Miles Davis: Stella by Starlight


Stella by Starlight


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), Bill Evans (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums).

Composed by Victor Young


Recorded: New York, May 26, 1958


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

"Stella by Starlight" is from Victor Young's film score for The Uninvited (1944), about a music critic and wannabe composer who takes a cut-rate house in the English countryside only to find that it's haunted. The female poltergeist trails a scent of mimosa, a plant whose leaves fold out when touched—much as Miles Davis let down his guard when touched by the Harmon muse. Here, Miles, Trane and Evans shadow Young's haunting melody the way mimosa trailed the specter, with goose bumps guaranteed as Davis's lead-in dissolves to Coltrane's solo. "Stella" is as spine-tingling as any cinematic ghost story.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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