Miles Davis 1951-1959: The Essential Works 2LP

Miles Davis

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Essential Works On Double LP!
Hand-Numbered, Limited To 800 Copies!

He was no doubt the most prolific, the most revolutionary and the most individual musician in jazz. He was the figure behind at least three jazz revolutions: in 1949/1950 he recorded The Birth of the Cool, a turning-point in jazz history that introduced the new jazz played in downtown clubs, just when ballroom jazz went into decline; in 1959 Miles recorded Kind of Blue, the music's genuine entrance into the modern world, and it became the best-selling jazz album for decades to come, because it sounded avant-garde at the time and still sounds like contemporary jazz today; and then in 1969 he recorded Bitches Brew, a synthesis of music that was rock, funk and jazz all at once, and which has often been named fusion, because Miles was the first to succeed in synthesizing all forms of music as a work of art that was masterly and essential. It remains one of the ten masterpieces of the 20th century.

The Essential Works of Miles Davis brings to light the path that led from The Birth of the Cool to Kind of Blue, in other words, a decade of modernity whose advancement can be followed on every one of these four sides.


  • Hand-Numbered, Limited Edition - 800 Copies
  • Double LP


Miles Davis trumpet (all except C1), flugelhorn (C1)
Bennie Green trombone (A1)
Sonny Rollins tenor saxophone (A1)
John Lewis piano (A1)
Percy Heath bass (A1-A4, B3, C2)
Roy Haynes drums (A1)
Horace Silver piano (A2, A3, C2)
Art Blakey drums (A2)
Dave Schildkraut alto saxophone (A3)
Kenny Clarke drums (A3, A4, B3, C3)
Milt Jackson vibes (A4, B3)
Thelonious Monk piano (A4, B3)
John Coltrane tenor saxophone (B1-B2, D1-D2)
Red Garland piano (B1, B2)
Paul Chambers bass (B1-B2, C1, D1-D2)
Philly Joe Jones drums (B1, B2)
Ernie Royal trumpet (C1)
Bernie Glow trumpet (C1)
Johnny Coles trumpet (C1)
Louis Mucci trumpet (C1)
Dick Hixon trombone (C1)
Frank Rehak trombone (C1)
Jimmy Cleveland trombone (C1)
Joe Bennett trombone (C1)
Willie Ruff cornet (C1)
Julius Watkins cornet (C1)
Gunther Schuller cornet (C1)
Bill Barber tuba (C1)
Jerome Richardson flute, clarinet (C1)
Romeo Penque flute, clarinet (C1)
Danny Bank flute, clarinet (C1)
Cannonball Adderley alto saxophone (C1, D1-D2)
Jimmy Cobb drums (C1, D1-D2)
Jay Jay Johnson trombone (C2)
Lucky Thompson tenor saxophone (C2)
Barney Wilen tenor saxophone (C3)
Rene Urtreger piano (C3)
Pierre Michelot bass (C3)
Bill Evans piano (D1-D2)


Side A:

  1. Whispering (January 17, 1951)
  2. Four (March 15, 1954)
  3. Solar (April 3, 1954)
  4. Bags' Groove (December 24, 1954, Miles Davis All Stars)

Side B:

  1. 'Round Midnight (September 10, 1956, Miles Davis Quintet)
  2. Bye Bye Blackbird (June 5, 1956, Miles Davis Quintet)
  3. Bemsha Swing (December 24, 1954, Miles Davis All Stars)

Side C:

  1. Summertime (August 4, 1958)
  2. Walking (April 29, 1954)
  3. Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (December 4, 1957)

Side D:

  1. So What (March 2, 1959)
  2. All Blues (April 22, 1959)

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