Miles Davis: Miles Ahead

Miles Davis: Miles Ahead
Miles Ahead

George Avakian wanted to expose Miles Davis to a wider audience by having him lead a
significantly larger group of musicians. He got the idea from Third Stream, a “third”
current that combined the rhythmic strength of jazz and the refinement of classical
music. This opportunity gave Miles the chance to reconnect with Gil Evans. At the center
of the big band assembled by the arranger was the brass section, which was completed
by two French horns, a tuba, and various woodwind instruments (alto sax, clarinets,
flutes, and an oboe). Miles opted for the mellow sonority of the flugelhorn, as though
this choice would enable him to find his own place among the shimmering orchestral
effects. It was no surprise that the piano was missing: here, the orchestra had taken its
place, specifically finding its inspiration in the style of the pianist Ahmad Jamal, whose
version of “New Rhumba” they borrowed. The importance of Spain was also apparent,
in “The Maids Of Cadiz” and, above all, in the grand “Blues For Pablo,” inspired by
Manuel de Falla’s “Le Tricorne.” Once they were recorded, the pieces were linked
together through skillful orchestral transitions creating a long symphonic suite.

Original issue: Columbia LP CL 1041 on October 21, 1957
Producer: George Avakian, assisted by Cal Lampley
Engineer: Harold Chapman
May 6, 1957 (a)
Miles Davis (flh); Ernie Royal (tpt); Bernie Glow (tpt); Louis Mucci (tpt);
Taft Jordan (tpt); Johnny Carisi (tpt); Frank Rehak (tb); Jimmy Cleveland (tb);
Joe Bennett (tb); Tom Mitchell (tb); Willie Ruff (frh); Tony Miranda (frh); Bill Barber (tuba);
Romeo Penque (fl, cl, bcl, oboe); Sid Cooper (fl, cl); Lee Konitz (as);
Danny Bank (bcl); Paul Chambers (b); Arthur Taylor (d); Gil Evans (arr, cond)
May 10, 1957 (b)
Same personnel as May 6
May 23, 1957 (c)
Same personnel as May 6,
except Jimmy Buffington (frh) replaces Tony Miranda
May 27, 1957 (d)
Same personnel as May 6, except Eddie Caine (cl, fl)
replaces Sid Cooper; add Wynton Kelly (p)
August 22, 1957
Miles Davis, only; overdub session.
All tracks recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio, NYC

Play Track 1 Springsville [c]
Play Track 2 The Maids Of Cadiz [a]
Play Track 3 The Duke [a]
4 My Ship [b]
Play Track 5 Miles Ahead [b]
Play Track 6 Blues For Pablo [c]
Play Track 7 New Rhumba [c]
Play Track 8 The Meaning Of The Blues [d]
Play Track 9 Lament [d]
Play Track 10 I Don't Wanna Be Kissed ( By Anyone But You) [d]
Play Track 11 Springsville [c]
Play Track 12 Blues For Pablo [c]
Play Track 13 Medley: The Meaning Of The Blues/Lament [d]
Play Track 14 I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) [d]


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