Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Miles Davis - Chronicle : The Complete Prestige Recordings (1951-1956)

The expanse of Miles Davis's recordings for Prestige Records, the California analogue to New York's Blue Note, is huge. In terms of artistic development, the eight CDs in this box span Davis's development from tentative searching through the full bloom of his first great quintet, whose frontline boasted Davis and a young John Coltrane. The sessions captured on Chronicle begin in 1951, with Davis's grainy debut for the label in a sextet with Sonny Rollins, and continue with the fascinating Lee Konitz-led quintet that Davis was eminently adaptable to, even with the kind of angular sounds Konitz's band drummed up. Listing the remaining sessions would be an exercise in boasting, given the presence of so many virtuoso bop and postbop giants. Given that Davis may well have piqued Prestige founder Bob Weinstock's interest through his playing with Charlie Parker, Bird shows up on a 1953 date, doubling tenor saxes with Rollins. Some have remarked that the pre-1954 Davis dates don't show nearly the smarts of the 1954 and after works, but for all that huff, there's some deep stuff in the early sessions, from the twined tenor saxes of Al Cohn and Zoot Sims to Davis's own uneasily fragile tone that hadn't taken on the full heft of its later precision. Then there are the quintet recordings, which carve out a secure spot for Davis in the annals of ultracreative jazz. Recorded in three marathon 1956 sessions, the quintet works came out on several LPs, all of which remain in print today in their exact form. The group sculpts a liquid groove that's got sharp teeth, what with Philly Joe Jones's crackling drums, and immeasurable tonic depth. Davis stays active in the midregister, blasting off lines that do indeed sound slow and methodical but also emit unmistakable impressionistic qualities that would wow fans for decades. Coltrane, himself still in a developing phase, drops lots of hints that knew bebop's architectonics so thoroughly as to be on the brink of deconstructing them definitively (which he later did on Giant Steps). Given the full trajectory of the music and the artists on these sessions, this is a majestic collection.
Andrew Bartlett

Source :

Miles Davis
The Complete Prestige Recordings


Cd. 1

1 Morpheus (Lewis)  2:20
2 Down (Davis)  2:52
3 The Blue Room [Take 1] (Rodgers, Hart)  2:50
4 The Blue Room [Take 2] (Rodgers, Hart)  3:00
5 Whispering (Schonburger, Coburn Rose)  3:02
6 I Know (Davis)  2:31
7 Odjenar (Russell)  2:50
8 Ezz-Thetic (Russell)  2:51
9 Hi Beck (Konitz)  3:04
10 Yesterdays (Harbach, Kern)  2:24
11 Conception (Shearing)  4:01
12 Out of the Blue (Davis)  6:16
13 Denial (Davis)  5:37
14 Bluing (Davis)  9:55
15 Dig (Davis)  7:30
16 My Old Flame (Johnston, Coslow)  6:34
17 It's Only a Paper Moon (Rose, Harburg, Arlen)  5:26


Cd. 2

1 Compulsion (Davis)  5:44
2 The Serpent's Tooth [Take 1] (Davis)  7:00
3 The Serpent's Tooth [Take 2] (Davis)  6:16
4 'Round About Midnight (Monk, Williams, Hannighen)  7:05
5 Tasty Pudding (Cohn)  3:20
6 Willie the Wailer (Cohn)  4:25
7 Floppy (Cohn)  5:58
8 For Adults Only (Cohn)  5:32
9 When Lights Are Low (Carter, Williams)  3:25
10 Tune-Up (Davis)  3:52
11 Miles Ahead (Davis)  4:25
12 Smooch (Davis, Mingus)  3:02
13 Four (Davis)  4:00
14 Old Devil Moon (Harburg, Lane)  3:22
15 Blue Haze (Davis)  6:05


Cd. 3

1 Solar (Davis)  4:42
2 You Don't Know What Love Is (Raye, DePaul)  4:21
3 Love Me or Leave Me (Donaldson, Kahn)  6:55
4 I'll Remember April (Raye, DePaul, Johnston)  7:51
5 Blue 'N' Boogie (Gillespie, Paparelli)  8:16
6 Walkin' (Carpenter)  13:25
7 Airegin (Rollins)  4:55
8 Oleo (Rollins)  5:08
9 But Not for Me [Take 1] (Gershwin, Gershwin)  5:40
10 But Not for Me [Take 2] (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:35
11 Doxy (Rollins)  4:50


