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Miles Davis – Workin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet (1959/2016) [PonoMusic 24-192]

Miles Davis – Workin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet (1959/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 42:17 minutes | 1,93 GB | Genre: Jazz
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Trumpeter Miles Davis led several sessions for Prestige Records between November 1955 and October 1956 with his legendary “first” quintet, featuring tenor saxophonist John Coltrane, pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones. The sessions represent an incomparable musical legacy. Impeccably engineered by Rudy Van Gelder, the music was released on five albums that provide a unique glimpse at how five brilliant instrumentalists coalesced into one of the most extraordinary ensembles in modern jazz. Workin’ presents an easygoing program that balances ballads with the blues and includes quintet performances of originals by Davis (“Four,” “Half Nelson”), Coltrane (“Trane’s Blues”), and Dave Brubeck (“In Your Own Sweet Way”); an interpretation of the standard “It Never Entered My Mind” without saxophone; and a piano-trio version of Ahmad Jamal’s “Ahmad’s Blues.” Coltrane’s melancholy solo on Brubeck’s tune and Garland’s spry excursion on Coltrane’s are two of this classic’s many highlights.

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Miles Davis – The Last Word: The Warner Bros. Years (2015) [HDTracks 24-44,1]

Miles Davis – The Last Word: The Warner Bros. Years (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 6:57:17 minutes | 4,67 GB | Genre: Jazz
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8 disc set from Miles’ work in the 1980-1990s plus live performances. Newly remastered in 2015.

Disc 1 – Tutu
Disc 2 – Music From Siesta (With Marcus Miller)
Disc 3 – Amandla
Disc 4 – Dingo Original Soundtrack (With Michele Legrand)
Disc 5 – Doo Bop
Disc 6 – Miles & Quincy Live At Montreux
Disc 7 – Live Around The World
Disc 8 – Live Performance from Nice Festival, France

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Miles Davis – Steamin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet (1961/2016) [PonoMusic 24-192]

Miles Davis – Steamin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet (1961/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 40:07 minutes | 1,92 GB | Genre: Jazz
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Although chronologically the last to be issued, this collection includes some of the best performances from the tapes which would produce the albums Cookin’, Relaxin’, Workin’, and ultimately, Steamin’. A primary consideration of these fruitful sessions is the caliber of musicians — Miles Davis (trumpet), Red Garland (piano), John Coltrane (tenor sax), and Philly Joe Jones (drums) — who were basically doing their stage act in the studio. As actively performing musicians, the material they are most intimate with would be their live repertoire. Likewise, what more obvious place than a studio is there to capture every inescapable audible nuance of the combo’s musical group mind. The end results are consistently astonishing. At the center of Steamin’, as with most outings by this band, are the group improvisations which consist of solo upon solo of arguably the sweetest and otherwise most swinging interactions known to have existed between musicians. “Surrey With the Fringe on Top” is passed between the mates like an old joke. Garland compliments threads started by Davis and Coltrane as their seamless interaction yields a stream of strikingly lyrical passages. There are two well-placed nods to fellow bop pioneers Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie on a revision of their “Salt Peanuts.” Philly Joe Jones’ mimicking cymbal speak — which replicates Gillespie’s original vocals — is nothing short of genius. This rendition is definitely as crazy and unpredictable here as the original. Thelonious Monk also gets kudos on “Well, You Needn’t.” This quintet makes short work of the intricacies of the arrangement, adding the double horn lead on the choruses and ultimately redefining this jazz standard. Although there is no original material on Steamin’, it may best represent the ability of the Miles Davis quintet to take standards and rebuild them to suit their qualifications.

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Miles Davis – E.S.P. (1965) [MFSL 2016] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88,2}

Miles Davis – E.S.P. (1965) [MFSL 2016]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 48:02 minutes | Scans included | 1,95 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 933 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2170 | Genre: Jazz

ESP marks the beginning of a revitalization for Miles Davis, as his second classic quintet – saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams – gels, establishing what would become their signature adventurous hard bop. Miles had been moving toward this direction in the two years preceding the release of ESP and he had recorded with everyone outside of Shorter prior to this record, but his addition galvanizes the group, pushing them toward music that was recognizably bop but as adventurous as jazz’s avant-garde. Outwardly, this music doesn’t take as many risks as Coltrane or Ornette Coleman’s recordings of the mid-’60s, but by borrowing some of the same theories – a de-emphasis of composition in favor of sheer improvisation, elastic definitions of tonality – they created a unique sound that came to define the very sound of modern jazz. Certainly, many musicians have returned to this group for inspiration, but their recordings remain fresh, because they exist at this fine dividing line between standard bop and avant. On ESP, they tilt a bit toward conventional hard bop (something that’s apparent toward the end of the record), largely because this is their first effort, but the fact is, this difference between this album and hard bop from the early ’60s is remarkable. This is exploratory music, whether it’s rushing by in a flurry of notes or elegantly reclining in Hancock’s calm yet complex chords. The compositions are brilliantly structured as well, encouraging such free-form exploration with their elliptical yet memorable themes. This quintet may have cut more adventurous records, but ESP remains one of their very best albums.

