Miles Davis: On Green Dolphin Street
On Green Dolphin Street
Miles Davis (trumpet)
The Complete Columbia Recordings: Miles Davis & John Coltrane (Columbia/Legacy 90922)
Composed by Bronislaw Kaper and Ned Washington.
Recorded: New York, May 26, 1958
Rating: 98/100 (learn more)
Miles Davis, photo by Herb Snitzer
Originally issued on Jazz Track, an LP that devoted one side to Miles Davis playing his own film music and the flip side to Miles covering 1940s movie themes, this arrangement set the jazz mold for "On Green Dolphin Street." Henceforth, Chambers's dominant-to-tonic ostinato became as much a part of the song as composer Kaper’s melody. Miles’s Harmon-muted trumpet provides an ideal springboard for uninhibited saxophonists Coltrane and Adderley, after which Evans—recognizing the futility of single-note solos in such company—instead pays block-chord homage to George Shearing. This 10-minute track describes late-'50s hip better than a roomful of doctoral dissertations.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz
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