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Miles Davis and Milt Jackson - Quintet/Sextet - Prestige

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Prestige

Miles Davis and Milt Jackson Quintet/Sextet, also known as Quintet/Sextet and sometimes also as Miles Davis and Milt Jackson, is an album which compiles recordings made for Prestige Records on August 5, 1955 by Miles Davis.[1] Credited to "Miles Davis and Milt Jackson", this was an "all-star" session, and did not feature any of the members of Davis's working group of the time (Sonny Rollins, Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones). Jackie McLean only plays on his own compositions. After the release of the Blue Moods, a collaboration with Charles Mingus on which Davis only participated to pay back the fees to Mingus,[2] Davis recorded with his new band in New York's Café Bohemia. The band included the young Sonny Rollins (saxophone) as well as the backing band consisting of Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones, who were later hired for his Miles Davis Quintet with John Coltrane. Coltrane, however, did not play in the August studio for the current working band, but with the "All Star" lineup, with Milt Jackson (vibraphone), Percy Heath (bassist) and Art Taylor (drums). Davis also hired the pianist Ray Bryant, because he wanted a bebop sound.

Together with Milt Jackson and Percy Heath, Davis recorded with Thelonious Monk during the 1954 winter session (Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants). Art Taylor was back then a kind of a "house drummer" for the Prestige label. Sonny Rollins was replaced with the young alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, who arranged the two compositions on which he played, "Dr. Jackle" and "Minor March", the latter the only up-tempo tune in that session. "Minor March" was later renamed to "Minor Apprehension" and included on his 1959 Blue Note album New Soil.

The tune "Dr. Jackle" shows McLean's connection with the blues as well as with Charlie Parker, Miles is in a typical lyrical position and Ray Bryant plays in soul-driven, dancy fashion. "Minor March" has rhythmical breaks and a bridge, showing similarities with Bud Powell's "Tempus Fugit"; McLean's cadentials and screams anticipate the style of the future Blue Note recordings.

Miles Davis commented critically in his autobiography to the saxophonist's style: “ Jackie was so high at this session that he was always scared he could not play anymore. I don't know what's the shit was all about, but I have never hired Jackie after this session.”

It was the last joint session by Miles Davis and Percy Heath as well as the only striking performance by pianist Ray Bryant, who arranged the composition on "Blues Changes" (later renamed to "Changes"). Davis plays trumpet with a mute on this track, which has a typical romantic-tranquil mood. Thad Jones' composition "Ditty Bitty" is characterized by Bryant's playing style of blues, gospel and bebop.

After the release of the Blue Moods, a collaboration with Charles Mingus on which Davis only participated to pay back the fees to Mingus,[2] Davis recorded with his new band in New York's Café Bohemia. The band included the young Sonny Rollins (saxophone) as well as the backing band consisting of Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones, who were later hired for his Miles Davis Quintet with John Coltrane. Coltrane, however, did not play in the August studio for the current working band, but with the "All Star" lineup, with Milt Jackson (vibraphone), Percy Heath (bassist) and Art Taylor (drums). Davis also hired the pianist Ray Bryant, because he wanted a bebop sound.

Track listing "Dr. Jackle" (Jackie McLean) – 8:55 "Bitty Ditty" (Thad Jones) – 6:37 "Minor March" (Jackie McLean) – 8:18 "Changes" (Ray Bryant) – 7:11

Performers Miles Davis – trumpet Milt Jackson – vibraphone Jackie McLean – alto saxophone Ray Bryant – piano Percy Heath – bass Arthur Taylor – drums


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