Miles Davis Volume 1

Miles Davis Volume 1 refers to two separate but related entities. The title was originally used for the first time in a pair of compilation albums of recordings made by Miles Davis in 1952, 1953 and 1954, released in 1956 (and reissued many times) as BLP 1501 on the Blue Note Records label.

Miles Davis Volume 1
Miles Davis Volume 1.jpg
Compilation album by
ReleasedJanuary 1956[1]
RecordedMay 9, 1952 & April 20, 1953 WOR Studios, New York City
March 6, 1954 Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey
GenreJazz
Length43:36 LP
58:18 CD reissue
LabelBlue Note
ProducerAlfred Lion
Michael Cuscuna (2001)
Miles Davis chronology
Dig
(1956)
Miles Davis Volume 1
(1956)
Miles Davis Volume 2
(1956)
12" LP cover
BLP 1501[2]
BLP 1501[2]
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
All Music4/5 stars[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings3/4 stars [4]

Miles Davis Volume 1 also refers to a CD compilation that contains the entirety of Young Man with a Horn (BLP 5013, 1951) plus three alternate takes, plus the entirety of Miles Davis, Vol. 3 (BLP 5040, 1954), both released on 10-inch LP.

The album was identified by Scott Yanow in his Allmusic essay "Hard Bop" in 2010 as one of the 17 Essential Hard Bop Recordings.[5]

Release historyEdit

The 12-inch LP (BLP 1501) was originally released in January 1956, followed by Volume 2 (BLP 1502), after Davis won the Down Beat readers poll as best trumpeter.[6] The two volumes of rereleased Miles Davis material were the first releases in Blue Note's new 1500 series of 12"LPs.[7] The music compiled on the two volumes was from three separate recording sessions made over 1952–54, some of which had been previously issued as singles, and as three now discontinued 10-inch LPs. Volume 1 contained takes of the May 9, 1952 and April 20, 1953 sessions for the label, including alternate takes of some songs. The master takes had originally been issued in 10"LP format under the titles Young Man with a Horn (BLP 5013), and Miles Davis Volume 2 (BLP 5022). The original BLP 1501 running order is available on some Japanese CD versions and from HDTracks.

The 1988 CD edition (Blue Note CDP 7 81501 2) reused the cover from BLP 1501, but had different content. The CD compiled the entire tracks recorded on May 9, 1952, and March 6, 1954, whereas the complete 1953 session is now on Miles Davis Volume 2. By appending the alternate takes directly after master takes, of the initial 10-inch release Young Man with a Horn, it did not maintain the original order of the historic record.

The 2001 CD edition (7243 5 32610 2 3) used new cover art based on 1954's Volume 3, and was remastered by Rudy Van Gelder. Like the 1988 version, it contained the entire 1952 and 1954 sessions, but with alternates following the original running order of BLP 5013.

Track listingEdit

1956 12" LPEdit

Blue Note – BLP 1501[7]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)SessionLength
1."Tempus Fugit"Bud PowellApril 20, 19533:53
2."Kelo"Jay Jay JohnsonApril 20, 19533:30
3."Enigma"Jay Jay JohnsonApril 20, 19533:25
4."Ray's Idea"Gil Fuller, Ray BrownApril 20, 19533:46
5."How Deep Is the Ocean?"Irving BerlinMay 9, 19524:40
6."C.T.A" (Alternate Take)Jimmy HeathApril 20, 19533:18
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)SessionLength
1."Dear Old Stockholm"TraditionalMay 9, 19524:13
2."Chance It"Oscar PettifordMay 9, 19523:04
3."Yesterdays"Jerome Kern, Otto HarbachMay 9, 19523:46
4."Donna" (Alternate Take)Jackie McLeanMay 9, 19523:12
5."C.T.A"Jimmy HeathApril 20, 19533:36
6."Woody 'n' You" (Alternate Take)Dizzy GillespieMay 9, 19523:23
Total length:43:36

2001 CDEdit

Blue Note – 7243 5 32610 2 3[8]

No.TitleWriter(s)SessionLength
1."Dear Old Stockholm"TraditionalMay 9, 19524:13
2."Chance It"Oscar PettifordMay 9, 19523:04
3."Donna" (a.k.a. Dig)Jackie McLeanMay 9, 19523:14
4."Woody 'n' You"Dizzy GillespieMay 9, 19523:26
5."Yesterdays"Jerome Kern, Otto HarbachMay 9, 19523:46
6."How Deep Is the Ocean?"Irving BerlinMay 9, 19524:40
7."Chance It" (Alternate Take)Oscar PettifordMay 9, 19522:54
8."Donna" (Alternate Take)Jackie McLeanMay 9, 19523:12
9."Woody 'n' You" (Alternate Take)Dizzy GillespieMay 9, 19523:23
10."Take Off"Miles DavisMarch 6, 19543:41
11."Lazy Susan"Miles DavisMarch 6, 19544:03
12."The Leap"Miles DavisMarch 6, 19544:32
13."Well, You Needn't"Thelonious MonkMarch 6, 19545:24
14."Weirdo"Miles DavisMarch 6, 19544:45
15."It Never Entered My Mind"Richard Rodgers, Lorenz HartMarch 6, 19544:01
Total length:43:36

MusiciansEdit

May 9, 1952 [9]
April 20, 1953[10]
March 6, 1954[11]
  • Miles Davis - trumpet
  • Horace Silver - piano
  • Percy Heath - bass
  • Art Blakey - drums

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Billboard, February 4, 1956". Billboard. 4 February 1956. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  2. ^ This is the original cover for the 1956 12" LP and earlier CD releases. The 2001 RVG edition of the album (above) is a slightly altered version of the cover for Miles Davis Volume 3, Blue Note 5040 (10" LP).
  3. ^ "Miles Davis Volume 1 (All Music review)". All Music. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 341. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  5. ^ "Hard Bop (Essay) by Scott Yanow". All Music. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  6. ^ Leonard Feather in the original liner notes to Miles Davis Volume 1 (1956).
  7. ^ a b "Miles Davis Volume 1". Discogs. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  8. ^ "Miles Davis Volume 1 (CD Reissue)". Discogs. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
  9. ^ "Session details: May 9, 1952". Miles Ahead: A Miles Davis Website. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
  10. ^ "Session details: April 20, 1953". Miles Ahead: A Miles Davis Website. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
  11. ^ "Session details: March 6, 1954". Miles Ahead: A Miles Davis Website. Retrieved April 20, 2017.