Miles Davis: My Ship
Miles Davis Orchestra under the direction of Gil Evans
Miles Ahead (Miles Davis + 19) (Sony Columbia/Legacy CK 40784)
Bernie Glow, Ernie Royal, Louis Mucci, Taft Jordan, Johnny Carisi (trumpets); Frank Rehak, Jimmy Cleveland, Joe Bennett (trombones); Willie Ruff, Tony Miranda (french horns); Bill Barber (tuba); Lee Konitz (alto saxophone); Danny Bank (b-clarinet); Romeo Penque, Sid Cooper (clarinet, flute); Paul Chambers (bass); Art Taylor (drums).
Composed by Kurt Weill.
Recorded: New York, May 10, 1957
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
"My Ship,” helmed by arranger Gil Evans to a port of pure bliss, is the most sublime 4½ minutes in all of music. In particular, Gil’s achingly beautiful descending glissando for trombones a little past 3 minutes into the piece is enough to melt the stoniest soul. “The sun sits high in a sapphire sky,” goes Ira Gershwin’s lyric, “when my ship comes in.” The orchestrator supreme, Gil Evans paints a sapphire sky in which Miles Davis is the sun sitting high. It’s an everlastingly shining triumph for jazz. Our ship is in.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz
Other reviews for this track:
- Miles Davis-Gil Evans: My Ship by Maria Schneider (100/100)