Miles Davis: 'Round About Midnight

Miles Davis: 'Round About Midnight
'Round About Midnight

It was with his interpretation of “’Round Midnight” in the presence of its composer
Thelonious Monk at the1955 Newport Jazz Festival that Miles Davis convinced George
Avakian to include him in the Columbia catalogue. Coming out of a long depression,
Miles went from working with small independent record companies to a very large
firm. Unlike the recordings that he still did for Rudy Van Gelder’s studio to fulfill his
previous contract with Prestige, the production of his first sessions in the Columbia
studio was very well planned. Many takes were required in order to select and edit the
best solos among them, and the arranger Gil Evans brought a discrete touch to this
new version of “’Round Midnight.” But, above all, Miles was now the head of a regular
quintet whose rhythm section brought him the kind of elegant dynamism that he had
envied in Ahmad Jamal’s trio, and whose saxophonist would set his music afire for
almost five years running, and contrast with his own gifts as a crooner.
Original issue: Columbia LP CL 949
on March 4, 1957
Producer: George Avakian
Engineer: Frank Laico
October 26, 1955 (a)
Miles Davis (tpt); John Coltrane (ts);
Red Garland (p); Paul Chambers (b);
Philly Joe Jones (d)
Columbia Studio D, NYC
June 5, 1956 (b)
Same personnel as October 26
Columbia 30th Street Studio, NYC
September 10, 1956 (c)
Same personnel as October 26
Columbia 30th Street Studio, NYC

Play Track 1 'Round Midnight [c]
Play Track 2 Ah-Leu-Cha [a]
Play Track 3 All Of You [c]
Play Track 4 Bye Bye Blackbird [b]
Play Track 5 Tadd's Delight [b]
Play Track 6 Dead Old Stockholm [b]
Play Track 7 Two Bass Hit [a]
Play Track 8 Little Melonae* [a]
Play Track 9 Budo [a]
Play Track 10 Sweet Sue, Just You* [c]


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