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Gil Evans/Miles Davis: The Miles Davis and Gil Evans: Complete Columbia Studio Recordings [2004 Reissue] [Long Box]

Audio Samples

>Springsville
>Maids of Cadiz, The
>Duke, The
>My Ship
>Miles Ahead
>Blues for Pablo
>New Rhumba
>Meaning of the Blues, The
>Lament
>I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You)
>Springsville - (remake take 7)
>Maids of Cadiz, The - (Take 1)
>Duke, The - (Take 11)
>My Ship - (take 1)
>Miles Ahead - (Take 4)
>Blues for Pablo - (take 1)
>New Rhumba - (Take 5)
>Meaning of the Blues, The - (Rehearsal Take)
>Lament - (rehearsal take)
>I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - (take 8)
>[Pause Track]
>Buzzard Song
>Bess, You Is My Woman Now
>Gone
>Gone, Gone, Gone
>Summertime
>Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess?
>Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus)
>Fisherman, Strawberry and Devil Crab
>My Man's Gone Now
>It Ain't Necessarily So
>Here Come de Honey Man
>I Loves You, Porgy
>There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon for New York
>Gone - (Take 3)
>Summertime - (Take 2)
>Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus) - (take 2)
>I Loves You, Porgy - (Take 1, Second Version, take 1, second version)
>There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon for New York - (take 2)
>Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess? - (Take 5)
>Gone - (Take 4)
>[Pause Track]
>Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio)
>Will O' the Wisp
>Pan Piper, The
>Saeta
>Solea
>Song of Our Country - (issued take)
>Saeta - (full version)
>Pan Piper, The - (take 1)
>Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio), Pt. 1 - (alternate take, part one)
>Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio), Pt. 2 - (alternate take, part two)
>Song of Our Country - (Take 14)
>[Pause Track]
>Song No. 2
>Once upon a Summertime
>Aos Pes da Cruz
>Song No. 1
>Wait Till You See Her
>Corcovado
>Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern)
>Nothing Like You
>Devil May Care
>Time of the Barracudas, The
>Falling Water - (take 4)
>Falling Water - (take 6)
>Falling Water - (Take 8)
>Falling Water - (Take 9)
>Springsville - (take 5)
>Maids of Cadiz, The - (take 11)
>Maids of Cadiz, The - (Take 11, Insert 1, take 11, insert 1)
>Lament - (Medley: Take 2)
>Duke, The - (take 1)
>I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - (53225 issued version)
>Springsville - (take Rehearsal Sequence, rehearsal sequence)
>Springsville - (rehearsal with piano)
>Maids of Cadiz, The - (Take 9)
>Maids of Cadiz, The - (Take 10)
>Maids of Cadiz, The - (take Rehearsal Sequence, rehearsal sequence)
>Count off for the Duke - (Take 3)
>Duke, The - (take 8)
>Duke, The - (Piano Take 3)
>My Ship - (take 6)
>Miles Ahead - (take Rehearsal Sequence, rehearsal sequence)
>Miles Ahead - (Take 12)
>Miles Ahead - (take 15)
>Studio Discussion
>My Ship - (take 7)
>Miles Ahead - (take Piano Insert-Mono, mono, piano insert)
>Blues for Pablo - (take Rehearsal Sequence, rehearsal sequence)
>New Rhumba - (Take 2)
>Lament - (take 1)
>I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - (take Rehearsal, rehearsal)
>I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - (Take 5)
>Studio Discussion
>I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - (Piano Take 4)
>[Pause Track]
>Studio Discussion
>Springsville - (take 8 without overdubs)
>Studio Discussion
>Miles Ahead - (Take 11 Without Overdubs)
>I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - (Take 3 Without Overdubs)
>Springsville - (take, overdub take 1)
>Springsville - (take Overdubbed Solos 4-5, overdubbed solos 4-5)
>Springsville - (take Overdubbed Solos 6-9, overdubbed solos 6-9)
>Springsville - (issued overdubbed solo)
>Miles Ahead - (issued overdubbed solo)
>Miles Ahead - (take Overdubbed Solo, overdubbed solo)
>I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - (take Overdubbed Solo 1, overdubbed solo 1)
>I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - (take Overdubbed Solo 2, overdubbed solo 2)
>I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - (take Overdubbed Solo 4, overdubbed solo 4)
>I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - (take Overdubbed Solo 8, overdubbed solo 8)
>I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - (take Overdubbed Solo 19 & 19C, overdubbed solo 19 & 19c)
>Miles Ahead - (mono)
>Gone - (take Rehearsal Sequence, rehearsal sequence)
>Gone, Gone, Gone - (take Rehearsal Sequence, rehearsal sequence)
>Studio Discussion
>Bess, You Is My Woman Now - (Rehearsal Take)
>It Ain't Necessarily So - (Take 1)
>Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess? - (take 3)
>I Loves You, Porgy - (take Rehearsal Sequence, rehearsal sequence)
>There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon for New York - (remake)
>My Man's Gone Now - (Remake Take)
>Song of Our Country - (take 9)
>Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio) - (take Rehearsal, rehearsal)
>Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio) - (alternate take, alternate ending)
>[Pause Track]

