Label: Analogue Productions – APRJ 7094 – 200 Gram Virgin Vinyl – AAA 100% Analogue
Mono – Prestige 7094 -Mastered by Kevin Gray at Acoustech Mastering
Limited Edition – Pressed at QRP Quality Record Pressings
This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only, from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
Cookin’ With the Miles Davis Quintet is the first classic album of four total that emerged from two marathon and fruitful sessions recorded in 1956 (the other three discs released in Cookin’s wake were Workin’, Relaxin’ and Steamin’). All the albums were recorded live in the studio, as Davis sought to capture, with Rudy Van Gelder’s expert engineering, the sense of a club show á la the Café Bohemia in New York, with his new quintet, featuring tenor saxophonist John Coltrane. In Miles’s own words, he says he called this album Cookin’ because “that’s what we did-came in and cooked.” What’s particularly significant about this Davis album is his first recording of what became a classic tune for him: “My Funny Valentine.” Hot playing is also reserved for the uptempo number “Tune Up,” which revs with the zoom of both the leader and ’Trane.
From the muted eloquence of “My Funny Valentine”, through the finger-poppin’ “Blues By Five”, to the urgent swing of “Airegin” and “Tune Up”, Cookin’ has the ability to thrill the listener no matter how many times it is played-the mark of an all-time great performance.
he famed extended recording sessions of the Miles Davis Quintet, wherein they taped the band’s basic repertoire (and what a marvelous mixture of jazz originals and standards) in the manner of nightclub sets rather than the repetition of the usual studio takes. Cookin’ was the first to be released and it excited listeners not only with its contents but with its promise of more to come. Davis, Coltrane, Garland, Chambers, and Philly Joe: one of the classic groups in the history of jazz. It established a level of excellence that was to foster a long, successive line of outstanding Davis quintets and sextets through the Fifties and Sixties. From the muted eloquence of “My Funny Valentine,” through the finger-poppin’ “Blues by Five,” to the urgent swing of “Airegin” and “Tune-Up,” Cookin’ has the ability to thrill the listener no matter how many times it is played–the mark of an all-time great performance.
Recorded in 1956.
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