Miles Davis (with John Coltrane): Ah-Leu-Chah




Miles Davis (with John Coltrane)


Round About Midnight (Sony SRCS 9101)

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Miles Davis (trumpet), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums).

Composed by Charlie Parker


Recorded: New York, October 26, 1955


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

Of course, we’ve heard Coltrane, Miles, Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums as a combination on many recordings through the years. I love the way they play on this tune (which I’m pretty sure was derived from the sequence of “Honeysuckle Rose”-“Scrapple From the Apple”), the way it’s structured with the little drum-breaks and all the nuances—the beautiful feeling in the beat and the way they moved through the harmonies. They weren’t just playing over chords and playing 32 bars. They were exploring a way of playing together.

It was Miles’ group, someone has to be the leader, to organize things, but it’s really the community of players that make the music. Each one of my ensembles has been inspired by that particular realization about what is happening on the scene, creating situations for the community I live in. My nonet has a certain repertoire, a certain community of players. We’ve been playing together for years. Now, I’m the leader. I’ve organized and developed my career to a point to be able to put it together. But it’s the community of players that is making music, too. In 1956, Miles and these guys were living this music together, and you can feel how much they loved to play together. Round About Midnight was one of the first records that totally captured me and gave me a lot of ideas, and I wore it out two or three times.

Reviewer: Joe Lovano

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