Miles Davis Plays for Lovers

Performers Miles Davis

Fantasy Records (USA) | January 24, 2006 | Compact Disc

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Miles Davis Plays for Lovers collects a number of ballads from the trumpeter's mid-'50s albums to create a lovely late-night disc for friends, night owls, and couples in love. The core band for three-quarters of the album consists of trumpeter Davis, tenor John Coltrane, pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones. There's an elegant beauty to pieces like "My Funny Valentine" and "You're My Everything," featuring the rhythm section's spare, tasteful backdrop and the carefully chosen notes of Davis and Coltrane's horns. Even when this lineup shifts occasionally, the low-light mood remains. Bassist Charles Mingus lends a hand on "Smooch" and "Easy Living," while pianist Horace Silver chimes in on "You Don't Know What Love Is." There are fabulous takes of "'Round Midnight," originally recorded for Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants, and the peaceful, melancholy closer, "When I Fall in Love." Davis' refined trumpet style, with its full-bodied notes and use of quiet spaces, has reached an early peak here. One also notices the intricate ensemble work by these various groups, with each musician playing just the right number of notes. Plays for Lovers is an exquisite disc that will also serve as a fine introduction to Davis' 1953-1956 work. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford Jr.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: January 24, 2006

Genre: Trumpet

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2003

Label Name: Fantasy Records (USA)

UPC: 025218901925

Found in: Trumpet

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Miles Davis Plays for Lovers

Performers Miles Davis
Guest Artist(s) Charles Mingus, Elvin Jones, Horace Silver, John Coltrane, Max Roach, Paul Chambers, Red Garland
Producer Richard Seidel (Compilation)
Engineer Rudy Van Gelder

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: January 24, 2006

Genre: Trumpet

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2003

Label Name: Fantasy Records (USA)

UPC: 025218901925


Title Track Time
1.My Funny Valentine --
2.You're My Everything --
3.Smooch --
4.Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me) --
5.Easy Living --
6.There Is No Greater Love --
7.It Never Entered My Mind --
8.In Your Own Sweet Way --
9.You Don't Know What Love Is --
10.Nature Boy --
11.'Round Midnight --
12.When I Fall in Love --

Editorial Notes

Miles Davis Plays for Lovers collects a number of ballads from the trumpeter's mid-'50s albums to create a lovely late-night disc for friends, night owls, and couples in love. The core band for three-quarters of the album consists of trumpeter Davis, tenor John Coltrane, pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones. There's an elegant beauty to pieces like "My Funny Valentine" and "You're My Everything," featuring the rhythm section's spare, tasteful backdrop and the carefully chosen notes of Davis and Coltrane's horns. Even when this lineup shifts occasionally, the low-light mood remains. Bassist Charles Mingus lends a hand on "Smooch" and "Easy Living," while pianist Horace Silver chimes in on "You Don't Know What Love Is." There are fabulous takes of "'Round Midnight," originally recorded for Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants, and the peaceful, melancholy closer, "When I Fall in Love." Davis' refined trumpet style, with its full-bodied notes and use of quiet spaces, has reached an early peak here. One also notices the intricate ensemble work by these various groups, with each musician playing just the right number of notes. Plays for Lovers is an exquisite disc that will also serve as a fine introduction to Davis' 1953-1956 work. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford Jr.
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