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Robert Glasper & Miles Davis – Everything’s Beautiful (2016) [Qobuz 24-44,1]

Robert Glasper & Miles Davis – Everything’s Beautiful (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 47:04 minutes | 502 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Everything’s Beautiful brings Miles Davis’ sound into the 21st century, blending a diverse group of master takes and outtakes from across Miles’ incredible tenure with Columbia Records (1955-1985) with original reinterpretations. Robert Glasper produced the collaboration. “I didn’t want to do just a remix record,” Glasper noted when discussing the 11-song set. “My idea was to show how Miles inspired people to make new art”. Knowing that “Miles didn’t have one audience,” Glasper recruited a legion of diverse guest artists to add to the magic of the project including familiar collaborators like R&B musicians Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Bilal and KING. They are joined by British soul singer-songwriter Laura Mvula; hip-hop producer Rashad Smith; Grammy-nominated Australian neo-soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote, rapper/producer Illa J; jazz guitarist John Scofield, who collaborated with Davis; and the legendary Stevie Wonder.

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Miles Davis – Workin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet (1959/2014) [HDTracks 24-44.1]

Miles Davis – Workin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) (1959/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 42:24 minutes | 478 MB | Genre: Jazz
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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”). Paul Chambers plays a cello bassline on “Half Nelson”.

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Miles Davis – The Musings Of Miles (1955/2014) [HDTracks 24-44.1]

Miles Davis – The Musings Of Miles (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) (1955/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 35:52 minutes | 423 MB | Genre: Jazz
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This was a forerunner of the Miles Davis Quintet as it was his first session with Red Garland and Philly Joe Jones. Up to then his Prestige dates had been of the “all star” variety. (Oscar Pettiford fills that bill here.) By the fall, John Coltrane and Paul Chambers would come aboard to help form the first of a continuum of great Davis working groups. On “A Night in Tunisia” Philly Joe used special sticks with little cymbals riveted to the shaft.

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Miles Davis – Relaxin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet (1958/2014) [HDTracks 24-44.1]

Miles Davis – Relaxin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet [Rudy Van Gelder Remaster] (1958/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time –  36:51 minutes | 414 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Relaxin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet is an album recorded in 1956 by Miles Davis. 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. The album was remastered by Rudy Van Gelder in 2005 for Prestige Records. This album includes dialogue snippets taken from the original master reel. It also emphasizes the Miles Davis’ concentrated ballad-style playing with his medium-register trumpet.

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Miles Davis – Miles Ahead: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2016) [Qobuz 24-44.1]

Miles Davis – Miles Ahead (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:15:54 minutes | 840 MB | Genre: Jazz
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The release of the movie MILES AHEAD, Don Cheadle’s wildly entertaining and moving exploration of Miles Davis, will be accompanied by this new soundtrack featuring musical highlights from Miles’ career and new recordings overseen by Grammy Award-winning jazz/hip-hop artist Robert Glasper.

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Miles Davis – Cookin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet (1957/2014) [HDTracks 24-44.1]

Miles Davis – Cookin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) (1957/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 33:25 minutes | 375 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Cookin’ With the Miles Davis Quintet is the first of four classic albums that emerged from two marathon and fruitful sessions recorded in 1956 (the other three discs released in Cookin’s wake were Workin’, Relaxin’ and Steamin’). All the albums were recorded live in the studio, as Davis sought to capture, with Rudy Van Gelder’s expert engineering, the sense of a club show · la the Café Bohemia in New York, with his new quintet, featuring tenor saxophonist John Coltrane. In Miles’s own words, he says he called this album Cookin’ because “that’s what we did-came in and cooked.” What’s particularly significant about this Davis album is his first recording of what became a classic tune for him: “My Funny Valentine.” Hot playing is also reserved for the uptempo number “Tune Up,” which revs with the zoom of both the leader and Trane.

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