Cookin' With the Miles Davis Quintet

Release date
14 Feb 2012
Running length
4 tracks
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1 Miles Davis Quinet - My Funny Valentine 6:02 10
2 Miles Davis Quintet - Blues By Five 9:56 15,692
3 Miles Davis Quintet - Airegin 4:58 20,064
4 Miles Davis Quintet - Tune Up (When Lights Are Low) 13:09 16

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Cookin’ is the first of four albums derived from the Miles Davis quintet’s fabled extended recording session on October 26, 1956; the concept being that the band would document their vast, live-performance catalog in a studio environment, rather than preparing all new tracks for their upcoming long-player. The bounty of material in the band’s live sets — as well as the overwhelming conviction in the quintet’s studio sides — would produce the lion’s share of the Cookin’, Relaxin’, Workin’, and Steamin’ albums. As these recordings demonstrate, there is an undeniable telepathic cohesion that allows this band — consisting of Miles Davis (trumpet), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Red Garland (piano), and Philly Joe Jones (drums) — to work so efficiently both on the stage as well as in the studio. This same unifying force is also undoubtedly responsible for the extrasensory dimensions scattered throughout these recordings. The immediate yet somewhat understated ability of each musician to react with the ingenuity and precision is expressed in the consistency and singularity of each solo as it is maintained from one musician to the next without the slightest deviation. “Blues by Five” reveals the exceptional symmetry between Davis and Coltrane that allows them to complete each other’s thoughts musically. Cookin’ features the pairing of “Tune Up/When Lights Are Low” which is, without a doubt, a highlight not only of this mammoth session, but also the entire tenure of Miles Davis mid-’50s quintet. All the elements converge upon this fundamentally swinging medley.

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  • OcellatedGod

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  • WilliamStonier

    the drums just make this

    30 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Big_Baby_Jesus

    Who's the i-dot who added the wrong cover for this album? Take them out back behind the barn a flog them severely with a handfull of wet noodles!

    9 Oct 2008 Reply
  • oldmancallaghan

    as the picture shows, this is not the cookin' album cover. that's fucking dumb. the real album is a black & white drawing of hands playing a trumpet. find it the real art.

    27 Jul 2008 Reply

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