Miles Davis : Seven Steps to Heaven

Miles Davis : Seven Steps to Heaven


Miles Davis (trumpet), George Coleman (tenor sax), Herbie Hancock, Victor Feldman (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Frank Butler, Tony Williams (drums)

Columbia 2051

Analogue Productions : LP 200 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A - Basin Street Blues
B1 - Seven Steps To Heaven
B2 - I Fall In Love Too Easily
C - So Near, So Far
D1 - Baby Won't You Please Come Home
D2 - Joshua

Recorded April 16-17, 1963 (A, B2, D1) at Columbia Studios in Hollywood with Victor Feldman (piano) and Frank Butler (drums), and May 14, 1963 (B1, D1, D3) at Columbia 30th Street in New York City with Herbie Hancock (piano) and Tony Williams (drums).

Seven Steps to Heaven is the eighth studio album by Miles Davis; it presents the Miles Davis Quintet in transition : after the unfinished sessions for Quiet Nights in 1962, Davis returned to club work. However, he had a series of health problems in 1962, which made his live dates inconsistent and meant that he missed gigs, with financial repercussions.Faced with diminishing returns, by late 1962 his entire band quit, Hank Mobley to a solo career, and the rhythm section of Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb to work as a unit. The departure of Chambers especially was a blow, as he had been the only man still left from the original formation of the quintet in 1955.

With club dates to fulfill, Davis hired several musicians : Frank Strozier on alto saxophone and Harold Mabern on piano, with George Coleman and Ron Carter arriving early in the year. For shows on the West Coast in March, Davis added drummer Frank Butler, but when it came time for the sessions, Davis jettisoned Strozier and Mabern in favor of pianist Victor Feldman. With a lucrative career as a session musician, Feldman declined Davis' offer to join the group, and both he and Butler were left behind in California. Back in New York, Davis located the musicians who would be with him for the next six years, Herbie Hancock and Tony Williams; with Carter and Coleman, the new Miles Davis Quintet was in place. Williams, then only 17 years old, had been working with Jackie McLean, and Hancock had already scored a hit single with "Watermelon Man", recorded by percussionist Mongo Santamaria.

This Analogue Productions LP was remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on 200-gram virgin vinyl at Quality Record Pressings.