Miles Davis – Take Off: The Complete Blue Note Albums (2014) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Miles Davis – Take Off: The Complete Blue Note Albums (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/44,1kHz | Time – 01:37:44 minutes | 870 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © CM BLUE NOTE (A92)

Blue Note is proudly releasing the Blue Note Select collections for Miles Davis, with original recordings sequenced as they were first released on 10-inch or 78 RPM singles (a departure from previous reissues, which have used recording chronology or later 12-inch versions of the albums for their sequences).

Take Off: The Complete Blue Note Albums is the flagship of this series – a new, Miles Davis Estate-approved collection of Davis’ three Blue Note 10-inch albums plus all alternate takes issued on subsequent 12-inch albums and CD reissues: a total of 26 tracks recorded for Blue Note Records on three dates in 1952, ’53 and ’54.

This is the first time Davis’ 10-inch albums – Young Man With A Horn, Miles Davis Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 – have been issued in their original sequence since the early 1950s.

The 2014 double-disc anthology Take Off: The Complete Blue Note Albums compiles tracks jazz trumpeter Miles Davis recorded for Blue Note Records during the ’50s. These are recordings made after Davis left Prestige, but not including the 1949-1950 sessions later released as the classic 1957 album Birth of the Cool. Here, instead, we get recordings that were initially released as 10″ LPs titled Young Man with a Horn, Miles Davis, Vol. 2, and Miles Davis, Vol. 3. Also included are all of the alternate takes that accompanied the original releases. Backing Davis on these sessions is a veritable who’s who of future jazz hall of famers, including drummer Art Blakey, pianist Horace Silver, saxophonist Jackie McLean, and others. These recordings were made during a comparatively fallow period in Davis’ career, just as he was emerging from his initial bout with heroin addiction. Here, cuts like the sanguine “Yesterdays” and the poignant “It Never Entered My Mind” reveal a darker, if no less melodic, version of the trumpeter who had previously paid his dues, chasing the shadow of Dizzy Gillespie in Charlie Parker’s quintet. In fact, Davis tackles several Gillespie-associated compositions here, including “Woody ‘N You” and “Ray’s Idea,” delivering them in his own understated, if no less bravura, style. This is the beginning of Davis the minimalist, eschewing flowery asides for straightforward, unadorned melodic line readings and improvisations played in a vibrato-free eighth-note style. In that sense, these cuts prefigure the more aggressive hard bop and harmonically challenging post-bop of the ’60s; styles that Davis later helped to innovate with his “first great quintet.” Ultimately, the tracks on Take Off: The Complete Blue Note Albums point the way toward Davis’ landmark Columbia albums that transformed him from one of the best jazz trumpeters on the N.Y.C. scene into an international superstar.
– Matt Collar

1. Miles Davis Quintet – Dear Old Stockholm (Remastered 1998)
2. Miles Davis Quintet – Chance It
3. Miles Davis Quintet – Yesterdays (Remastered 1998)
4. Miles Davis Quintet – Donna (Remastered 2001)
5. Miles Davis Quintet – Would’n You (Remastered 1998)
6. Miles Davis Quintet – How Deep Is The Ocean (Remastered 1998)
7. Miles Davis Quintet – Kelo (Remastered 1998)
8. Miles Davis Quintet – Enigma (Remastered 1998)
9. Miles Davis Quintet – Ray’s Idea (Remastered 1998)
10. Miles Davis Quintet – Tempus Fugit (Remastered 1998)
11. Miles Davis Quintet – C.T.A. (Remastered 1998)
12. Miles Davis Quintet – I Waited For You
13. Miles Davis Quintet – Take Off (Remastered 1998)
14. Miles Davis Quintet – Lazy Susan (Remastered 1998)
15. Miles Davis Quintet – The Leap (Remastered 1998)
16. Miles Davis Quintet – Well You Needn’t (Remastered 1998)
17. Miles Davis Quintet – Weirdo (Remastered 1998)
18. Miles Davis Quintet – It Never Entered My Mind (Remastered)
19. Miles Davis Quintet – Chance It (Alternate Take)
20. Miles Davis Quintet – Donna (Alternate Take)
21. Miles Davis Quintet – Woody’n You (Alternate Take)
22. Miles Davis Quintet – Kelo (Alternate Take)
23. Miles Davis Quintet – Enigma (Alternate Take)
24. Miles Davis Quintet – Ray’s Idea (Alternate Take)
25. Miles Davis Quintet – Tempus Fugit (Alternate Take)
26. Miles Davis Quintet – C.T.A. (Alternate Take)



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