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Miles Davis Quintet The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions 6LP 180g Vinyl Craft Recordings RTI USA

Artist: Miles Davis
Title: Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions
Catalog Number: CR00028
Label: Prestige
Reissued by: Craft Recordings
Barcode: 888072097056
Edition: Deluxe Edition
Original release year: 1955
Reissue year: 2019
Number of discs: 6
Revolutions per minute: 33⅓ rpm
Disc size: 12"
Vinyl Weight Grade: 180gr
Limited Edition: Yes
Total Item Weight: 2530gr
Pressing country: USA
For Market Release in: USA
Added to catalog on: January 12, 2020
Shipping Exception: No Combined Shipping
Note: Never eligible for any further discounts
Vinyl Gourmet Club: No


Unit Price: 169,83 €

Reference: CC330028BX

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Craft Recordings is proud to present a vinyl box set edition of The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions from The Miles Davis Quintet. Celebrating the 70th anniversary of Prestige Records, this deluxe 6 LP set presents the quintet's marathon sessions for the iconic jazz label between 1955-56, which resulted in the classic albums Cookin', Relaxin', Workin', and Steamin', plus a bonus LP and book!



  • Limited Edition
  • 6 LP Deluxe Box Set
  • Audiophile 180 Gram Vinyl
  • Pressed at RTI in the USA
  • 6th LP contains audio recordings from TV and radio performances
  • Housed in 20-page hardcover portfolio with book
  • Extensive liner notes by jazz historian Bob Blumenthal



Craft Recordings is pleased to present a vinyl box set edition of The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions from The Miles Davis Quintet. Celebrating the 70th anniversary of Prestige Records, the deluxe six-LP set presents the quintet's marathon sessions for the iconic jazz label, recorded between 1955-56, which resulted in the classic albums Cookin', Relaxin', Workin', and Steamin'. Plus, the box set offers a bonus LP with audio from radio and TV appearances by the group. Pressed on 180-gram vinyl at RTI, the discs are housed in a collectible 20-page hardcover linen-wrapped portfolio-style book, featuring stunning photographs of Davis and the band, plus in-depth liner notes from esteemed jazz historian Bob Blumenthal.

Miles Davis' First Great Quintet was assembled in 1955 – a pivotal year for the trumpeter and bandleader. Following a triumphant set at the Newport Jazz Festival, Davis was at the top of his game, and enjoying newfound recognition by industry leaders, critics, and fans alike. With a lineup that featured pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers, drummer Philly Joe Jones and a relatively unknown tenor saxophonist named John Coltrane (replacing Sonny Rollins), the unit became the dominant small jazz group of the late '50s and helped define the hard-bop genre. In his liner notes, Blumenthal writes "The Miles Davis Quintet heard here was Davis' means of seizing the moment when his physical health and his musical concepts were on an upswing...This is the band Davis organized when he wanted his recordings to stand for more than snapshots of his momentary interests."

Over the course of a year – from November 1955 to October 1956 – the quintet recorded three exceptionally productive sessions with famed engineer Rudy Van Gelder, simulating nightclub sets at Van Gelder's Hackensack, NJ studio. The resulting 32 tracks – presented in chronological order – would make up five complete and significant albums: the quintet's 1956 debut release, Miles: The New Miles Davis Quintet, Cookin' (1957), Relaxin' (1958), Workin' (1959), and Steamin' (1961). The recording of "'Round Midnight" would represent this ensemble's lone contribution to the album Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants (1959). The majority of these tracks are pop and jazz standards, along with several original compositions from Davis. Highlights include a rendition of Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight," which Davis would adopt as a signature tune, a scorching drum solo from Jones on "Salt Peanuts," Davis' exquisite use of the Harmon mute on the intimate ballads "My Funny Valentine" and "It Never Entered My Mind," Garland's inspiring solo on "If I Were a Bell," and a standout performance from the rhythm section on "Blues by Five."

Blumenthal writes that during this era, "Davis understood the potential of the new, longer 12-inch album format, and used it to create definitive performances in a variety of moods." Adding, "The key was contrast, which began with the juxtaposition of Davis' concision, Coltrane's complexity, and Garland's sparkle; extended to the textural variety the rhythm section provided each soloist; and was capped by the distinctive range of the band's repertoire."

Because much of the Quintet's material was performed outside of the studio – in nightclubs and concert halls – a bonus LP is included, which features eight TV and radio appearances, including live performances at Café Bohemia, the Blue Note in Philadelphia and on Tonight Starring Steve Allen, offering a broader view of the group's exceptional work together.

The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions was originally released as a CD box set in 2006, garnering wide critical acclaim. Jazz Times wrote that, "To sit down with the 32 [tracks], from "Stablemates" to "My Funny Valentine," is to fall in love all over again with irreplaceable music whose magic is utterly manifest yet elusive of description."




Miles Davis - trumpet
John Coltrane - tenor saxophone
Red Garland - piano
Paul Chambers - bass
Philly Joe Jones - drums


Track Listing:

How Am I To Know?
Just Squeeze Me
There Is No Greater Love
The Theme

In Your Own Sweet Way
Trane's Blues
Something I Dreamed Last Night
It Could Happen To You
Woody'n You

LP 3 Side A:
Ahmad's Blues
Surrey With The Fringe On Top
It Never Entered My Mind
When I Fall In Love
Salt Peanuts
The Theme (Take 1)
The Theme (Take 2)

If I Were A Bell
Well, You Needn't
'Round Midnight
Half Nelson
You're My Everything
I Could Write A Book

Tune Up
When Lights Are Low
Blues By Five
My Funny Valentine

Steve Allen Intro (11/17/55 The Tonight Show With Steve Allen)
Max Is Making Wax aka Chance It (11/17/55 The Tonight Show With Steve Allen)
Steve Allen Intro 2 (11/17/55 The Tonight Show With Steve Allen)
It Never Entered My Mind (11/17/55 The Tonight Show With Steve Allen)
Tune Up (12/8/56 The Blue Note, Philadelphia, PA)
Walkin' (12/8/56 The Blue Note, Philadelphia, PA)
Four (5/17/58 Cafe Bohemia, New York NY)
Bye Bye Blackbird (5/17/58 Cafe Bohemia, New York NY)
Walkin' (5/1/58 Cafe Bohemia, New York NY)
Two Bass Hit (5/17/58 Cafe Bohemia, New York NY)


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