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MILES DAVIS’S BOLDEST HEIGHTS

 

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The 1958 concert (long available on its own) includes an updated edition of that band—a sextet including Coltrane, the alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, and the pianist Bill Evans. The 1958 concert finds Davis in a state of fine excitement; he opens with an uptempo blast from the bebop songbook, “Ah-Leu-Cha,” and follows with a solo on Monk’s “Straight, No Chaser,” one of his classics of tense lyricism, built on solid, jaunty phrases that are as singable as an aria. Yet the contrast with Coltrane’s solos is sharp: though Davis takes most of the first solos, one could be excused for thinking that Coltrane is the band’s lead soloist, because he plays at greatest length and also seems to be bursting through the musical boundaries of jazz with his dizzying succession of rapid-fire flurries and dissonant leaps.

 

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