Miles Davis Quintet – Cookin’ With the Miles Davis Quintet (Blue Vinyl LP by Craft)


Cookin’ was the first album to be released from the famed 1956 extended recording sessions of the Miles Davis Quintet, wherein they taped the band’s basic repertoire (and what a marvelous mixture of jazz originals and standards) in the manner of nightclub sets rather than the repetition of the usual studio takes. It excited listeners not only with its contents but with its promise of more to come. Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones: one of the classic groups in the history of jazz. It established a level of excellence that was to foster a long, successive line of outstanding Davis quintets and sextets throughout the ’50s and ’60s. From the muted eloquence of “My Funny Valentine,” to the finger poppin’ “Blues by Five,” to the urgent swing of “Airegin” and “Tune-Up,” Cookin’ has the ability to thrills no matter how many times it is played, the mark of an all-time great performance. “That was some great music we made at both those sessions and I’m really proud of it,” Miles reminisced.

Miles Davis, trumpet
John Coltrane, tenor saxophone
Red Garland, piano
Paul Chambers, bass
Philly Joe Jones, drums

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