Jazz from the late '50s, emerging into the '60s, were a wondrous, bohemian style that appealed to many people, more than the usual jazz audiences from the big band era. Leading that jazz renaissance was none other than the legendary trumpeter, Miles Davis.
Jazz from the late '50s, emerging into the '60s, were a wondrous, bohemian style that appealed to many people, more than the usual jazz audiences from the big band era. Leading that jazz renaissance was none other than the legendary trumpeter, Miles Davis. Miles Davis assembled an exemplary list of performers, many who went on to their own level of fame (Sonny Rollins, who famously played the heart-melting sax in the Stones' “Waiting On A Friend”, Art Blakey, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Wayne Shorter, who would form the great Weather Report jazz fusion band, and many others).
Miles Davis' musical gift extended beyond that of his trumpet playing. It was clear that he could craft songs that left lasting impressions. And he proved this time and again in the many albums released during his lifetime, during his many incarnations. Davis, in the late '50s, enjoyed a recording contract with Columbia Records, an affiliation that would stay with him for many of his best known works including the best-selling jazz album of all time, Kind Of Blue (1959).
One of the hallmarks of the earliest Columbia Records issues of Miles Davis was the fact that they were recorded in mono (playback for a single speaker). With much of Miles Davis' works released in massive Box sets including a Complete Albums Collection, there doesn't appear to be much left to provide to Miles Davis fans. That changes on November 12, when Legacy Recordings releases a nine-disc Box of early Miles Davis classics that began with 'Round About Midnight (1957), and goes through the rare Miles And Monk At Newport (1964). In between, the classics include Miles Ahead (1957), Milestones (1958), the rare Jazz Track (1959), Porgy And Bess (1959), Kind Of Blue (1959), Sketches Of Spain (1960), and Someday My Prince Will Come (1961). The standout feature about all of these recordings is that they were recorded in mono.
The new Box will be called The Original Mono Recordings, and will contain all of the above mentioned titles with brand new remastering, All of the nine CDs will be housed in mini-LP jackets, and tucked into a container that handsomely holds the set. In addition to the CDs, there will be a 40-page booklet with complete album information, an extensive essay on Miles Davis this period (1956-1961), along with photos, new liner notes, and an album-by-album run-through of their remastering processes. The bonus of the set is getting Jazz Track, and Miles And Monk At Newport, as those two titles have not been released in previous CD collections, and have largely been unavailable for many years.
For vinyl LP aficionados, Legacy will also reissue vinyl mono versions of Kind Of Blue, Miles And Monk At Newport, and Jazz Track, which will complete the list of mono version Miles Davis classics released on vinyl. These are scheduled for November 29.