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Round About Midnight was the first recording with Davis's new quintet,
composed of Philly Joe Jones on drums, Paul Chambers on bass, Red Garland on
piano, and a young John Coltrane on tenor sax.
In 1955, Miles Davis signed with jazz powerhouse Columbia Records and
immediately began recording 'Round About Midnight. Although he was still under
contract with Prestige Records, an agreement stipulated that he could record
material for Columbia, to be released after the expiration of his contract with
'Round About Midnight was the first recording with Davis's new quintet, composed
of Philly Joe Jones on drums, Paul Chambers on bass, Red Garland on piano, and a
young John Coltrane on tenor sax. Featuring standards like Bye Bye Blackbird and
the title track 'Round Midnight, this record is considered by some to be one of
the pinnacles of the hard bop era.
Historically, few jazz records claim the significance boasted by ‘Round About
Midnight. The album’s creation—and the assembly of Davis’ quintet—stems from the
headliner’s rousing rendition of the title-inspired track, “’Round Midnight,” a
Thelonious Monk standard, at the 1955 Newport Jazz Festival. Stunning the
audience with an interpretation that witnessed him personalize the composition
with a brooding tone made possible via employment of his soon-to-be-trademark
Harmon mute, Davis redefined perspective and possibility, taking ownership of
the ballad as his own, and further improving upon its reach in the studio. It
wasn’t the composer’s only surprise.
'Round About Midnight thrives due to diversity and consistency, a rare
combination epitomized by the first-rate selection and astonishing performance
of pensive ballads, bebop classics, pop standards, and folk pieces. Witness the
counterpoint exchanges during “Ah-Leu-Cha” and its Dixieland shades. Soak up the
progressive drama and swinging tempos on “All of You” and “Bye Bye Blackbird.”
Delight in the mélange of latticed textures and schematic moods throughout the
For a seasoned veteran or a jazz newcomer, this record represents the origins of
post-bop modern jazz and is an absolute necessity for any collection.
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Miles Davis, trumpet
John Coltrane, tenor saxophone
Red Garland, piano
Paul Chambers, bass
Philly Joe Jones, drums
1. 'Round Midnight
3. All Of You
4. Bye Bye Blackbird
5. Tadd's Delight
6. Dear Old Stockholm
7. Two Bass Hit
8. Little Melonae
10. Sweet Sue, Just You