Miles Davis: 1958 Miles

Miles Davis: 1958 Miles
1958 Miles

George Russell, the godfather of modal jazz, presented Bill Evans to Miles Davis when
he was looking for a new pianist. The newcomer introduced the trumpeter to the classical
music that had been inspired by early 20th century modal theory. At the same time,
Miles replaced Philly Joe Jones with Jimmy Cobb. While the latter perpetuated the
rhythmic strength of his predecessor, what Miles appreciated about Bill Evans was the
delicacy of his playing, unique in jazz, and the way he suggested the tempo. When Miles
took his new sextet into the studio, he chose a repertoire of standards mainly comprised
of muted tones, ballads and medium tempos and, at least in the introductions, the
softness of brushes. Only “On Green Dolphin Street,” “Fran-Dance” (in tribute to Miles’
future wife, the dancer Frances Taylor) and “Stella By Starlight” were released at the
time, on Jazz Track, along with the music for Lift To The Scaffold. In 1974, under the
title 1958 Miles they were combined with “Love For Sale,” which revealed a much less
introverted Bill Evans.

Original issue: CBS/Sony
LP (J) 20AP 1401 in Japan in 1974.
Tracks 1-3 originally issued on
Jazz Track (CL 1268) on October 19, 1959
Producer: Cal Lampley
Engineer: Harold Chapman
May 26, 1958
Miles Davis (tpt);
Cannonball Adderley (as);
John Coltrane (ts); Bill Evans (p);
Paul Chambers (b); Jimmy Cobb (d)
Columbia 30th Street Studio, NYC
Note: Over the years this title has always included a
version of Jackie McLean's "Little Melonae," which was
strangely enough recorded in 1955, not 1958 (and to
make matters even more confusing there is another very
obscure version of "Little Melonae" that was recorded in
1958, but not issued until 2000 in the 6-CD box set Miles
Davis & John Coltrane: The Complete Columbia
Recordings 1955-1961 (Columbia/Legacy 65833). Since
the 1955 "Little Melonae" appears as a bonus track on
CD-02 'Round About Midnight we have omitted it from
this CD. At the same time we have added the alternate
take of "Fran-Dance" from the May 26, 1958 session.

1 On Green Dolphin Street
2 Fran-Dance
3 Stella By Starlight
3 Stella By Starlight
4 Love For Sale
5 Little Melonae


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