Charlie Parker had just recently died (in March of 1955) and Miles Davis was in the process of forming his first classic quintet when he recorded this date. The trumpeter is featured on a quartet outing with celebrated bassist Oscar Pettiford (with whom Miles had already recorded for Blue Note in 1952 –these were to be their last recordings together), pianist Red Garland, and drummer Philly Joe Jones (both of whom would also form part of the aforementioned quintet –with John Coltrane on tenor sax and Paul Chambers on bass). The program consisted of four standards, a blues (“Green Haze”), and the original tune “I didn’t”, which was Miles’ humorous answer to Thelonious Monk’s “Well, You Needn’t”. The interpretations are generally lyrical and melodic, and even “A Night in Tunisia” sounds a bit mellow. A version of “How Deep Is the Ocean?” from Miles’ only other studio session with Oscar Pettiford (the aforementioned 1952 date) has been added here as a bonus.
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