Miles Davis: Jazz At The Plaza

Miles Davis: Jazz At The Plaza
Jazz At The Plaza

On September 9, 1958, Miles Davis shared the stage with Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday,
and Jimmy Rushing during an evening sponsored by Columbia Records at the Plaza
Hotel in Manhattan. After its performance at the Newport Festival, the sextet had
re-established the balance among its forceful personalities. John Coltrane clearly
represented the future direction of jazz. However, unlike in the studio versions,
Cannonball here countered with continuous streaks of immense force on the accentuated
rhythms, energizing the heat driving the sextet. Bill Evans added a vigor that reflected
the influence of Bud Powell and Lennie Tristano rather than his usual impressionist
sources. Paul Chambers on the double bass was the force behind their new version
of “My Funny Valentine,” half way between the 1956 version for Prestige and the
one performed at Philharmonic Hall in 1964. The arrangement of “Oleo” had become
more fluent since the 1954 and 1956 recordings and particularly emphasized the rhythmic
feints that Jimmy Cobb, following in the style of Philly Jones, favored.

Original issue: Columbia LP C 32470
on September 28, 1973
Producers: Teo Macero, Irving Townsend
Engineer: George Kneurr
Miles Davis (tpt); Cannonball Adderley (as);
John Coltrane (ts); Bill Evans (p);
Paul Chambers (b); Jimmy Cobb (d)
Recorded live at the Persian Room,
Plaza Hotel, NYC, September 9, 1958

1 If I Were A Bell
2 Oleo
3 My Funny Valentine
4 Straight, No Chaser


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