Track List

>Springsville
>Maids of Cadiz, The
>Duke, The
>My Ship
>Miles Ahead
>Blues for Pablo
>New Rhumba
>Meaning of the Blues, The
>Lament
>I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You)
>Springsville - (remake take 7)
>Maids of Cadiz, The - (Take 1)
>Duke, The - (Take 11)
>My Ship - (take 1)
>Miles Ahead - (Take 4)
>Blues for Pablo - (take 1)
>New Rhumba - (Take 5)
>Meaning of the Blues, The - (Rehearsal Take)
>Lament - (rehearsal take)
>I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - (take 8)
>[Pause Track]
>Buzzard Song
>Bess, You Is My Woman Now
>Gone
>Gone, Gone, Gone
>Summertime
>Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess?
>Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus)
>Fisherman, Strawberry and Devil Crab
>My Man's Gone Now
>It Ain't Necessarily So
>Here Come de Honey Man
>I Loves You, Porgy
>There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon for New York
>Gone - (Take 3)
>Summertime - (Take 2)
>Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus) - (take 2)
>I Loves You, Porgy - (Take 1, Second Version, take 1, second version)
>There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon for New York - (take 2)
>Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess? - (Take 5)
>Gone - (Take 4)
>[Pause Track]
>Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio)
>Will O' the Wisp
>Pan Piper, The
>Saeta
>Solea
>Song of Our Country - (issued take)
>Saeta - (full version)
>Pan Piper, The - (take 1)
>Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio), Pt. 1 - (alternate take, part one)
>Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio), Pt. 2 - (alternate take, part two)
>Song of Our Country - (Take 14)
>[Pause Track]
>Song No. 2
>Once upon a Summertime
>Aos Pes da Cruz
>Song No. 1
>Wait Till You See Her
>Corcovado
>Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern)
>Nothing Like You
>Devil May Care
>Time of the Barracudas, The
>Falling Water - (take 4)
>Falling Water - (take 6)
>Falling Water - (Take 8)
>Falling Water - (Take 9)
>Springsville - (take 5)
>Maids of Cadiz, The - (take 11)
>Maids of Cadiz, The - (Take 11, Insert 1, take 11, insert 1)
>Lament - (Medley: Take 2)
>Duke, The - (take 1)
>I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - (53225 issued version)
>Springsville - (take Rehearsal Sequence, rehearsal sequence)
>Springsville - (rehearsal with piano)
>Maids of Cadiz, The - (Take 9)
>Maids of Cadiz, The - (Take 10)
>Maids of Cadiz, The - (take Rehearsal Sequence, rehearsal sequence)
>Count off for the Duke - (Take 3)
>Duke, The - (take 8)
>Duke, The - (Piano Take 3)
>My Ship - (take 6)
>Miles Ahead - (take Rehearsal Sequence, rehearsal sequence)
>Miles Ahead - (Take 12)
>Miles Ahead - (take 15)
>Studio Discussion
>My Ship - (take 7)
>Miles Ahead - (take Piano Insert-Mono, mono, piano insert)
>Blues for Pablo - (take Rehearsal Sequence, rehearsal sequence)
>New Rhumba - (Take 2)
>Lament - (take 1)
>I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - (take Rehearsal, rehearsal)
>I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - (Take 5)
>Studio Discussion
>I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - (Piano Take 4)
>[Pause Track]
>Studio Discussion
>Springsville - (take 8 without overdubs)
>Studio Discussion
>Miles Ahead - (Take 11 Without Overdubs)
>I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - (Take 3 Without Overdubs)
>Springsville - (take, overdub take 1)
>Springsville - (take Overdubbed Solos 4-5, overdubbed solos 4-5)
>Springsville - (take Overdubbed Solos 6-9, overdubbed solos 6-9)
>Springsville - (issued overdubbed solo)
>Miles Ahead - (issued overdubbed solo)
>Miles Ahead - (take Overdubbed Solo, overdubbed solo)
>I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - (take Overdubbed Solo 1, overdubbed solo 1)
>I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - (take Overdubbed Solo 2, overdubbed solo 2)
>I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - (take Overdubbed Solo 4, overdubbed solo 4)
>I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - (take Overdubbed Solo 8, overdubbed solo 8)
>I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) - (take Overdubbed Solo 19 & 19C, overdubbed solo 19 & 19c)
>Miles Ahead - (mono)
>Gone - (take Rehearsal Sequence, rehearsal sequence)
>Gone, Gone, Gone - (take Rehearsal Sequence, rehearsal sequence)
>Studio Discussion
>Bess, You Is My Woman Now - (Rehearsal Take)
>It Ain't Necessarily So - (Take 1)
>Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess? - (take 3)
>I Loves You, Porgy - (take Rehearsal Sequence, rehearsal sequence)
>There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon for New York - (remake)
>My Man's Gone Now - (Remake Take)
>Song of Our Country - (take 9)
>Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio) - (take Rehearsal, rehearsal)
>Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio) - (alternate take, alternate ending)
>[Pause Track]

