Miles Davis: S'il Vous Plait


S'il Vous Plait


Miles Davis Nonet


The Complete Birth of the Cool (Capitol Jazz 94550)

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Miles Davis (trumpet), Lee Konitz (alto sax), Gerry Mulligan (baritone sax), John Lewis (piano), Max Roach (drums),

Mike Zwerin (trombone), Addison “Junior” Collins (French horn), Bill Barber (tuba), Al McKibbon (bass)


Composed by John Lewis


Recorded: live at the Royal Roost, New York, September 4, 1948


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

When I was preparing edited scores for the Birth of the Cool folio, one of my hopes was that enough parts still existed for John Lewis's "S'il Vous Plait" so that it could be included. Alas, this was not the case and the title had to be dropped. Lewis's blues with a bridge is an up-tempo piece that could be opened for solo space, and on this occasion, Konitz, Davis and Mulligan (a bit awkward here) really jump.

Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof

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