henke, James; George-Warren, Holly, eds. (27 October 1992). The Rolling Stone Album Guide (3rd ed.). Random House. p. 179. ISBN 0679737294.
  6. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 58. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  7. ^ "Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet". Discogs. Retrieved October 28, 2016.