Columbia/Legacy will reissue the mono versions of nine of Miles Davis’ earliest albums on Columbia Records on Nov. 12. The albums encompass music that Davis recorded for the label in monaural sound from 1956 to 1961 (and released from 1957 to 1964), and will be issued together on CD for the first time as Miles Davis: The Original Mono Recordings. The CDs in the box set will be housed in mini-LP replica jackets.
The Original Mono Recordings includes the six albums that feature Miles’ “first great quintet” at Columbia, including John Coltrane, ‘Round About Midnight, Milestones, Jazz Track, Kind of Blue (the greatest-selling jazz album of all time), Someday My Prince Will Come and Miles and Monk at Newport. The other three albums placed Miles (and various group members) in orchestral settings and were arranged and conducted by Gil Evans: Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain.
Two of the albums are rare editions that have never appeared in any Miles Davis CD collection in the U.S., and have not been generally available for many years: Jazz Track, presenting 10 improvised tracks that Miles recorded in Paris with European musicians in 1957, for director Louis Malle’s film Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (Elevator To the Gallows), combined with three tracks by Miles’ own sextet in New York-featuring Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb-from their only other studio recordings of 1958, prior to the Kind of Blue sessions in ’59; and Miles and Monk at Newport, featuring four tunes recorded live by the Miles Davis Sextet at the jazz festival in 1958, followed by two recorded at the festival in 1963 by Columbia’s newly-signed Thelonious Monk Quartet.