COMPARED TO WHAT? Miles Davis, Milt Jackson Quintet/Sextet

As jazz enthusiasts, we are generally overly critical of this beloved music and anyone who doesn’t partake in it. True enough, classic jazz recordings encompass a unique and rare montage of original recordings by one-of-a-kind and exceptional artists. Let’s face it, no one can or should for that matter “compare” or attempt to “overshadow” what’s already been played and recorded. That’s why I say, “COMPARED TO WHAT?” because this generation’s voice was authentically supreme. Let’s cherish and savor each spin with gratitude as if was the last time we listened to it.

Although they were both seminal figures in the development of modern and cool jazz (and although both played together a lot at Birdland in the early fifties), Miles Davis and Milt Jackson only recorded together on a few occasions. As to be expected, their conjunct recordings produced splendid music. Their studio works originally appeared divided into three different albums. While their 1955 session (included here) was issued in its complete form on the LP Miles Davis All-Star Sextet/Quintet, the results from the famous Miles/Milt/Monk encounter were divided onto two different albums, one titled Bags’ Groove (containing only the two takes of the title track plus a quintet session with Sonny Rollins recorded on June 29, 1954) and Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants (which had the rest of the music from that session plus a version of “Round Midnight” recorded at the same sessions as the music from the celebrated Cookin’, Relaxin’, Workin’… series with John Coltrane).

The only other preserved encounter by Miles and Milt took place in Germany, during a tour that featured the members of the Modern Jazz Quartet (Milt included, of course) with Miles and a weak, sick Lester Young. ~Editorial Review | Amazon

At your leisure, spin this “SELF-TITLED” masterpiece by Miles & Milt.

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