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (12/26/96, pp.195-196) - "...a vital reconstruction of one of the most important artistic relationships in American popular music, let alone jazz....The elegant lyricism and gently emphatic force of Evans' orchestral voicings...inspired some of the trumpeter's most acute and dynamic improvisations..."

Q (12/96, p.152) - 5 Stars (out of 5) - "...makes even buffs jump up and cheer....some of the most memorable sessions ever recorded in jazz, with the bonus that...you get the wonderful, laconic insider-talk of musicians at work as well. Indispensable."

Down Beat (11/96, p.62) - 5 Stars (out of 5) - "There are controversies, there are opinions, there...is room for measured disagreement and criticism. But let us begin by acknowledging the sheer and unequivocal sublimity of this music. If the sounds do not make you melt, consult your physician. You may need open-heart surgery..."

Vibe (12/96, p.166) - "...What made Davis and Evans ideal collaborators has everything to do with shared sensibilities and a mutual objective: forcing intimacy and humility upon two of the most overblown devices in music--the trumpet and the orchestra..."

Musician (12/96, p.88) - "...lovingly re-mastered and annotated, and contains a wealth of alternate takes and rehearsal sketches....a radical recasting of the modern big band....Most fascinating is how the annotators have resurrected the long out-of-print QUIET NIGHTS..."

Record Collector (magazine) (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] magnificent cornucopia of jazz treasures..."

Album Notes

THE COMPLETE COLUMBIA STUDIO RECORDINGS compiles all of Miles Davis' collaborations with composer/arranger Gil Evans. Included are the original and alternate versions of the four albums that Davis and Evans made together--MILES AHEAD, PORGY AND BESS, SKETCHES OF SPAIN and QUIET NIGHTS--as well as various outtakes and unreleased tracks. More than half of the material is previously unreleased.

Personnel includes: Miles Davis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Gil Evans (arranger, conductor); Bob Dorough (vocals, piano); Steve Lacy (soprano saxophone); Lee Konitz, Cannonball Adderley (alto saxophone); Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone); Ernie Royal, Bernie Glow (trumpet); Jimmy Cleveland, J.J. Johnson, Frank Rehak (trombone); Julius Watkins, Gunther Schuller (French horn); Bill Barber (tuba); Romeo Penque (flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, oboe); Hubert Laws (flute); Jack Knitzer (bassoon); Janet Putnam (harp); Wynton Kelly (piano); Herbie Hancock (piano, electric piano); Joe Beck (electric guitar); Paul Chambers, Ron Carter (bass); Arthur Taylor, Philly Joe Jones, Jimmy Cobb, Tony Williams (drums); Willie Bobo (bongos); Elvin Jones (percussion).

Producers: George Avakian, Cal Lampley, Teo Macero, John Hammond, Irving Townsend.

Engineers: Harold Chapman, Fred Plaut, Frank Laico, R.G.

Recorded at 30th Street Studio and Columbia Studios, New York, New York; Columbia Studios, Hollywood, California between 1957 and 1968. Originally released on MILES AHEAD, PORGY AND BESS, SKETCHES OF SPAIN, DIRECTIONS, QUIET NIGHTS, JINGLE BELL JAZZ, SORCERER and THE GIANTS OF JAZZ. Includes liner notes by Quincy Jones, George Avakian, Bill Kirchner, Bob Belden and Phil Schaap; as well as original release liner notes by Andre Hodier, Charles Edward Smith and Nat Hentoff.

