Miles Davis: I Didn't


I Didn't


Miles Davis (trumpet)


The Musings of Miles (PRCD 30651)

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Miles Davis (trumpet), Red Garland (piano), Oscar Pettiford (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums).

Composed by Miles Davis


Recorded: Hackensack, NJ, June 7, 1955


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

"I Didn't" is a rebuttal to Thelonious Monk's "Well, You Needn't," but more accurately, it's an accidental derivation of it. As stated by liner notes author Ira Gitler, Monk didn't think Miles played the bridge as Monk conceived it, so a "new" song was born.

What's more notable, however, is the performance. On this session, Davis was backed by what would soon be his regular pianist and drummer along with an all-world bassist. With a melody less fussy than the one it was intended to mimic, Miles glides right through the fewer changes with a confident stride and eloquent tone. Pettiford's firm walking-bass style allows Jones to play loose the way he loved to do, and Garland's economically swinging style is already evident in this early session with the trumpeter.

As a composition, "I Didn't" doesn't live up to the Monk classic that inspired it, but the playing was nonetheless inspired.

Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron


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