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Miles Davis - Blue Haze - Prestige



Blue Haze is an album recorded in 1953 and 1954 by Miles Davis for Prestige Records. The first track on the album is from the 3 April 1954 session which resulted in half of the album Walkin' (and was originally included on the 10" LP Miles Davis Quintet (PRLP 185)). The remainder is the result of two sessions on May 19, 1953 and March 15, 1954, the first being a quartet with John Lewis on piano —curiously replaced on "Smootch" by its co-composer Charles Mingus— Percy Heath, the bassist throughout the album, and Max Roach on drums. On the second session in March 1954 Horace Silver was on piano and Art Blakey on drums. These seven tracks were all originally released on the 10" LP Miles Davis Quartet (PRLP 161).

The compositions "Four" and "Tune Up" were always credited to Davis, although both are claimed by Eddie Vinson to be his compositions. Vinson was a known blues singer at that time and had no use for them and gave Davis permission to record them. No one opposed to the false crediting until "recently", as Jack Chambers wrote in Milestones 1983.

Track listing Track Song Title Written by Time 1. I'll Remember April Don Raye, Gene de Paul, Patricia Johnston 7:55 2. Four Miles Davis or Eddie Vinson 4:03 3. Old Devil Moon Burton Lane, E.Y. Harburg 3:24 4. Smooch Miles Davis, Charles Mingus 3:06 5. Blue Haze Miles Davis 6:12 6. When Lights are Low Benny Carter, Spencer Williams 3:29 7. Tune Up Miles Davis or Eddie Vinson 3:56 8. Miles Ahead Miles Davis, Gil Evans 4:28

Personnel Track #1 (April 3, 1954): Miles Davis - trumpet David Schildkraut - alto saxophone Horace Silver - piano Percy Heath - bass Kenny Clarke - drums Track #2, 3 and 5 (March 15, 1954): Miles Davis - trumpet Horace Silver - piano Percy Heath - bass Art Blakey - drums Track #4, 6, 7 and 8 (May 19, 1953): Miles Davis - trumpet John Lewis - piano (not on "Smooch") Charles Mingus - piano ("Smooch" only) Percy Heath - bass Max Roach - drums

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