Miles Davis: The Duke


The Duke


Miles Davis (trumpet)


Miles Ahead (Sony SICP 1202)

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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)


  • 1 ty // Feb 17, 2009 at 02:20 PM