Music On Vinyl - MOVLP983 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - Columbia CS 9428
A powerhouse sextet recording featuring John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley, this 1958 masterpiece captured Davis' first modal jazz experiments in pieces like "Straight, No Chaser" and the immortal title track.
Miles Davis created just one studio album with his original sextet. He made every moment count. Pairing with Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones, the trumpeter not only laid the groundwork for the modalism that immediately followed but tailored a genuine modern-jazz masterwork laden with performances among the most explosive of his distinguished career.
Due to its sandwiched position between the more famous ‘Round About Midnight and epochal Kind of Blue, Milestones remains, for too many music lovers, an overlooked classic record’s standing as one of the all-time great jazz efforts.
Colors, shapes, and dimensions appear in the manner they do when beheld from behind a studio-control room’s window. Davis’ burnished trumpet? Rendered in three-dimensional perspective, coaxing his mates out to play with unburdened zest and commotion. Coltrane’s trademark saxophone? Witness it in life-size proportion, his solos working in tandem with and against the driving rhythms. Garland’s swaggering piano lines? Visualize the 88 keys as he hits full stride, the chords and fills slithering around skeletal frameworks. If anything, Milestones is as famous for its title track as the players that produced it. The launching pad for many of Davis’ (and later, his contemporaries’) improvisational flights, the singular piece invites the tessellated explorations Coltrane would forever chase as well as the headliner’s argyle solo work, who broaches territories that far exceed what he had done with his bop-rooted past.
Miles Davis, trumpet, Piano ("Sid's Ahead")
Cannonball Adderley, alto sax
John Coltrane, tenor sax
Red Garland, piano
Paul Chambers, double bass
Philly Joe Jones, drums
1. DR. JEKYLL
2. SID'S AHEAD
3. TWO BASS HIT
2. BILLY BOY
3. STRAIGHT, NO CHASER