Cd. 4

1 Bags' Groove [Take 1] (Jackson)  11:11
2 Bags' Groove [Take 2] (Jackson)  9:21
3 Bemsha Swing (Monk, Best)  9:27
4 Swing Spring (Davis)  10:39
5 The Man I Love [Take 1] (Gershwin, Gershwin)  8:02
6 The Man I Love [Take 2] (Gershwin, Gershwin)  7:57
7 I Didn't (Davis)  6:02
8 Will You Still Be Mine ? (Dennis, Adair)  6:20


Cd. 5

1 Green Haze (Davis)  5:48
2 I See Your Face Before Me (Dietz, Schwartz)  4:43
3 A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie, Paparelli)  7:20
4 A Gal in Calico (Robin, Schwartz)  5:15
5 Dr. Jackle (McLean)  8:52
6 Bitty Ditty (Jones)  6:35
7 Minor March (McLean)  8:12
8 Changes (Bryant)  7:08
9 In Your Own Sweet Way (Brubeck)  4:34
10 No Line (Davis)  5:39
11 Vierd Blues (Davis)  6:52


Cd. 6

1 Stablemates (Golson)  5:19
2 How Am I to Know ? (Parker, King)  4:37
3 Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me) (Ellington, Gaines)  7:25
4 There Is No Greater Love (Jones, Symes)  5:17
5 The Theme (Davis)  5:47
6 S'posin' (Denniker, Razaf)  5:13
7 In Your Own Sweet Way (Brubeck)  5:40
8 Diane (Rapee, Pollack)  7:45
9 Trane's Blues (Coltrane)  8:25
10 Something I Dreamed Last Night (Yellen, Magidson, Fain)  6:12


Cd. 7

1 It Could Happen to You (Burke, VanHeusen)  6:28
2 Woody 'N You (Gillespie)  4:53
3 Ahmad's Blues (Jamal)  7:21
4 The Surrey With the Fringe on Top (Hammerstein, Rodgers)  9:02
5 It Never Entered My Mind (Rodgers, Hart)  5:20
6 When I Fall in Love (Heyman, Young)  4:21
7 Salt Peanuts (Gillespie, Clarke)  6:06
8 Four (Davis)  7:11
9 The Theme [Take 1] (Davis)  1:57
10 The Theme [Take 2] (Davis)  1:02
11 If I Were a Bell (Loesser)  8:09
12 Well, You Needn't (Monk)  6:14


Cd. 8

1 'Round About Midnight (Monk, Williams, Hanighen) 5:20
2 Half Nelson (Davis) 4:45
3 You're My Everything (Duron, Young, Warren) 4:45
4 I Could Write a Book (Rodger, Hart) 5:05
5 Oleo (Rollins) 5:51
6 Airegin (Rollins) 4:22
7 Tune-Up (Davis) 5:40
8 When Lights Are Low (Carter, Williams) 7:26
9 Blues by Five (Garland) 9:59
10 My Funny Valentine (Rodger, Hart) 5:58


Featuring Bennie Green, Sonny Rollins, John Lewis, Lee Konitz, Billy Bauer, Max Roach, Jackie McLean, Charlie Parker, Percy Heath, Charles Mingus, Horace Silver, J. J. Johnson, Lucky Thompson, Milt Jackson, Thelonious Monk, Red Garland, Tommy Flanagan, Paul Chambers, John Coltrane, etc...

Recorded between January 17, 1951 & October 26, 1956.

See the complete artwork for more details
(sessions details, dates, locations & places, musicians, etc)


mainechicken said...

Thanks so much. I will try it. BTW Your Blog is amazing!!!

jazzlover said...

Hope the nº8 cames Ok,many thx Melanchthon for this unknow, for me, work of Miles.

jazzlover said...

Mon cher ami Melanchthon, merci pour l'adresse en Sourceforgenet. Tute suite avec Miles Davis maintenant. Je conais Source Forge mais non conais pas l'archive 7z.

lcbriza said...

Thanks Melanchthon for your effort to provide us another masterpiece of the great Miles.

CHURLIE said...

great job, this box set contains the best jazz in the history of the world, period. Thanks dude

ZM-JazzRock said...


