Saturday, July 2, 2016

Miles Davis & The Modern Jazz Giants

The 1954 session is notable as the only time Thelonious Monk made a studio recording with Davis the two men did not get on well, as Davis felt Monk ought to be "laying out" (refraining from playing) during the trumpeter's solos. Ira Gitler, who was present at the session and wrote the sleevenotes for the album, dispels the myth that the two men confronted each other physically, but there was argument throughout the session. The first take of "The Man I Love" has a false start caused by Monk asking when he should start playing, and an exasperated Davis telling engineer Rudy Van Gelder, "Hey Rudy, put this on the record, man all of it !". In his autobiography, Davis recalls "When I heard stories later saying that me and him was almost about to fight after I had him lay out while I was playing on 'Bags' Groove,' I was shocked, because Monk and I were, first, very close, and second, he was too big and strong for me to even be thinking about fighting [...] All I did was tell him to lay out when I was playing. My asking him to lay out had something to do with music, not friendship. He used to tell cats to lay out himself."
"Bags' Groove", also recorded at the 1954 session, can be found on the album Bags' Groove.

Source :

Miles Davis
The Modern Jazz Giants


1 The Man I Love [take 2] (Gershwin, Gershwin)  7:59
2 Swing Spring (Davis)  10:46
3 'Round Midnight (Hanighen, Williams, Monk)  5:25
4 Bemsha Swing (Monk, Best)  9:33
5 The Man I Love [take 1] (Gershwin, Gershwin)  8:29


[# 1, 2, 4 & 5]
Miles Davis - tp
Milt Jackson - vb
Thelonious Monk - p
Percy Heath - b
Kenny Clarke - dr
[# 3]
Miles Davis - tp
John Coltrane - ts
Red Garland - p
Paul Chambers - b
Philly Joe Jones - dr

Recorded at the Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, New Jersey ; December 24, 1954 & 26 October 26, 1956 [# 3]


neil said...

Thanks for the opportunity to upgrade from my mp3s, mel...

LaroSwing said...

Thank you sharing some more Miles

CrunchyFrog said...

Thanks for the Miles masterpiece!

OldHippieRick said...

sweet thanks mel

Albertito Jazz said...

Muchas gracias, Melanchthon! :-)

5 cents said...

Thank you Mel. Love these older Prestige albums.


thanks mate

grouchmarx said...

Thank you so much.

AmyBRAINS said...

Great, great, great album!!
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you

fcapeau said...

Wow, Mel, you made my day ! I didn't listen to this gem for a so long time .....Same pleasure ! Many thanks

adakun said...

Gracias Mel por esta maravilla.

Pablos N said...

No me funciona el enlace. Podrías reponerlo? Gracias.

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Stefano said...


Angelo said...

Muito obrigado!

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thnk y vry mch Ml

Pee said...

Thanks for sharing this classic!

Kovina Kris said...

Another upgrade. Thank you!