Miles Davis: My Ship


My Ship


Miles Davis Orchestra under the direction of Gil Evans


Miles Ahead (Miles Davis + 19) (Sony Columbia/Legacy CK 40784)

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Miles Davis (flugelhorn), Gil Evans (arranger),

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

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