Miles Davis - Love Songs

Miles Davis - Love Songs
Release Date:
February 2, 1999
Recording Date:
May 10, 1957 - February 12, 1964
Love Songs
Hard Bop, Modal Music, Cool, Jazz Instrument, Trumpet Jazz

Nine examples of Miles Davis caressing a ballad at a slow tempo are included on this 1999 CD, Love Songs. All of the music is easily available elsewhere, but it is interesting to hear the different approaches that the trumpeter could employ in sticking close to a lyrical melody. There are two numbers ("My Ship" and "I Loves You, Porgy") from Davis' collaborations with arranger Gil Evans, selections from his 1961 quintet with Hank Mobley ("I Thought About You" and "Old Folks"), and his groups with George Coleman ("I Fall in Love Too Easily," "Summer Night," and a lengthy "My Funny Valentine"). "Stella by Starlight," by his 1958 super sextet (with John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, and Bill Evans) and Davis' famous version of "Someday My Prince Will Come" (in which his Hank Mobley quintet is joined by guest John Coltrane) are also here. Surprisingly, "'Round Midnight" is absent. Due to the slow tempos and the lack of variety in moods, this set is really designed more for background music than for close listening.

I Fall in Love Too Easily / Sammy Cahn / Jule StyneMiles Davis6:48
I Thought About You / James Van Heusen / Johnny MercerMiles Davis4:56
Summer Night / Al Dubin / Harry WarrenMiles Davis6:05
My Ship / Ira Gershwin / Kurt WeillMiles Davis4:34
Someday My Prince Will Come / Frank Churchill / Larry MoreyMiles Davis9:09
Stella by Starlight / Ned Washington / Victor YoungMiles Davis4:51
My Funny Valentine / Lorenz Hart / Richard RodgersMiles Davis15:09
I Loves You, Porgy / George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin / DuBose HeywardMiles Davis3:40
Old Folks / Dedette Lee Hill / Willard RobisonMiles Davis5:17

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