Miles Davis: Move
Miles Davis Nonet
Birth of the Cool (Capitol Jazz RVG Edition 30117)
Addison “Junior” Collins (French horn), Bill Barber (tuba), Al Haig (piano), Joe Shulman (bass).
Composed by Denzil Best. Arranged by John Lewis.
Recorded: New York, January 21, 1949
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
Written by drummer Denzil Best, this is one of the Birth of the Cool arrangements that could be naturally opened up for solos, and Miles, Konitz and Roach deliver. Arranger John Lewis writes driving musical figures with economy of orchestration, and it says a great deal about Collins and Barber that they could play such exciting musical lines on instruments that "spoke" slowly – one of the challenges this ensemble had to rise above. That they did it so well is a testament to the excellence of these musicians.
Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof