Miles Davis: Surrey with the Fringe on Top


Surrey With the Fringe On Top


Miles Davis (trumpet)


Steamin’ (Prestige 7200)

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Miles Davis (trumpet), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums).

Recorded: Hackensack, NJ, May 11, 1956


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

       Miles Davis, artwork by Michael Symonds

With a new contract and limitless opportunities waiting for him at Columbia Records, Miles Davis cut four albums in two marathon sessions to honor his existing contract with Prestige. While the albums may have been hastily recorded, the results were nothing less than spectacular. Davis asserts himself as the ultimate melodist on “Surrey With the Fringe On Top,” demonstrating his astonishing ability to capture the essence of any theme and make it his own. His interpretation of the melody blends seamlessly into his spacious improvisation, during which his muted trumpet speaks with warmth and elegance and an ever-present casual coolness.

Reviewer: Matt Leskovic

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