Miles Davis drew raves for his transcendent trumpet solo on Thelonious Monk’s “’Round Midnight” at the 1955 Newport Jazz Festival, leading to a long and fruitful relationship with Columbia Records. All 52 albums that the iconic, ever-evolving artist recorded during the following thirty years have now been collected in one 70- CD box set (available exclusively through Amazon.com).
The straight-ahead years are represented by “’Round Midnight” and “On Green Dolphin Street,” as well as Miles’ sublime orchestral collaborations with Gil Evans. From the early modal experiments of Kind of Blue to the harmonically adventurous E.S.P. and Nefertiti to the seminal fusion on such landmarks as Filles De Kilimanjaro and Bitches Brew to such tumultuous proto-punk as “Right Off” (from A Tribute to Jack Johnson) and “Black Satin” (from On The Corner) we see Miles restlessly experimenting. The later period of his tenure with Columbia yielded the early 80s anthem “Jean Pierre” (from the live We Want Miles) and his lyrical take on the Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” (from You’re Under Arrest).
Also included are Miles’ historic 1970 Isle Of Wight concert, previously unreleased tracks from the 1949 Paris Jazz Festival and from three Columbia albums, and a DVD of Miles’ 1967 quintet performing live in Europe. For aficionados, it’s an overwhelming treasure trove of sound.