Miles Davis - Musings Of Miles, The (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) (Music CD)
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THE MUSINGS OF MILES is a quartet dry run for the first Miles Davis Quintet, which became the most popular, influential band of the 1950s. Already on hand are pianist Red Garland--with his elegant closed voicings and driving comp--and drum innovator Joseph Rudolph Jones (Philly Joe to you).
Bassist Oscar Pettiford, who rounds out the quartet, is also a great innovator, perhaps a generation removed from Miles and his young turks. Listen especially to how he makes the band sound on "Green Haze", a slow, after hours blues. Miles employs gorgeous long tones and smears, heroically laid-back (a la Billie Holiday), as Garland feeds him lush block chords. Pettiford constructs his solo from a succession of arpeggios, in the manner of Coleman Hawkins. Compare his short attack and centered, uniform beat, with the more resonant, bell-like attack and complex beat of Paul Chambers on this and subsequent recordings of "A Night In Tunisia". And dig Miles' nod to his mentor with a Dizzyish ascent into the upper register after several relaxed choruses.
1. Will You Still Be Mine
2. I See Your Face Before Me
3. I Didn't
4. Gal In Calico
5. Night In Tunisia
6. Green Haze