Miles Davis – Blue Miles {Columbia}


Review Review from cduniverse.com

With an artist as prolific and constantly evolving as Miles Davis, it would be futile to attempt a single CD compilation of his work without first selecting a theme to narrow things down. For BLUE MILES Columbia/Legacy has chosen a smart if unsurprising category: Miles playing tunes which, while not necessarily following the blues form per se, all evoke a kind of restless, after-hours, melancholy mood.
In drawing material from the years 1956-1967, this collection also provides a de facto cross section of Miles’ ensembles from perhaps the most fertile decade of his incredibly productive career. “Round Midnight” features the ’50s quintet that included Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones. “Blues for Pablo” and “The Pan Piper” are collaborations with Gil Evans, and “Blue in Green” comes from the groundbreaking KIND OF BLUE album. “Drad Dog,” with Hank Mobley on tenor and Wynton Kelly on piano, and “Basin St. Blues,” with George Coleman on tenor, are from the early ’60s, while “Circle” and “Sweet Pea” bring things up to the second classic quintet era.

Tracks:
01 – ‘Round Midnight
02 – Blues for Pablo
03 – Blue in Green
04 – The Pan Piper
05 – Drad Dog
06 – Basin Street Blues
07 – Circle
08 – Sweet Pea

Personnel:
Miles Davis – trumpet, with John Coltrane, Philly Joe Jones, Wayne Shorter,
Herbie Hancock and Tony Williams.

Recorded between 1956 to 1967, compilation CD.

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork

Herbie Hancock – Maiden Voyage {Blue Note} “Analogue Productions”


Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine (allmusic.com)

Less overtly adventurous than its predecessor, Empyrean Isles, Maiden Voyage nevertheless finds Herbie Hancock at a creative peak. In fact, it’s arguably his finest record of the ’60s, reaching a perfect balance between accessible, lyrical jazz and chance-taking hard bop. By this point, the pianist had been with Miles Davis for two years, and it’s clear that Miles’ subdued yet challenging modal experiments had been fully integrated by Hancock. Not only that, but through Davis, Hancock became part of the exceptional rhythm section of bassist Ron Carter and drummer Tony Williams, who are both featured on Maiden Voyage, along with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and tenor saxophonist George Coleman. The quintet plays a selection of five Hancock originals, many of which are simply superb showcases for the group’s provocative, unpredictable solos, tonal textures, and harmonies. While the quintet takes risks, the music is lovely and accessible, thanks to Hancock’s understated, melodic compositions and the tasteful group interplay. All of the elements blend together to make Maiden Voyage a shimmering, beautiful album that captures Hancock at his finest as a leader, soloist, and composer.

Tracks:
01 – Maiden Voyage
02 – The Eye of the Hurricane
03 – Little One
04 – Survival of the Fittest
05 – Dolphin Dance

Personnel:
Freddie Hubbard – trumpet
George Coleman – tenor sax
Herbie Hancock – piano
Ron Carter – bass
Anthony Williams – drums

Originally released in 1965 on Blue Note as BST-84195.

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork