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And The Modern Jazz Giants

And The Modern Jazz Giants by Miles Davis
Released: Apr 2006
Label: Fantasy Records
Prestige Records cobbled this Miles Davis set together from two separate sessions (with different bands), yet it still feels like a cohesive whole. Most tracks are from 1954 and feature Davis with Thelonious Monk on piano. While Miles pushed Monk to the sidelines, Milt Jackson gets equal time to solo on ballads and medium tempo boppers. These cuts contain a surprising amount of good humor and warmth (not qualities that are always associated with Davis). Also here is a 1956 version of Monk's "Round Midnight," with Davis' famous Quintet (with Red Garland on piano and John Coltrane on sax).
Nick Dedina
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