THE COMPLETE COLUMBIA STUDIO RECORDINGS won 1997 Grammy Awards for Best Historical Album, Best Album Notes (by George Avakian, Bob Belden, Bill Kirchner and Phil Schaap), and Best Recording Package - Boxed.

All tracks have been digitally remastered.

Personnel: Miles Davis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Miles Davis; Joe Beck (electric guitar); Marjorie Call, Betty Glauman, Gloria Agostini (harp); Lawrence Lucie (mandolin); Romeo Penque (flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, oboe, flugelhorn); Hubert Laws (flute, flugelhorn); Harold Feldman (clarinet, oboe, flugelhorn); Eddie Caine, Phil Bodner, Sid Cooper (clarinet, flugelhorn); Danny Bank (bass clarinet, flugelhorn); Gene Cipriano (oboe, tenor saxophone, flugelhorn); Garvin Bushell (bassoon, contrabassoon); Karl Porter, Fred Dutton , Bob Tricarico (bassoon); Raymond Beckenstein, Jerome Richardson (reeds, flugelhorn); Paul Horn (alto saxophone, flugelhorn); Buddy Collette (tenor saxophone, flugelhorn); Louis Mucci, Harold Baker, Johnny Carisi, Johnny Coles, Taft Jordan (trumpet); Al Block (flugelhorn); Tony Miranda, Joe Singer, Art Maeba, Richard Perissi, Bill Hinshaw, Donald Corrado, Willie Ruff, John Barrows, James Buffington, Earl Chapin, Ray Alonge (French horn); Dick Hixon, J.J. Johnson , Jimmy Cleveland, Joe Bennett & the Sparkletones (trombone); Tommy Mitchell , Dick Leith (bass trombone); Jimmy McAllister, Howard Johnson (tuba); Herbie Hancock (piano, electric piano, Wurlitzer organ); Paul Chambers, Ron Carter (double bass); Art Taylor (drums); Jose Mangual (percussion); Bob Dorough (vocals, piano); Janet Putnam (harp); Jack Knitzer (bassoon); Steve Lacy (soprano saxophone); Lee Konitz, Cannonball Adderley (alto saxophone); Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone); Ernie Royal, Bernie Glow (trumpet); Gunther Schuller , Julius Watkins (French horn); Frank Rehak (trombone); Billy Barber (tuba); Wynton Kelly (piano); Jimmy Cobb , Philly Joe Jones, Tony Williams (drums); Willie Bobo (bongos); Elvin Jones (percussion).

Audio Remasterer: Phil Schaap.

Audio Remixer: Mark Wilder.

Liner Note Authors: George Avakian; Charles Edward Smith; Nat Hentoff; Andre Hodeir; Quincy Jones; Bill Kirchner; Bob Belden.

Recording information: 30th Street Studio, New York, NY (05/06/1957-02/16/1968); 799 Seventh Ave., Studio D, New York, NY (05/06/1957-02/16/1968); Columbia Studio A, New York, NY (05/06/1957-02/16/1968); Columbia Studio B, New York, NY (05/06/1957-02/16/1968); Columbia Studios, Hollywood, CA (05/06/1957-02/16/1968).

Author: Bill Mathieu.

Editors: Mark Wilder; Phil Schaap.

Photographers: Don Hunstein; Dennis Stock; Vernon Smith.

Arranger: Gil Evans.

In the early 1960s, two giants of jazz went into the studios to collaborate on some of the most haunting, beautiful music ever. Miles was, by this time, a jazz star, a great trumpet player, composer and bandleader (his bands would be "finishing schools" for future titans: John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Dave Holland). Gil Evans was a subtly superb composer and arranger, who wrote for the big band of Claude Thornhill and singers Johnny Mathis and Helen Merrill, as well as the small groups of Gerry Mulligan and Teddy Charles, and would go on to leading his own edgy, modern big band (he even recorded an album of Jimi Hendrix songs!).

This six-CD set, comprises, alternate takes & all, the Davis/Evans albums MILES AHEAD, PORGY AND BESS, SKETCHES OF SPAIN, QUIET NIGHTS, and PLUS 19. This is some of Miles' most gorgeous playing in intricate, thoughtful, lush and majestic orchestral settings, with more that a few subtle classical shadings. Save your pennies and dimes for this elaborately annotated (it has CD-sized "miniatures" of original album covers!) box, a treasure for fans of Miles, Evans, orchestral jazz and heartfelt instrumental music.



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