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