Revelatory Live Recording! Featuring Dynamic Bandmembers Davis, Adderley, Coltrane, Evans, Chambers & Cobb!
Less than a year after this live recording from the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, these same six men would make jazz history with the cool modal classic, Kind Of Blue - perhaps the best and most famous jazz album of all-time. On that hot summer night, though, this band was far from cool as they absolutely smoked through Charlie Parker's "Ah-Leu-Cha" at breakneck speed to open the show. For the remainder of the set, the group barely lets up, making for a steam hot set with blistering solos and top-notch playing from all involved. Reissued here with superb sound quality on LP by Doxy.
"This is a revelatory performance for fans of Evans. When Cobb kicks off into Charlie Parker's 'Au-Leu-Cha,' the tempo is breakneck. Davis' solo is all fire, pure heat, and inspiration. The melody goes by in a blink, and Cobb and Chambers carry the dictum to go faster as Davis gives way first to Coltrane, already moving his angular lines to the harmonic breaking point and doing them not in scales but in modes, fast and footloose. He's down in the groove before giving it to Cannonball Adderley to show off his bebop chops -- which he possesses in spades. He's out of the Bird book to be sure, but his tone is stunning and he's loose, free as a bird as he leaps from one idea to the next before the melody shifts the tune back to Earth for only a second... It's obvious Davis was pulling out all the stops for this audience, bringing down the house, and perhaps realizing himself just what this band was capable of musically." - Thom Jurek, allmusic.com, Rated 4/5 Stars
• Vinyl LP
Miles Davis, trumpet
Cannonball Adderley, alto saxophone
John Coltrane, tenor saxophone
Bill Evans, piano
Paul Chambers, bass
Jimmy Cobb, drums
1. Introduction By Willis Connover
3. Straight, No Chaser
2. Two Bass Hit
3. Bye Bye Blackbird
4. The Theme