Circle in the Round

Circle in the Round

by Miles Davis


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Although this two-disc set is a compilation -- primarily consisting of extended outtakes -- Circle in the Round features the true colors of jazz chameleon Miles Davis (trumpet) during a 15-year (1955-1970) span from eight different recording sessions. Whether it was serendipity or astute coordination that gathered these sides together, Davis enthusiasts will undoubtedly find plenty to enjoy from his prolific and seemingly perpetual metamorphosis. The sessions are presented chronologically for the most part, beginning with a composite of "Two Bass Hit." This version is from an October 1955 Kind of Blue session featuring John Coltrane (tenor sax) and a band Davis refers to as "the trio": Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), and Philly Joe Jones (drums). From the May 1958 recording date comes another major session featuring an all-star lineup: Julian "Cannonball" Adderley (alto sax), Coltrane (tenor sax), Bill Evans (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), and Jimmy Cobb (drums). Their single take on Cole Porter's "Love for Sale" is an amazing performance that allows for some intensely cool solos from Miles and Adderley in particular. Listen as well for some tasty piano fills from Evans, as this is the sort of interaction that he'd become synonymous with. Although "Blues No. 2" is taken from the final session at which Davis and Coltrane would record together, studio documentation reveals that Coltrane did not perform on this piece. The title track appears in an unedited form on the Miles Davis Quintet, 1965-68: The Complete Columbia Studio box set. It is a heavily Eastern-influenced freebop work featuring Davis -- who is also credited with performing on chimes during this session -- with his famous late-'60s quintet, featuring Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Herbie Hancock (celeste), Ron Carter (bass), and Tony Williams (drums), as well as Joe Beck (guitar). Two early-1968 sessions featuring George Benson (guitar) with the previously mentioned quintet make up the bulk of the second disc. These tracks are fusion incarnate. The delicate interplay between Benson and Hancock is inspiring on both versions of "Side Car" -- although the second reading seems more focused. From a January 1970 Bitches Brew session is a jaw-dropping reading of David Crosby's "Guinnevere," a complete version of which is available on the highly recommended Complete Bitches Brew Sessions (August 1969-February 1970) box set. Although seemingly hodgepodge in arrangement, Circle in the Round is a brilliant examination of the depth of scope and range possessed by Miles Davis.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/15/2009
Label: Sony Bmg Europe
UPC: 5099746789824
catalogNumber: 7467898
Rank: 23630

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miles Davis   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Chimes,Bells
Cannonball Adderley   Alto Saxophone
Joe Beck   Electric Guitar
George Benson   Electric Guitar
Ron Carter   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Jack DeJohnette   Drums
Bill Evans   Piano
Red Garland   Piano
Herbie Hancock   Piano,Celeste,Cello,Electric Piano
Dave Holland   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Bennie Maupin   Bass Clarinet
Hank Mobley   Tenor Saxophone
Wayne Shorter   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Tony Williams   Drums
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Airto Moreira   Percussion
Joe Zawinul   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Khalil Balakrishna   Sitar
Harvey Brooks   Electric Bass
Paul Chambers   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Billy Cobham   Drums
John Coltrane   Tenor Saxophone
Armando Anthony Corea   Keyboards,Electric Piano

Technical Credits

Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
John Lewis   Composer
Jim Fishel   Producer
James Isaacs   Liner Notes
Frank Laico   Engineer
Joe McEwen   Producer
Fred Plaut   Engineer
Tadayuki Naitoh   Concept
Harold Chapman   Engineer
Ken Robbins   Cover Art
Stanley Tonkel   Engineer,Remixing

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