Kovina Kris said...

Simply unbelievable post Mel. Thank you so very much.

duck said...

Mel, i got back to where it all began, impressed that almost all of the links are good, just amazing. Now it's time to check your latest posts. a wonderful journey and such a lot of great music. see you at the other end.

Lotus Coatl said...

Congratulations for this Blog. There's a plenty of fantastic music here!
I can't open the files of Miles Davis-Complete Prestige Recordings (8cd). The files downloaded are not rar or win-zip files as the other stuff in this blog. What kind of files are? Wich kind of program do you use to decompress them?
Thank you so much

Jazzbuff said...

WOWWWW!!! Finally reached the very first post after months of digging in your vaults. What an effort, what a collection. On overwhelming amount of music. Hoping to live enough to be able to enjoy it :)
No amount of THANK YOU's can be enough
You are a gift to (Jazz) humanity!

L.O.L. said...

The 1st post. :)

Byy0 said...

Fantástico, muchísimas gracias.

reindeer man said...

The longest journey begins with the first step...

What an awesome journey.

scw said...

Many thanks for so much. I managed to find 1, 3,and 4 but the links to disc 2,5,6,7,8 and the artwork dont work. Is it me! or have they gone?

ZM-JazzRock said...

@ Lotus Coatl,
You need to use this software: 7zip.
It's free and you can easily google and find it.
And in order to extract the files, you'll need to use one of the usual pw herein: melanchthon / Melanchthon / bloom / directions
Good luck, pal!

Chris said...

Thanks a lot Mel for all the extra takes that the original albums didn't have.

jose luis said...

I found this post too late, the embedupload links are useless because mixcloud doesn't have any link anymore and rapidshare doesn't have free use of links, only paying for an account. Maybe reposting all with zippyshare ?

jose luis said...

Hello Mel, is too much to ask for re-post the links of CD 3, 4 & 5 in Zippyshare or anyone more friendly than Rapidshare ?,I open an account but it is impposible to download anything more. Thank you.

jose luis said...

Hola Melanchthon, muchas gracias por su cortesía de no responder a ninguna comunicación como un e-mail, un comentario en el post elegido o en la página de comentarios y contribuciones.
Evidentemente le gusta que comenten quienes ven sus posts pero le molesta comunicarse con sus visitantes.
Afortunadamente encontré esa misma colección en Avaxhome y tiene links activos de Depositfile en vez de Rapidshit.

x rkia said...

Hi All

is there any chance that these jewel's files be reposted one more time on more reliable hosting sites any time soon ?!


jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel! It is great to have the rapidshare links working again. You continue to do great work.

Melanchthon said...


jose arboleda said...

Que gran aportación muchs gracias.

musician3 said...

GREAT.................THANK YOU FOR ALL

Eric said...

Thank you. Nothing else need be said.

Isidoro Macarena said...

muchas gracias

Luis Lorenzo said...

Una magnífica selección del maestro. Gracias Mel!

Unknown said...

Really fantastic post, thanks very much!

Juliomm said...

Fantástica música, gracias amigo !!

Paper Kosmonaut said...

Thanks. This is great to find. And thanks for using zippyshare.

-Otto- said...

Thank you for the re-up of this box set. Thanks, Melanchthon!

chuchuni said...

What Otto said, many thanks Mel.

Melanchthon said...

Thanks for your comments, fellows...

Musrafak said...

Oh, Melanch!
Mucho me apena tu desprendida generosidad, más los links de zippy han expirado desde el tercer disco.

artefacto said...


Thanks a lot for share them.
One note:
From cd 3 to last the server_Deleted_he files.
Can you upload again, please?

sikes said...

Hi Mel, could i also ask you for cd3 to cd8 to be reposted, apologies if i am asking for too many re-ups but you do have a great blog here and i came to it a little late for these posts, thanks again.

Benjamin Riley said...

Hello, Mel--could you refresh the ZippyShare links for CD 4 (Bags' Groove)?

Many thanks from Benjamin

Anonymous said...

Would sure appreciate a refresh on this one. Thanks for all.

Anonymous said...

First off, what a treasure chest of a blog. Thank you!

Secondly, echoing some of the above comments, a re-up on this box set would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much in advance,

roberth said...

any chance of a re up?
thanks for all the recent parker