Miles Davis: Moon Dreams

Track

Moon Dreams

Group

Miles Davis Octet

CD

Birth of the Cool (Capitol 7243 5 30117 2 7)

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Musicians:

Miles Davis (trumpet), Gerry Mulligan (baritone sax), Lee Konitz (alto sax), J.J. Johnson (trombone), Max Roach (drums),

Gunther Schuller (French horn), Bill Barber (tuba), Al McKibbon (bass)

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Composed by Johnny Mercer & Chummy MacGregor. Arranged by Gil Evans

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Recorded: New York, March 9, 1950

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Miles Davis, artwork by Michael Symonds

Miles Davis once studied a Gil Evans chart "for days, trying to find the note I heard" when superimposed chords produced a mysterious overtone. Miles decided the note "didn’t even exist.” Here, after a passage ascends seamlessly from tuba through baritone through alto, Lee Konitz sustains a high note as the other instruments fall away. In the moment before Miles reenters, there's a faint sound that may be a squeak from Lee’s reed, a tape glitch, or perhaps a phantom Gil Evans overtone. This uncertainty contributes to the eeriness of “Moon Dreams,” among the most haunting orchestrations in jazz history.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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