Miles Davis : The Musings of Miles

Miles Davis : The Musings of Miles


Miles Davis (trumpet), Red Garland (piano), Oscar Pettiford (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums)

Prestige 7007

Analogue Productions Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)

Limited Edition : 2,500 printings

Brand New and Sealed Record

Discontinued : last copy available!...

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A - Will You Still Be Mine?
B1 - I See Your Face Before Me
B2 - I Didn't
C1 - A Gal In Calico
C2 - A Night In Tunisia
D1 - Green Haze
D2 - Yesterdays (bonus track)

Recorded June 7, 1955 by Rudy Van Gelber in Hackensack, New Jersey.

The Musings of Miles is the first 12" LP by Miles Davis, issued by Prestige Records in 1956, following several LPs in the discontinued 10 inch format. Part of the rhythm section of this quartet is the nucleus of the group that later became known as Miles' First Great Quintet. The First Great Quintet would record in the same year. "A Night in Tunisia" features Philly Joe Jones playing with special drum sticks which had bells riveted to the shaft.

The trumpeter is featured on a quartet outing with celebrated bassist Oscar Pettiford (with whom Miles had already recorded for Blue Note in 1952 – these were to be their last recordings together), pianist Red Garland, and drummer Philly Joe Jones (both of whom would also form part of the aforementioned quintet –with John Coltrane on tenor sax and Paul Chambers on bass). The program consisted of four standards, a blues ("Green Haze"), and the original tune "I didn't", which was Miles's humorous answer to Thelonious Monk's "Well, You Needn't". The interpretations are generally lyrical and melodic, and even "A Night in Tunisia" sounds a bit mellow. The only quartet track from the 1952 Davis session with Oscar Pettiford has been added here as a bonus.

This Analogue Productions LP was remastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray at AcousTech, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on virgin vinyl at RTI.