Audio Beat Rated 4/5 Music, 4/5 Sound!
Exclusively Remastered 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Pressing!
After John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderly left the 'quintet', Miles Davis was forced to search for new qualified musicians. He found them in Hank Mobley, Wynton Kelly, Jimmy Cobb and Paul Chambers. In 1961, just two years after recording Kind Of Blue, Miles and his new line up started recording energetically and finished Someday My Prince Will Come after only three days.
Still mourning the departure of John Coltrane, who had left him in the spring of 1960, Miles Davis tried to imagine what other saxophonist could make him forget the fire of Trane’s music. He thought of Wayne Shorter, but Art Blakey had just hired him for his group, the Jazz Messengers. It was with former Jazz Messenger Hank Mobley that on March 7, 1961, he attempted to recapture the miracle of “Blue In Green” on “Drad-Dog.” But he quickly returned to the hard bop tradition on “Pfrancing,” a play on the words dancing, frantic and prancing, in tribute to his by then wife Frances Taylor, who appeared on the cover. During the next session, while Miles was about to wrap up “Someday My Prince Will Come,” John Coltrane suddenly appeared in the studio between two sets at the Apollo Theater where he was performing. In two choruses, Coltrane conveyed the quintessence of his art. The next day he returned bringing, for the last time, the intensity of his flame to the music of Miles, who in “Teo,” took advantage of his presence to extend the modal explorations of “Flamenco Sketches” even further. Note: "Drad-Dog," track 4, is Goddard spelled backwards. It is Miles' tribute to Goddard Lieberson, the highly regarded and very supportive President of Columbia Records at the time of this recording.
This album is a cross-over from Kind Of Blue, which is known for the typical Miles Davis tunes, to traditional pop-standards such as the eponymous title track from "Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs".
"Some Day My Prince Will Come is a recording that can be recommended solely on its intrinsic merits, not the least of which is the uniformly excellent playing of the trumpet player. For this reason, along with the consistently high level of the other individual performances as well as the unmistakable guiding if not shaping influence of the strong-willed, focused and visionary leader over virtually every measure of the music, it's a session that continues to acquire a strong following, having the potential, even, of pulling within striking distance of Kind of Blue." - Samuel Chell, All About Jazz
"[A] languid, loping session that would go well with a fine California cabernet. Two guest appearances by John Coltrane make this session all the more essential... As expected, the rhythm section provides perfect, confident support throughout... [T]he sound here is luscious, clean... has a tantalizing analog 'glow.' Miles is in the room with you, just right of center, his muted trumpet seemingly only inches away from the microphone. The ensemble is spread out realistically and palpably. Nothing sounds forced on this recording, and its transparency allows details such as the creaking of a stool and the sound of moist reeds to present themselves... The pressing is dead quiet, perfectly flat and reassuringly thick. The jacket is a beautiful reproduction of the original with a puckish Frances Davis, Miles' first wife, adorning the cover... Fifty-two years ago producer Teo Macero and engineers Fred Plaut and Frank Laico got it right on 30th Street, and this re-release lets today’s listeners enjoy the fruits of that labor." - Guy Lemcoe, theaudiobeat.com, Music 4/5, Sound 4/5
• 180 Gram Vinyl
• Re-Mastered Audio
Miles Davis, trumpet
Hank Mobley, tenor sax
Paul Chambers, bass
Philly Joe Jones, drums
Jimmy Cobb, drums
Wynton Kelly, piano
John Coltrane, guest artist, tenor sax
1. Someday My Prince Will Come
2. Old Folks
3. I Thought About You