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Miles Davis: All Stars Quintet/Sextet

This is DCC’s “24 Karat Gold Compact Disc” reissue of the timeless Prestige LP 7034. The music came a month after the 1955 Newport Jazz Festival appearance that accelerated the trumpeter’s career, and four months before he formed the quintet with John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones.

Not a landmark Davis recording, it is nonetheless a notably satisfying one. It includes Jackie McLean at a new level of maturity, Milt Jackson and Percy Heath at the time of the Modern Jazz Quartet’s ascendancy, the impeccable drumming of Arthur Taylor and the record debut of Ray Bryant. Davis’ playing is marked by logic, relaxation and a cheerfulness that may have reflected an inkling that he was coming out of a relatively fallow period.

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