Miles Davis: The Duke
Miles Davis (trumpet)
Miles Ahead (Sony SICP 1202)
Miles Davis (trumpet),
leading a 19-piece band conducted by Gil Evans, also featuring Lee Konitz (alto), Wynton Kelly (piano), Paul Chambers (bass) and Art Taylor (drums).
Arranged by Gil Evans. Composed by Dave Brubeck.
Recorded: New York, May 10, 1957
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
(Editor's note: Miles Ahead was the first Miles Davis/Gil Evans collaboration for the Columbia label, with the extraordinary Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain soon to follow. As Peter suggests, however, their initial teamwork here was a complete musical triumph. E.N.)
My favorite composition of Dave Brubeckís, realized to perfection by Gil Evansís writing, Milesís playing and the bandís accompaniment. This is a perfect song, in tribute to Duke Ellington. ďThe DukeĒ seems to say it all.
Reviewer: Peter Erskine (for Desert Island Dozens)
Tags: 1950s jazz