Miles Davis: On Green Dolphin Street


On Green Dolphin Street


Miles Davis (trumpet)


The Complete Columbia Recordings: Miles Davis & John Coltrane (Columbia/Legacy 90922)

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Miles Davis (trumpet), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Cannonball Adderley (alto sax), Bill Evans (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums).

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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