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Miles Davis – Miles Davis And The Modern Jazz Giants


Here are four tracks from one of the classic sessions of all time when a combination of giants gathered in Rudy Van Gelder¹s studio for a historic meeting on Christmas Eve afternoon, 1954. With Thelonious Monk and three-quarters of the Modern Jazz Quartet (Jackson, Heath and Clarke) as his accomplices, Miles blends sophisticated harmonic knowledge with raw, spontaneous invention to produce extraordinary music. The two takes of “The Man I Love” are quite different within their basic similarity.

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Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants make a formidable team, enjoyed by fans in New York and San Francisco as well as in countless places in between and beyond.
The team itself is a potent mixture of the top modern jazz veterans of the Forties and Fifities and more recently established stars of the Fifties.

AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

Including sessions recorded the same day as those on Bags Groove, this album includes more classic performances from the date that matched together trumpeter Miles Davis, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, pianist Thelonious Monk, bassist Percy Heath, and drummer Kenny Clarke. Davis and Monk actually did not get along all that well, and the trumpeter did not want Monk playing behind his solos. Still, a great deal of brilliant music occurred on the day of their encounter, including “The Man I Love,” “Bemsha Swing,” and “Swing Spring.”


1. The Man I Love
2. Swing Spring
3. ‘Round About Midnight
4. Bemsha Swing
5. The Man I Love (take 1)


Additional information

Weight 0.900 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm