Miles Davis: Oleo




Miles Davis Quintet


Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (Prestige PRCD-7129-2)

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

Composed by Sonny Rollins


Recorded: Hackensack, NJ, October 26, 1956


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

Miles Davis first recorded "Oleo" in 1954 with its composer Sonny Rollins on tenor. Two years later, Miles was leading the era's most arresting quintet, built around a good cop/bad cop routine where, after Miles softened you up, Coltrane zeroed in for the kill. Revisiting "Oleo," Miles's improved arrangement features a distinctive Jones-Garland rhythmic figure and trumpet solos sandwiching terrific turns by Coltrane and Red. Trane's sound is as sharply honed as a Japanese kitchen knife advertised on late-night TV, slicing through rebar the way an ordinary knife slides through butter. Or, make that Oleo. Act now—supplies are limited!

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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  • 1 jaunette mays // May 11, 2008 at 06:34 PM
    I just wanted to try somtething different and see how the jazz was back in the day. I listen to it often on "The Cosby Show" but never at home and I see I need a new sound.
  • 2 bior yian // May 16, 2008 at 09:22 AM
    this song called oleo simply kicks asses! and this interpretation by miles davis quintet it's just one of the best songs ever