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  Miles Davis Quintet: Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet
  "Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet"

Miles Davis Quintet:
Miles Davis
John Coltrane
Red Garland
Paul Chambers
Philly Joe Jones
Track listing:
  1. If I were A Bell
2. You're my Everything
3. I Could Write a Book
4. Oleo
5. It Could Happen To You
6. Woody'N You
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Review by Barb October 27, 2007 (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
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M. Davis tp, J. Coltrane ts, R. Garland p, P. Chambers b, P. J. Jones ds, Prestige 1956 monaural.
May be this is the best line-up that has ever played together in the history of jazz. They are playing six standards in thrilling interpretations, relaxed ballads and up-tempo tracks, with breathtaking solos of Davis and Coltrane. Nothing`s left to say about The Rhythm Section. Jazz at the best from the 50`s, my favourite decade in the jazz history. Rhythm, melodies, interplay, soloing everything you can get of exciting jazz here it is.
It`s a 50`s recording with that typical nostalgic, pleasing sound that I like more than some of the modern over-engineered multi-tracks recorded in five different studios resulting in a completely synthetic sound. Here the guys are playing together and are recorded live, something that has become very rare nowadays. May be, it does not reach today`s audiophile standards, but it is a great pleasure to listen to.

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Review by JW August 22, 2004 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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'The' quintet at one of its many peaks: Davis (trumpet), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Philly Joe Jones (drums), and Red Garland (piano) performing some of their live sets in the studio. The albums comes with studio commentary, false starts (whistle) and all - it akes you feel you are looking in on the session. On APO's issue of Cookin' there is even a track named "Studio Chatter" :-)

Relaxin' offers a nice blend of swing and ballads. It's one of those classic jazz albums from Miles' acoustic period that I like so much. It seems to embody 'jazz' for me. Sonically I find this album pretty good, though it has some metallic treble on the brass and some hardness in the piano overtones and the soundstaging is sometimes a little bunched-up in the middle (this is a mono recording). I cannot compare it to the RBCD or LP (yet), but I do have some of the Acoustic Sounds SACD's. The Fantasy series are good value for money (especially via the BMG offer). They fall a little short of the aforementioned APO series. The APO's are recorded slighty warmer and more analog sounding, to these ears at least. On the AP disc the piano has a somewhat deeper, richer sound and the trumpet has a less metallic top-end. But if you don't do a side-by-sde comparison this SACD sounds plenty good ! I'd like to rate a 3.5 Star but I can't, but I applaud the Fantasy effort.


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Review by FivePointOne July 21, 2004 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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In terms of sonics, this is a bit disappointing. I've read that Fantasy used a second generation master for this SACD. I don't know if that is true, but the sound quality is only slightly better than the standard CD issued a few years ago. Slightly better. Which is okay if you get it as part of a sale from BMG Music Club. The tunes themselves are nice, and I truly enjoy this period of Miles (w/John Coltrane) more than any other era.

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